Flatley Challenge back for 5th year

Emerging tech startups will again have the opportunity to compete in the annual Flatley Challenge.

The contest, now in its fifth year, is intended to stimulate the development and growth of early-stage companies by providing them both free incubation space and the opportunity to interact with companies currently occupying Flatley properties in Nashua.

The competition is designed to "help promote and grow employment in New Hampshire," according to the originator of the competition John Flatley.

Contest winners will receive free rent for one year in up to 5,000 square feet of office or lab space in the Nashua Technology Park, the Nashua Office Park or at Gateway Hills. Additionally, winners will receive up to $10,000 in connectivity and outfitting costs.

"I saw a need for startups in New Hampshire to be given a chance to succeed. One way to do this, from my perspective, was to provide promising companies free incubation space and a small monetary incentive," Flatley wrote.

Categories for this year’s competition include robotics, digital health, web/IT, data storage, app design, cleantech and medical devices.

Application deadline is October 28. There is no application fee. Requirements and the application can be found online at http://www.gateway-hills.com/flatley-challenge/.

Previous winners of the competition include Plexxi Inc., VGo Communications, Pilera Software, SMTP, Infinio, XCube and SimQuest Systems.

People with questions about the Flatley Challenge can call Kathleen McLaughlin, Marketing Manager for the John Flatley Company at (603) 598-7500 or kathleen.mclaughlin@johnflatleyco.com.

Don Himsel can be reached at 594-6590, dhimsel@nashuatelegraph.com, or @Telegraph_DonH.