South Portland startup uses tech to connect tourists, guides, off the beaten path

(From Mainebiz) Maine startup, NaviTour recently launched an online platform connecting independent tour guides and visitors to the state. The South Portland company is focused on broadening visitor experiences outward from congested tourist areas to rural communities, as well as increasing diversity among the people taking and leading tours. MTI grant support aided NaviTour with its pre-seed funding round. Read more »

Using lobster to ease the itch from browntail moth

(From News Center Maine) Marin Skincare has developed a cream from lobster waste that helps repair the skin barrier affected by psoriasis, shingles, sunburns, and even the rash caused by the browntail moth caterpillar. MTI provided the startup with initial funding and support. Read more »

$15M in state grants awarded to bolster Maine seafood dealers, processors

(From Mainebiz) Seafood dealers and processors received over $15 million in new grants from the state to help increase the supply of Maine-harvested seafood, strengthen the companies’ ability to deliver to markets, and adds jobs throughout the seafood industry. Businesses in every coastal county received awards. MTI administered the program on behalf of the Maine Department of Marine Resources. Read more »

Maine rocket company finds new host town for launch operations

(From Maine Public) Maine rocket company, bluShift Aerospace announced the Down East community of Steuben will host some of its operations, including offshore launches. The company plans to do some rocket manufacturing, as well as set up a "mission control" in town. MTI has provided bluShift Aerospace with ongoing support. Read more »