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New England Business Association Announces the Winners of the 2018 Innovation Awards

Monday, May 14, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Susan Barber


New England Business Association Announces the Winners of the 2018 Innovation Awards


Judges chose eight winners from an impressive pool of 213 nominees


WALTHAM, MA, May 14, 2018 - The New England Business Association (formerly SBANE, the Smaller Business Association of New England) has announced the eight winners of the prestigious 2018 New England Innovation Awards. The winners, narrowed from a list of 20 finalists, were announced at the May 10th 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, 213 companies from 5 of the 6 states 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 association President, Karim Hill.


The nominees competed in two phases of judging. Phase 1 of the competition was held on March 22, 2018 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 64 judges on April 12, 2018 at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, MA as part of Phase 2 of the competition. After the presentations, the judges chose three winners in the "Profit" category and two in the "Non-Profit" category. Three companies were honored as "Rising Stars", who are in the early stage of development and have clearly demonstrated the validity of their business.

"For 33 years, SBANE, now New England Business Association, 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 Circle of Excellence welcomes the class of 2018, I can honestly say it is one of our best yet", said New England Innovation Awards Committee Chairman, Todd Faber, President, The Faber Group.


And the winners are:


In the For-Profit Category:

Etiometry Inc.


Heuresis Corporation

In the Non-Profit Category:

XenoTherapeutics Inc.

Y2Y Harvard Square


As the Rising Stars:

Beckon Ice Cream

LiquiGlide Inc.

Protein Matrix


New England Business Association extends sincere congratulations to all our 2018 New England Innovation Award Winners! 


About New England Business Association:

The New England Business Association, founded in 1938 as Smaller Business Association of New England, Inc. (SBANE), is a private not-for-profit association of approximately 600 member-companies located throughout the six-state region. 


The association 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.  Since that time, New England Business Association member companies are no longer just small businesses. 


The association runs an extensive list of programs each year and has active chapters in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Our offerings include event series in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire; monthly Service Providers Groups; Senior Executive Circle (peer-to-peer advisory groups); access to capital for small and medium-sized businesses; Manufacturing Matching Grants; New England’s premier Innovation Awards program; exclusive golf tournament; B2B networking via SocialLink Member Portal; and much more! Visit us at