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[The Hartford Courant] Stamford Innovation Center Ready To Help Startup Companies Grow

February 3rd 2012

By Mara Lee

Before the Stamford Innovation Center even opens, it has already lured one entrepreneur from out of state whose fledgling business might soon contribute to Connecticut’s economy.

As the center prepares to open in a few weeks, Gov.Dannel P. Malloyon Thursday joined Stamford’s mayor, a Sikorsky executive, and the innovation center’s staff to celebrate its launch.

The center signed a 10-year lease for Stamford’s grand Old City Hall, which was built in 1905 and used by the city until 1987. It has been vacant since then. The city began renovating the ornate Beaux Arts building in 2007, and Malloy rededicated it in 2009, when he was Stamford’s mayor.

Asmau Ahmed moved to Connecticut to launch her software firm, Color p.i., at the innovation center. The software allows women to upload photos of their faces, and then the product determines which colors of makeup will look best with their skin. The software is able to discern women’s complexions, despite the limitations of photos and colors on computer monitors…Read more.

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