TechStart Grant

Award: Up to $5,000

Timing: TBD

Intent: To support entrepreneurs/companies who are likely to pursue follow on funding for Research and Development to conduct early-stage market analysis, business plan development and intellectual property protection activities.

The TechStart Grant is 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 may be used to support specific activities such as business plan development, intellectual property filings, market analysis, or technology transfer activities out of research institutions.  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 Grant Application Process

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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)


MTI Program Overview with TechStart Grant Details – 10/17  PowerPoint    PDF

TechStart and Seed Grant Recorded Webinar (mp4) – Updated 11/18/2015

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