MassVentures Announces 2014 “START” Stage I & II Program Winners

June 26, 2014 / Ed Jameson / Blog Posts
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As part of our on-going involvement within the SBIR Program, two of our team members, Brian LaCroix and Tom Pistone, participated as volunteer proposal reviewers for the 2014 MassVentures SBIR START Program.  The results of the proposals are now in, and congratulations to the 10 Stage 1 companies that won $100,000 grants from MassVentures, as well as the 4 Stage II Program winnners taking home $200,000 each!  The Stage II winners will have the opportnity to compete for one of two Stage III awards of up to $500,000 each, based on their progress in bringing a product or service to the market.

Very exciting news for the Massachusetts Innovation Eco-system!

MassVentures Announces 2014 “START” Stage I & II Program Winners

MassVentures, announced today the 2014 START Stage I & II program winners. START, now in its third year, is a $6 million initiative funded by the Patrick Administration and administered by MassVentures to help growing companies commercialize technologies developed under SBIR and STTR contracts. The program is intended to help high-growth companies grow employment opportunities, promote manufacturing and commercialization, and stimulate innovation across the Commonwealth.

Each of the Stage I winners receieve $100,000.  Each of the Stage II winners won $200,000 each, and in 12 months, they will compete for 1 of 2 $500,000 Stage III awards.

The Stage I winners are:


PillStream provides high accuracy, high throughput production of Custom Multi-medication Packages (CMPs) that will enable pharmacies to provide their customers with patient-specific daily delivery of medications. Boston, MA


Cambridge Electronics, Inc.Cambridge Electronics is a power electronics start-up company with the mission of revolutionizing semiconductor devices based on GaN. Cambridge, MA
Eos PhotonicsEos Photonics enables critical applications in chemical detection that leverage a new generation of infrared laser technology – the “Quantum Cascade Laser”. Cambridge, MA
FloDesign SonicsFloDesign Sonics is developing acoustic separation technologies with applications in oil/water emulsion splitting, bio-pharmaceutical cell clarification, and biomedical application such as blood salvaging. Wilbraham, MA
GVDGVD Corporation is focused on the design and manufacture of vapor deposited ultra-thin polymer coatings for functional surfaces and environmental protection. Cambridge, MA
NetBioNetBio is developing and commercializing fully automated, easy to use, field-portable Rapid DNA Analysis products that are transforming human forensic identification. Walpole, MA
Persimmon Technologies Corporation 

Persimmon Technologies is a leading provider of vacuum-environment robotics and hybrid-field motor technology for the semiconductor, LED, solar and flat panel display equipment markets. Wakefield, MA

Triton SysemsTriton Systems is a full service business venturing company that transforms early stage innovations into commercial products and enterprises. Chelmsford, MA
Visible GoodVisible Good designs and manufactures innovative shelters that can be deployed in 30 minutes or less with no tools. Newburyport, MA
XtalicXtalic creates performance breakthroughs using proprietary Dynamic Nanostructure Control® to custom tailor unique nanostructured metal alloys to deliver new levels of performance, reduce use of high cost raw materials and replace toxic or unsafe materials. Marlborough, MA


The Stage II Winners are:

Boston EngineeringA biomimetic, autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) that employs the mechanics and dynamics of biological fish to address critical capability gaps in military and security applications. Waltham, MA


Fluidity SoftwareState of the art education and scientific visualization systems aimed at revolutionizing the way people learn. Somerville, MA
MetamagneticsCost-effective, self-biased ferrite circulators which reduce electromagnetic interference in dense communication environments. Canton, MA
mZeal CommunicationsDeveloping cyber-security tools for network infrastructure and industrial enterprises. mZeal PEARL Analytics product enables proactive cyber defense and real time anomaly detection with universal applications. Littleton, MA

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