NEW HAVEN, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Applivate, a New Haven-based startup company, recently launched its premiere product, ShugaTrak, a smartphone app for parents of children with diabetes. When a child with diabetes measures blood glucose, ShugaTrak gets the result and sends it to parents in text messages and emails instantly and effortlessly.
“ShugaTrak is perfect for parents of children with diabetes,” John Fitzpatrick, co-founder, CEO of Applivate, said. “These parents struggle daily against a deadly disease, and the stress is greatest when they are away from their children. ShugaTrak gives them peace of mind and lets them know that readings are being taken and they can reach out if blood glucose is too high or too low.”
Fitzpatrick’s inspiration for ShugaTrak was his wife, Sandra, who has type 1 diabetes. He presented his idea at New Haven’s first Startup Weekend in 2011 and collaborated with others to conceive ShugaTrak and win the competition. Since then, the ShugaTrak app and website have been developed and funding from state programs has been secured.
“Innovation is a driving force in our community, and the benefits accrue not only to New Haven, but its surrounding cities and towns, and the state as a whole,” said New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “We are particularly proud that so many startup ventures look to New Haven as the place to turn their concepts into thriving companies.”
“New Haven continues to be aptly described as Connecticut’s ‘City of Innovation,’ with the success of the New Haven Innovation Ecosystem, known as The Grid, and fast-growing entrepreneurial companies,” said Kelly Murphy, City Economic Development Administrator.
The Grid, administered by the Economic Development Corporation of New Haven, is a hub in the State of Connecticut’s “Innovation Ecosystem” program.
Applivate is just one of many startups benefiting from the vast services and resources of CTNEXT—Connecticut’s statewide entrepreneur support network—and Connecticut Innovations, the state’s quasi-public authority that invests in promising technology startups.
“We’ve helped Applivate access state-funded programs such as TechStart, the Small Business Incubator Program (SBIP) grant, and Small Business Express,” said Claire Leonardi, CEO of Connecticut Innovations. “We also helped them connect with local venture capital and angel investors and mentors. Making these connections is a big part of how CI and CTNEXT support startups.”