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TechStart Grant

A Component of the Business Innovation Program

The TechStart Grant is a new funding opportunity offered as part of the Business Innovation Program to individuals and companies across Maine who are looking to develop their new ideas and new products. Entrepreneurs with ideas of innovative technologies are encouraged to apply.

TechStart Grants will be awarded up to twelve times each year, for up to $5,000 per project. Funds must not be readily available from another service provider.  TechStart Grants also may be used to support specific activities such as business plan development, intellectual property filings, market analysis, or planning and preparation activities related to the submission of Federal SBIR/STTR Phase I grants or Federal Broad Agency Announcement for technology development.  TechStart Grant projects must have clearly defined deliverable outcomes and endpoints for the specifically funded scope of work not to exceed six months in duration. Each grant requires a 1:1 match consisting of actual cash, salaries, staff time, or equipment directly attributable to the proposed project.  Funded projects must fall under one of Maine's seven targeted technology sectors

TechStart is a new component of the Business Innovation Program, so we encourage entrepreneurs to consider reading the TechStart Grant program information on the website carefully to help decide if your idea is a fit. If you are a first time entrepreneur or have never applied for a grant or investment before, we suggest that you consider drawing on outside assistance, whether paid or pro bono, and preferably with someone familiar with the MTI TechStart Grant application process. 

TechStart Grant Application Process

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Step 1: Download the TechStart Application Instructions (PDF) (Word - with fill-in forms) 
Step 2
: Register online for a unique Application ID number (Registration)
Step 3
: Download all TechStart Application Forms

       Application Forms
       Form A - Copy of TechStart Registration Form (Step 2)
       Form B - Project Budget (Excel)
       Checklist (Word)

Step 4: Submit a complete application to MTI before deadline date

Applications may be submitted online, mailed or hand-delivered to our Brunswick office. Applications may not be submitted via email. All applications must be received before 5pm on the deadline date.

To submit your application online, log into your account here.

On the right hand side, you will see "Submit Application Online" - once selected you will be redirected to a new page. Select "New Proposal", fill out the Proposal ID, Email, Name, Organization and select "Start Proposal". Add a single PDF document of the proposal and hit submit.

Step 5: Receive notification of grant decision rendered by TechStart Grant Review Committee

The next deadline for TechStart Grant applications is January 6, 2015 by 5:00 PM (EST).  Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.  Notification of awards is expected by January 28, 2015.

Reviewer Forms

TechStart Grant Review Committee (TGRC) Score Sheet (Excel)
TechStart Grant Review Committee Guidance (PDF)

Grant Recipient Forms

TechStart Grant Agreement (PDF)
TechStart Grant Reporting Requirements (Word)
TechStart Grant Expense Report (Excel)


TechStart and Seed Grant Presentation (PDF) - Updated 11/20/2014

TechStart and Seed Grant Recorded Webinar - Updated 8/12/2014

See the MTI calendar of events for upcoming workshops and webinars.

For more information, contact Jessica Watson at 207-588-1015 or email at