Two Maine organizations awarded federal innovation accelerator grants

(From Mainebiz) Waterville's Central Maine Growth Council and Portland-based Maine Center for Enterprise Development have been awarded grants that support creation of rural innovation hubs. The Waterville grant will be used to create a startup accelerator, Dirigo Labs. The award is in addition to local matching funds, including a $300,000 cash grant from MTI. Read more »

LiteracyTech Inc. wins Top Gun LA pitch-off

(From Twin City Times) LiteracyTech Inc. is preparing for the commercial release of ReMo, a web-based application designed for K-12 students and teachers. LiteracyTech Inc. beat three other companies competing for the Top Gun LA title, and will now advance to the state finals. The winner of that showcase will receive a $25,000 award, furnished by MTI.
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Lyman Morse, American Unagi receive grants from Maine Technology Institute

(From Penobscot Bay Pilot) Lyman Morse, in Thomaston, and American Unagi, in Waldoboro, are among 10 businesses receiving grants from MTI. Lyman Morse plans to use the $140,000 award to modernize its workshop, attract new business, and add to its workforce. American Unagi was awarded $175,000 to add processing equipment, increase product options, expand market reach, and add more employment opportunities. Read more »

New UV light sanitation device designed in Saco

(From News Center Maine) Sales for UV light sanitizing devices have skyrocketed. With a big boost from MTI, there's a new device in the works, backed by research, from the Saco Industrial Innovation Center that could be used to clean objects in schools, workspaces, and so much more.
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Founder Forum: Chip Terry of Oyster Tracker

(From Maine Startups Insider) Sponsored by MTI, Founder Forum is a series which highlights local startup founders. This article focuses on Oyster Tracker, a software platform Chip Terry created to help oyster farmers manage their farms more efficiently. Read more »

New pitch competition aims to help Maine’s marine and coastal businesses

(From Mainebiz) Funded in part by MTI, Maine Sea Grant launched Buoy Maine, a new virtual pitch competition to fund innovative projects and ideas to help coastal businesses better address the challenges of operating during the pandemic. Businesses and nonprofits are invited to submit proposals for up to $15,000 to implement new ideas or support existing projects. Read more »

Mills launches $200 million grant program for small businesses hurt by COVID-19

(From Mainebiz) The Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program will use federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds to provide financial relief for businesses and nonprofit organizations that incurred business disruptions as a result of COVID-19. Businesses and nonprofit organizations can apply for a grant through September 9, with awards made in early October. The Department of Economic and Community Development helped launch this important program. Read more »

UMaine assistive technology spinout UNAR Labs receives NIH award

(From Mainebiz) UNAR Labs makes visual graphic information more accessible to blind and visually impaired users on digital devices. The company plans to prototype an information access system that will help educational institutions develop accessible learning materials more efficiently. In 2019 MTI provided a $100,000 commercialization support grant to help fund the work. Read more »