2012 New England Innovation Awards Winners and Finalists

Winners

Corporate Reimbursement Services, Inc. designs and administers vehicle reimbursement programs and expense management solutions for companies with mobile employees.  Each program maximizes the benefits of combining tax-free reimbursements with an easily managed and automated process for administration, resulting in lower costs, enhanced productivity, and increased employee satisfaction.  www.crsinc.com.
G-Form designs and manufactures protective athletic apparel and protective cases for consumer electronics products featuring our patent-pending Reactive Protection Technology (RPTTM), a material that stiffens upon impact in order to absorb force and disperse energy.  Our technology has been proven to absorb over 94% of the shock from impact, far more than leading competitors. www.g-form.com.
HubSpot’s vision is to provide a (killer) marketing application and provide great advice to businesses of all sizes enabling them to leverage these disruptive effects of the internet to “get found” by more prospects shopping in their niche, convert a higher percentage of prospects into customers and analyze the results to figure out what works for their target audience.  www.hubspot.com.
MassChallenge is the largest-ever startup competition and accelerator, with $1M in cash prizes given away each year to the winning teams. Any startup can enter, from anywhere, in any industry. Finalists are accepted into a 3-month accelerator program featuring mentorship, training office space, access to funding, media and more. www.masschallenge.org.
More Than Words is a non-profit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. www.mtwyouth.org.
Millivision, a small company in South Deerfield MA. applies its expertise in passive millimeter wave imaging technology to develop concealed object detection systems for government and commercial applications without the concern for privacy and safety that accompanies competitive options. Millivision is growing rapidly with 2012  doubling to $4M from the 2011 and grow to over $10M in 2013. www.millivision.com.
Parcell Laboratories was formed around a stem cell technology founded at Harvard and The Brigham. The unique adult stem cell, called the ELA® cell, grows into all tissues and can be implanted without HLA matching.  Parcell’s first product has been used in 2,000 surgical procedures nationwide to enhance spinal fusion in the aging population.  Therapeutics in development include those for disc and cartilage regeneration.  Parcell’s technology is positioned to change the face of medicine. www.parcelllabs.com.
The Concord Consortium is a non-profit R&D organization, dedicated to transforming education through technology. We have pioneered learning innovations for science, mathematics, and engineering since 1994 and have successfully completed projects based on probeware, models and simulations, online teacher professional development, the nation’s first online high school, and the use of video case studies in teacher professional development. www.concord.org
uTest provides in-the-wild testing services for web, desktop and mobile applications. By leveraging a community of 50,000+ professional testers from 187 countries, uTest helps companies such as Google, Microsoft, AOL and Intuit test their apps under real-world conditions as a complement to lab testing. uTest’s services span the entire software development lifecycle, including functional, security, load, localization and usability testing. www.utest.com.
Xtalic creates performance breakthroughs using our proprietary Dynamic Nanostructure Control™ to custom tailor unique metal alloys to deliver new levels of performance, reduce use of high cost raw materials and replace toxic or unsafe materials.     Xtalic’s flagship product, XTRONIC, has been adopted by 19 Fortune 1000 firms in the electronics industry. www.xtalic.com.

Finalists

Alex and Ani is a company dedicated to creating products of unparalleled quality and beauty that promote consciousness and unity. Manufacturing in the United States and re-using and recycling materials is an integral part of Alex and Ani’s mission as a conscious and eco-friendly company. Alex and Ani’s collections are not only Eco-friendly, they are made up of powerful, meaningful, and spiritual pieces, which uplift and inspire all who wear them. www.alexandani.com.
Avedro develops ophthalmic devices, drugs, and procedures using accelerated cross-linking.  Avedro’s KXL™ System and VibeX™ riboflavin are used outside the US to perform Lasik Xtra™ for restoring the biomechanical strength of the cornea during Lasik, and the treatment of keratoconus and post-Lasik ectasia. Thousands of patients worldwide have been treated with KXL and in March, 2012 Avedro submitted an NDA to the FDA for its KXL cross-linking system for keratoconus and corneal ectasia following refractive surgery. www.avedro.com.
HighRes Biosolutions is the leader in the design and construction of innovative robotic systems and laboratory devices used by pharmaceutical, biotech, and academic research laboratories.  High-Res accelerates drug discovery, high throughput genotyping, siRNA screening, next-generation sequencing sample prep, biorepository science and molecular diagnostics with highly flexible, expandable and modular integrated systems, bench-top devices and consumables that are easily configured (and reconfigured) for fast-paced, dynamic laboratories. www.highresbio.com.
Homes for Our Troops is a nonprofit organization that exists to help rebuild the lives of our severely injured veterans through the gift of a specially-adapted home. These new homes help restore the freedom and independence they once enjoyed prior to their injuries and are built with support from the local community and donors across the country. www.homesforourtroops.org.
Indique Hair sells 100% virgin human hair through salons, beauty supply stores, beauty distributors and its own free standing hair extension botiques. Indique’s virgin natural hair can be colored, washed, dyed and reused. Indique is the first American brand to: distribute premium hair extensions through its own stores; market exclusively through content marketing and celebrity endorsements; and promote hair extensions through education at cosmetology schools via Indique Academy. www.indiquehair.com.
LevelUp is a faster, safer and smarter way for consumers to pay with their smartphones with a built-in integrated loyalty program for businesses.  LevelUp is live in 1,700+ merchants in 9 cities processing over $1 Million every month. LevelUp also provides in-depth analytics on spending habits and significantly decreases transaction costs for businesses by reducing interchange fees. www.thelevelup.com.
Myomo — My Own Motion — is a fast-growing medical device company whose mission is to restore movement in the paralyzed arms of over 4 million stroke survivors.  Using robotics technology developed at MIT, Myomo’s portable arm brace is used at hospitals across the country, including Spaulding Rehab and Walter Reed, and by patients at home to improve the quality of their lives.   www.myomo.com.
DIGITS is an innovative sixth-grade classroom program that pairs STEM professionals – individuals who work in science and technology-based companies – with sixth-grade classes throughout the state to spark students’ interest in math and science subjects and careers.  It is based on a specially  designed alphabet — with STEM icons embedded in each letter — and provides a platform for employee engagement in the schools. www.digits.us.com.
The Switch®, the leading customer controlled video transmission provider in North America, provides unprecedented customer controlled switching as a combined service offering with intercity connectivity to its growing 27 city network across The United States, Canada, and The United Kingdom.  Serving many industries, The Switch’s® high definition (HD) product offerings solve the market’s demand for higher video quality, less compression, increased efficiencies and cost savings. www.theswitch.tv.
A leading provider of enterprise mobility software, Verivo Software helps companies accelerate their business results. Its unique technology empowers teams to centrally build, deploy, manage and update their mobile apps — rapidly, securely and across multiple devices. Hundreds of companies in numerous industries around the world rely on Verivo’s platform to drive their mobility initiatives. www.verivo.com.
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