CTNext, a public/private partnership helping the high tech startup community in the state, launched an interactive map last week to help connect businesses and organizations in the state’s startup community.

The map delineates businesses as either in the “Startup” phase with less than ten employees, or “Stage 2” companies that are over two years of age and have less than 99 employees. Service providers are also represented on the list, including co-working spaces and other resources that might be of use to struggling startups.

Users can filter the map based on those delineations as well as whether or not they’re approved CTNext member companies. CTNext designation is based on an assessment of the company’s size and growth potential.

So far 229 companies are on the map and organizers are asking for more submissions to help grow it. Membership in CTNext is not requirement for being listed.

Connect with Lon:

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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