Startups Split $5 Million


A number of New Haven and area startups and resources have been rewarded with a slice of the state funding pie.


The first round of funding awards from CTNext (Connecticut’s “innovation ecosystem,” established in 2012) will divvy up $5 million over the next year to more than 20 individuals and companies that have demonstrated market demand, articulated clear objectives, earned support from other entrepreneurs, and demonstrated how they will be sustainable over time.


Recipients in New Haven include CURE: Bioscience Clubhouse (statewide, but based downtown), Elm City innovation “hub” The Grid (under the New Haven Economic Development Corp.), co-working space The Grove, artist collective Grove Studios, Independent Software, SeeClickFix as well as four executives-in-residence/growth advisors statewide.


Portions of the funding will also helped to fund Bridgeport’s first collaborative co-working space, B:Hive.


The grants are distributed through Connecticut Innovations Inc., which accepts proposals for additional projects for future funding.



Precision Pursues Euro Excellence


NORTH BRANFORD — Pre-clinical X-ray systems developer Precision X-Ray has been cited for excellence in Europe.


Precision named Maastricht, Netherlands-based Maastro Clinic as its European Center of Excellence for biological research in micro image-guided radio therapy, the first of several such centers the company plans to open worldwide.


Precision selects its centers in universities and institutes that demonstrate expertise; have a highly skilled team on-site with knowledge of physics, biology, engineering and medicine; conduct proper training of systems on cells and animals; and work toward advancement of technologies.



SCSU CIO Mollina Honored


NEW HAVEN — Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) Chief Information Officer Pablo Mollina has been named one of the top 100 most influential Hispanic Professionals in the IT industry by the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC).


The HITEC 100 were honored last month in Palo Alto, Calif. Mollina has been with SCSU since mid-2012 and since then has launched a CIO speaker series and expanded the hours of the school’s IT help desk. He hopes to continue to make IT more accessible to students and encourage innovation on campus.


Mollina was previously associate vice president for information technology and campus CIO at Georgetown University.