On September 13, 2016, Medframe, LLC, a UConn entrepreneur founded by Senior Elizabeth Pouya, was awarded a $10,000 Entrepreneur Innovation Award by CTNext for their product Protectiscope. CTNext is Connecticut’s go-to resource for entrepreneurial support. The Entrepreneur Innovation Awards (EIA), a competitive pitch event, are designed to help Connecticut’s promising early-stage companies develop their ideas and get products to market faster. It is a Shark-tank style event. They have awarded $446,000 to 44 companies across Connecticut since launching the program in 2013.