Congratulations to our Winners

1st prize - $10,000 - LamdaVision

2nd prize - $5,000 - Path Spot

3rd prize - Branding Support from MakeBrands - Wellinks



The Refinery hosted the Fueling the Growth Pitch Competition at Quinnipiac University, in support of Connecticut Innovation Week.

The Refinery teamed with angel and venture capital investors to get as many female founders, as possible, in one-on-one meetings with investors. Founders pitched for 7 minutes, and received 7 minutes of feedback.  Investors selected the top companies to pitch-off for cash and other prizes at the evening awards/networking event.  Highlights from last year's event can be found here.

In Hamden, investors from Angel Investor Forum, Fairview Capital, and Goldenseeds.

The one-on-one meetings were held at Quinnipiac University's North Haven Campus.  All applicants were pre-screened by The Refinery team.


  • 1st place - $10,000
  • 2nd place - $5,000
  • 3rd place - Brand positioning, messaging and tactical marketing session with MakeBrands


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