Award: Up to $5,000
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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Please email questions about the application to Kim Doughty, MTI Lending & Grants Associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 1: Download the TechStart Application Instructions (PDF)
Step 3: Email MTI staff a draft of your proposal at email@example.com. MTI strongly encourages all applicants to submit by email a draft application at least two weeks prior to the targeted application deadline. As time permits, MTI staff offers feedback on draft submissions to assist applicants in developing the strongest proposal possible prior to the targeted application deadline.
Step 4: Submit your final application as one, complete PDF attachment uploaded through MTI’s Online Application Portal – to access the Online Portal, please email Kim Doughty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 5: Receive notification of your application’s review and funding determination – MTI will contact you regarding this decision as outlined in the Application Instructions.
The next deadline for TechStart Grant applications is April 4, 2017 by 5:00 PM (EST). Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.
All applicants will be notified of their proposal’s funding decision no later than the final day of the month in which the application was submitted.
Grant Recipient Forms
TechStart and Seed Grant Presentation (PDF) – Updated 11/18/2015
TechStart and Seed Grant Recorded Webinar (mp4) – Updated 11/18/2015
See the MTI calendar of events for upcoming workshops and webinars.
For more information, contact Kim Doughty at (207) 203-2072 or email email@example.com.