Top Gun accelerator program unveils 2021 class as format stays virtual

(From Mainebiz) Thirty-two businesses across Maine have been selected for the 2021 Top Gun business accelerator program. This year's group represents a wide range of enterprises. Participants will have a chance to compete for a $25,000 cash prize, funded by MTI, which will be awarded at a final statewide showcase pitch-off in May. Read more »

Brunswick company tests biofuel rocket engine

(From Times Record) Brunswick-based company, bluShift Aerospace has tested a prototype engine that runs off a new bio-derived fuel which may someday help propel small satellites into orbit. The company hopes to schedule a test launch of its Stardust 1.0 prototype from the Loring Commerce Centre in Limestone within about two weeks. Read more »

Briana Warner, Atlantic Sea Farms, Wins 2021 Leadership Award for Business Leadership

(From Specialty Food Association) CEO, Briana Warner rebranded Ocean Approved, Inc. as Atlantic Sea Farms and was the first commercially viable business to introduce domestic, fresh seaweed products to the marketplace. The Saco-based company fosters an underwater, regenerative crop that reduces the acidity of local waters and absorbs significant amounts of carbon. Ocean Approved, Inc. received SBIR support from the MTI TAP team. Read more »

Josh Kim Named CMGC 2020 Emerging Leader of the Year

(From Central Maine Growth Council) The 2020 Emerging Leader of the Year award was presented to Josh Kim, Founder and CEO of The Cubby (Sklaza LLC). Josh is the first college student entrepreneur to receive this award. The Waterville-based startup received a software development grant from MTI to help support expansion across college campuses. Read more »