Dates & Deadlines
- 12/17/13 - Seed Grant Deadline Applications Due by 5 p.m. MTI Seed Grants of…
- 1/7/14 - TechStart Grant Deadline All applications due by 5pm TechStart Grants…
- 1/15/14 - TechStart and Seed Grant Webinar 11/13/13 - MTI TechStart and Seed Grant…
- 2/4/14 - TechStart Grant Application Deadline All applications due by 5pm TechStart Grants…
- 3/4/14 - Development Loan Deadline All applications due by 5pm. Development…
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Shane joined MTI in March of 2004 and is primarily responsible for managing the TechStart Grant, Seed Grant, and SBIR/STTR funding components of Business Ventures. He also manages MTI's IT needs and database platform.
Shane has over 10 years of experience with accounting management and program assistance. He is also a dedicated board member and coach for various youth sports program in the Augusta area, where he lives with his wife and children.
Martha Bentley has worked with the Maine Technology Institute in a variety of capacities since 2002, currently as the Cluster Initiative Program and the Maine Technology Asset Fund Program management contractor, as well as point person for MTI’s collaboration with Cleantech Open Northeast.
In addition to her work with MTI, Martha coordinates the professional development program for the Independent Schools Association of Northern New England, and manages the Big White Barn, LLC.
Martha has a bachelor of arts in history from Davidson College and a master of arts in applied history from the University of South Carolina. She has held a variety of positions relating to non-profit management and philanthropy, including grants manager for the Public Welfare Foundation in Washington, DC, and director of programs at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She lives in a big white barn in Readfield, Maine with her two daughters and a variety of pets.
Roger joined MTI in February 2008 and now serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence, coaching and connecting MTI client companies. Prior to joining MTI, Roger spent more than 25 years with a variety of technology companies, including serving as CEO of Intelligent Controls, Saco, Maine, and President of Dynisco, Inc., Sharon, Mass. He currently serves on several private company boards and previously served as lead director of a NASDAQ listed public company. His experience also includes private equity and he is a member of the Maine Angels network.
Roger holds an undergraduate degree in economics and government from the University of Connecticut and a masters degree in business administration from the New York University Stern School of Business. He lives in Cumberland with his wife, Elizabeth, and an assortment of farm animals and house pets. They have four grown children and seven grandchildren.
Jen joined MTI in 2013 and is responsible for sourcing investment opportunities, advising candidates during the application process, and monitoring portfolio companies.
Jen has over 20 years of experience in finance, strategic planning and market research, primarily focused on entrepreneurial businesses. After several years on Wall Street as a sales trader and investment banker with JPMorgan Chase, Jen spent almost a decade with Johnson & Johnson, working with a start-up biotechnology business in financial and market research roles. After moving to Maine in 2006, Jen joined Angela Adams Holdings in Portland as their COO.
Jen has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Bucknell University and an MBA from Yale University. Jen is on the organizing team for Startup Weekend Portland and serves on the finance committees for several nonprofits. Jen lives in Falmouth with her husband, three children and badly behaved dog.
Jim joined MTI in April 2010 and is responsible for managing financial and accounting functions, HR functions and benefit plans, and general administration functions. Jim comes to MTI having served in the roles of Controller through Chief Financial Officer for companies in the biotechnology, real estate development, high-tech manufacturing and distribution industries. He is formerly a CPA as well.
Jim holds a bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College and a master's degree for Northeastern University. He actively supports civic and educational organizations. He was brought up in Augusta and resides in Portland with his wife and family.
Catherine Marin has more than twenty five years combined experience in university research, manufacturing engineering, and business finance. Prior to relocating to Camden, Maine in 2007, Catherine was Manager, Corporate Business Development at Ford Motor Company in Michigan. After moving to the state, Catherine held a variety of positions in area non-profits before joining MTI as a Portfolio Manager in the spring of 2012. Catherine’s responsibilities at MTI include sourcing investment opportunities, administering the evaluation process, and advising and monitoring portfolio companies.
Catherine earned an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University and a graduate degree in industrial engineering and management science from Northwestern University. In 1999 Catherine received her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with a focus on economics, strategy, and entrepreneurship.
Catherine enjoys living in midcoast Maine with her husband Steve and two sons.
Joe joined MTI in 2000 and oversees MTI’s Business Ventures, which includes the Seed Grant, Development Loan, Equity Capital investments and the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR/STTR) support program. His primary responsibilities include leading the Business Ventures team to undertake outreach and initial due diligence, manage the application review process, and provide ongoing oversight of grants and investments to Maine companies to ensure technical and business development goals are met.
He has been involved with small business throughout his life, including ownership in specialty foods and retail service. He has formal and practical training in immunology, bioassays, product development and business leadership. During 10 years at IDEXX Laboratories in Westbrook, Maine, he worked as an assay development project leader in R&D, a supervisor of global technical support and managed a multi-million dollar line of tests and equipment. He has had primary responsibility for product-line strategy, product launch, customer satisfaction and achievement of revenue goals.
Joe initially studied engineering at the University of Maine and graduated with an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Southern Maine. He holds an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH and serves on various business boards and committees.
Patti joined MTI as the administration assistant for the Maine Technology Asset Fund and other bond funds in February 2008. She had worked in similar capacities for the Maine Nutrition Network, Muskie School of Public Service (USM) and the University of Maine at Augusta.
Patti earned an associate of arts degree in liberal studies from the University of Maine at Augusta and is currently enrolled in its baccalaureate program for liberal studies. She resides in West Gardiner with her family and their wonder dog, Rudy.
Jessica joined MTI as Program Assistant in August 2012. Prior to joining MTI, Jessica worked for TD Bank. As Portfolio Associate she provides support during the application and review processes for the TechStart Grant, Seed Grant, Development Loan, Business Accelerator Grant and Equity Capital components of Business Ventures.
Jessica graduated from University of Southern Maine in 2007 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration and in 2012 with a graduate degree in global studies from Northeastern University. Jessica is originally from Harpswell, Maine and is thrilled to have the opportunity to live and work in Midcoast Maine.
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