Success Stories

Mainers have always been inventive, clever, resourceful, and creative. We have a name for it: Yankee ingenuity. Without question, Maine workers and entrepreneurs enjoy a well-earned reputation for originality, and possess an unrivaled and legendary work-ethic.

Since 1999, MTI has worked with these Maine pioneers and innovators to help grow world-renowned research organizations like Jackson Laboratory, Bigelow Laboratory, and Mount Desert Island Biological Labs and have funded diverse projects leading to innovations in gene sequencing and ocean microbial systems, guitar and surf board manufacturing, vodka from Maine potatoes, algae cultivation and eel aquaculture, to name a few.

Our programs help innovators accelerate progress to the market, leverage additional private and public investment, and ultimately, expand their economic impact in Maine.

Please check out these examples of MTI success stories

Acadian Composite Materials

Acadian Composite Materials

Revolutionary building material system

Maine Center for Entrepreneurs

Maine Center for Entrepreneurs

Empowering Maine entrepreneurs

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Innovative global animal health company



A better book club experience

Maine Space Grant

Maine Space Grant Consortium

Helping Maine join the new space economy

Nyle Systems

Nyle Systems, LLC

Heat pump-driven, energy-saving products


Innovative support for breastfeeding mothers

Bourgeois Guitars, LLC

High-end acoustic guitars



Durable police bikes

Peaks Renewables Cow

Peaks Renewables

Renewable Natural Gas Facility


Singing Pastures

Pasture-raised pork and meat sticks

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Hüga Heat

Rechargeable heated cushions



Made-in-Maine blast-proof military walls

All-in-one cybersecurity platform


All-in-one cybersecurity platform


True Fin (Gulf of Maine Sashimi)

Fully-traceable, top-quality seafood

Standard Biocarbo

Standard Biocarbon

Converting forestry waste into Biochar

Lyman Morse Boat builder

Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding

Innovating boatbuilding craftsmanship

Springtide seaweed

Springtide Seaweed

Diversified seaweed products

American Unagi

American Unagi

Maine’s first land-based eel aquaculture facility


Springworks Farm

Aquaponic lettuce farming



Industrial DataOps Software

Marin Skincare

Skincare products

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bluShift Aerospace

Biofuel rockets

Jennifer Scism

Good To-Go

Gourmet meals for the great outdoors

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Fresh Chemistry

Skincare made with fresh ingredients



Data management for educators

Running Tide

Running Tide

Carbon sequestration


Improving rapid testing for rare diseases

Maine Grain Alliance

Maine Grain Alliance

Building small, local grain economies



Pioneering the treatment for brain injuries

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Innovating to help during COVID


RockStep Solutions

Helping get pharmaceutical drugs to market faster

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Improving our information infrastructure


Mousam Valley Mushrooms

Technology to help small farms compete



Reducing the risk of athletic injury

Kennebec River Bio Science

Kennebec River Biosciences

One of MTI's first clients continues to innovate

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Startup Maine

Bringing Maine's entrepreneurial community together

Ready Seafood

Ready Seafood

Utilizing Maine lobster in new, innovative ways

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Helping people access educational opportunities

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Pika Energy

Developing clean energy solutions

Beth Weisberger Owner Gneiss Spice

Gneiss Spice

Creating quality jobs in rural Maine

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Front Street Shipyard

Innovation for Maine's shipbuilding industry

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Hyperlite Mountain Gear

Leading Maine's textile revival

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STARC Systems

Proving manufacturing can thrive in Maine

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Montalvo Corporation

Leveraging federal funding to fast track R&D

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VitaminSea Seaweed

Commercializing healthy seaweed-based products

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Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Discovering new uses for marine microorganisms