The Connecticut Technology Council is looking to recognize 40 of the fastest growing Connecticut technology companies for the Marcum Tech Top 40.  Applications are available now on the Council’s website and are due by May 31. 

To be eligible, companies need to have their headquarters located in Connecticut and must be in business for more than four years with fourth year revenues exceeding $3 million.  Six categories of businesses will be recognized, including advanced manufacturing, energy and environmental technologies, life sciences, new media and internet telecom, IT services, and software.  Additionally the company must have its own proprietary technology, intellectual property, or invests a considerable amount of its revenue in research and development.  System integrators are eligible through the program’s IT services category.  There will be an overall winner in each category. 

The program culminates with a gala event at the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford on September 27th.  Leading the top 40 last year was Cheshire-based Alexion Pharmaceuticals, a company that experienced growth of over 24,000% and developed a drug that treats a rare and life threatening blood disorder. 

Lon Seidman is the host and producer of “Lon.TV,” a consumer technology video show that is on a number of platforms including YouTube and Amazon. He creates in-depth, consumer-friendly product reviews and commentary. His YouTube channel has over 300,000 subscribers and more than 100 million views.

In addition to being a full-time content creator, Lon is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford (his alma mater) where he teaches a course in entrepreneurial content creation.

Prior to becoming a full-time creator, Lon was a partner at The Safety Zone, his family’s business that manufactures gloves and safety equipment. The company has locations around the globe and employs over 200 people worldwide. The Safety Zone was acquired by the Genuine Parts Corporation in 2016.

Lon is also active in public service, serving as the Chairman of the Essex Board of Education, a member of the Region 4 Board of Education, and as the Secretary / Treasurer of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. He was endorsed by both Democrats and Republicans for his re-election in 2021.

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