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SBANE Announces the Winners of the 2017 Innovation Awards

Tuesday, May 16, 2017  

Judges chose eight winners from an impressive pool of 194 nominees

WALTHAM, Mass., May 12, 2017 - The Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) has announced the eight winners of the prestigious 2017 SBANE New England Innovation Awards. The winners, narrowed from a list of 20 finalists, were announced at the May 11th Evening of Innovation program held at the Westin Hotel, Waltham, MA.

“The New England Innovation Awards showcases the most innovative companies in our region. This year, 194 companies from every state in New England participated in the program and presented their unique idea, product or service from many industries. These companies represent the best of the new economy. We are looking forward to following their successes as they grow,” said SBANE President, Karim Hill.

The nominees competed in two phases of judging. Phase 1 of the competition was held on March 28, 2017 at the Executive Conference Center at Bentley University in Waltham, MA where the nominees were narrowed to a list of 50 semi-finalists. In a second judging session, that list was then narrowed to 20 finalists.

The Finalists presented to a panel of 66 judges on April 13, 2017 at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, MA as part of Phase 2 of the competition. After the presentations, the judges chose four winners in the "Profit" category and two in the "Non-Profit" category. Two companies were honored as "Rising Stars", who are in the early stage of development and have clearly demonstrated the validity of their business.

"For 32 years, SBANE has done a remarkable job of identifying winners whose technology, services and ideas represent how truly innovative the New England Ecosystem is. This year has been no exception. Each and every one of our winners and for that matter our nominees, are leaders in their space, driving forward this innovation economy to make our lives and our own companies far superior to any other region in the country, let alone the world. As the SBANE Circle of Excellence welcomes the class of 2017, I can honestly say it is one of our best yet", said SBANE's New England Innovation Awards Committee Chairman, Todd Faber, President, The Faber Group.

And the winners are:

In the For-Profit Category:

Fiber Materials Inc.

NeuroMetrix, Inc.


SoClean, Inc.

In the Non-Profit Category:

Microbiome Health Research Institute Inc.

Our Generation Speaks

As the Rising Stars:



SBANE extends a sincere congratulations to all our 2017 New England Innovation Award Winners! 

About New England Business Association (formerly SBANE):

The New England Business Association, formerly The Smaller Business Association of New England, Inc. (SBANE), founded in 1938, is a private not-for-profit association of approximately 600 member companies located throughout the six-state region.  New England Business was established to provide a legislative voice for small business at the state and federal levels and to make practical information available to help business owners grow their companies.  New England Business runs diverse, educational programs each year and has active chapters in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  The membership is characterized by a high degree of participation, reflected in a large and dynamic committee structure, addressing a range of topics from international trade to human resources.  Visit New England Business Association at