Nearly 400 entrepreneurs, investors and service providers gathered on October 27, 2011 at The Omni Hotel in New Haven for the Fifth Annual Innovation Pipeline Awards, a celebration of the most promising early stage and emerging technology companies in Connecticut identified by the Connecticut Technology Council (CTC) as having the best potential to be a successful enterprise.
The Pipeline Awards was part of a larger event being held that day called the: Cantor Colburn/CCAT/ First Niagara Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summit, which included the Northeast ACA Angel Summit sponsored by Connecticut's Angel Investor Forum. Nearly 100 angel investors from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania attended to hear from five companies presented to fellow angels by one of the many participating angel groups for the sake of deal syndication. As that early day program came to an end, the crowd was joined by nearly another 300 attendees for the late afternoon/ evening program, the Pipeline Awards followed by the Technology Showcase. 70 "Companies to Watch" sharing their technology products and services with attendees in a poster fair.
The keynote address was delivered by futurist Watts Wacker -- a bestselling author, lecturer, political commentator and social critic. He gave A Wizards View of 21st Century Innovation.