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  • Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:25 PM | Anonymous

    GRAND PRIZE - $50,000 Grant

    The 2017 Grand Prize winner will receive a grant from Gorham Savings Bank to buy equipment, expand or acquire space, hire employees, fund product development or meet any other business need.

    The entry period for the 2017 competition ends on Saturday, April 15 at 5:00 pm. Legally registered, Maine-based businesses and/or legal residents of Maine age 18 or older can apply. Past LaunchPad applicants and finalists are also welcome to reapply. No formal business proposals or supporting documents are required. All finalists will deliver a live presentation on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at USM’s Hannaford Hall. The Grand Prize winners will be announced at the conclusion of the live event.

  • Monday, March 20, 2017 5:09 PM | Melissa Winne (Administrator)

    CALL FOR ENTRIES- NEW PRODUCT SHOWCASE!

    Maine's innovative and entrepreneurial capacities are legendary. On Trade Day 2017, let's show the world! 

    Maine International Trade Center's Invest in Maine initiative, and the Maine Technology Institute are hosting a New Product Global Showcase at Trade Day 2017. Maine International Trade Day is an annual event with over 300 attendees including Maine business professionals, investors, government officials, R&D groups, representatives from foreign trade and consular offices, and media. 

    The New Product Global Showcase is open to all Maine companies and industries. To be eligible, the product or service: 

    • was launched within the past two years (May 2015- May 2017)
    • must have commercial viability and currently be in the market
    • will be evaluated on international market appeal as well as innovation
    Deadline to enter is March 31! 
    CLICK HERE to learn more. 
  • Thursday, March 09, 2017 5:22 PM | Melissa Winne (Administrator)

    Connecting Maine's best and brightest college students to the State's growing companies. 

    Innovate for Maine Fellows can help accelerate company projects with their unique training and mentoring in innovation. Benefits of being an Innovate for Maine company includes the following: 

    • Future Workforce: You'll have opportunities to meet all of the selected fellows. Our fellows develop a stronger interest in staying in Maine after they graduate because they have been exposed to Maine's entrepreneurial landscape. This increases your chances of finding and retaining the future workforce you need.
    • Innovation Mentors: You and your fellow are matched with an innovation expert mentor to supervise and ensure that you both have a positive, productive experience. 
    • Work Location Flexibility: Students can work on-site with you or off-site at our facilities. 
    • Varying Project Durations: You can opt for full-time (400 hour), part-time (200 hour), or even short-term intern (less than 100 hour) projects.
    • Fellows are UMaine employees: You don't need to go through a lengthy hiring process. We handle all the recruiting, hiring, and training.
    CLICK HERE for more information,
    and to apply to become an Innovate for Maine Company!
  • Thursday, March 09, 2017 4:48 PM | Melissa Winne (Administrator)


    National Science Foundation SBIR/STTR Workshop

    When: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    Where: Maine Technology Institute, 8 Venture Avenue, Brunswick Landing, Brunswick, Maine

    Increase your chances of winning an SBIR/STTR award by attending this event!

    Learn how to FUND your innovative business idea and CONNECT with key resources!

    Join MTI for a half day of discussions on the National Science Foundation's Small Business Technology Transfer program. This program represents the largest source of early-stage research and development funding for innovative technology in the US, providing more than $2.5 billion each year to small businesses across the US to help entrepreneurs take their ideas from laboratory to market. 

    Come learn the specifics about the NSF program and how you can create a competitive proposal and how MTI can help you do that!

    Who should attend? 

    Small business owners, entrepreneurs, researchers, scientists and inventors, service providers, consultants, corporate partners and non-profit research institutions looking for new and innovative technology.

    Lunch will be provided. The Workshop is free, but registration is required. 

    REGISTER NOW

    Any Questions? 
    Please contact Karen West at cpmgmt@fairpoint.net or (207) 845-2934.

  • Tuesday, March 07, 2017 11:20 AM | Melissa Winne (Administrator)

    The Maine State Science Fair (MSSF) is an exciting opportunity for Maine high school students to pursue their interest in science and present results of their projects to fellow students. 

    Judges for the science fair come from across Maine and include scientists, engineers, mathematicians, teachers, and other STEM professionals. So if you have expertise in aquaponics, computer science, environmental science, or energy, please join the Maine State Science Fair as a judge. 

    The 2017 Maine State Science Fair will take place Saturday, March 25 at Colby College, in Waterville, Maine. MSSF is open to all students from all public, private, parochial, and home schools (grades 9-12) throughout Maine and is organized by The Jackson Laboratory and the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance. 

    CLICK HERE for more information and to register as a judge. MSSF Judges must have advanced training or practical experience in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computer science, or an associate field. Judges must engage in constructive analysis and discussion of a research or engineering project with a high school student and determine the relative strengths and weaknesses of a given project according to a standard rubric. Judges must be highly collaborative and able to work in small groups. In addition to evaluating projects, judges also serve as informal mentors, providing useful feedback, advice, and encouragement to all students. 

    If you have any questions, please email sciencefair@jax.org.

  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017 1:40 PM | Anonymous

    Burlington, VT: The Burlington Electric Department and the Vermont Technology Council today announced the formation of an exploratory team to assess the potential for a Vermont energy startup accelerator – PowerUp Vermont – to help businesses focused on innovating in the power industry and driving the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. The 12-week program would be designed to provide growing energy businesses with a competitive advantage through a mentorship program and seminars that would address a variety of topics, including venture capital, fundraising, sales training, marketing, branding, business development, client acquisition, and power industry-specific advice. Energy entrepreneurs are invited to complete a survey found by visiting www.PowerUpVT.com that will gauge interest in and expectations from this type of program.

     

    The idea to create PowerUp Vermont emerged from innovators and investors familiar with Vermont’s startup scene, including Cairn Cross, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Fresh Tracks Capital, who stated: “The Vermont entrepreneurial ecosystem has grown dramatically in the past couple decades and, as a result, we need a more abundant and diverse offering of support networks for growing companies. An accelerator program like PowerUp Vermont would provide companies with industry-specific connections, insights, and business skills to position them for success.”

     

    “At Burlington Electric, we are committed to leading through energy innovation, as we did when Burlington became the first city in the nation to source 100 percent of its power through renewable generation,” said Neale Lunderville, General Manager of Burlington Electric Department. “PowerUp Vermont would provide Burlington Electric with a great opportunity to engage with and support local energy companies trying to move the City of Burlington, the State of Vermont, and our country away from fossil fuels and would line up very well with our 10-year strategic vision to transition Burlington to a net zero energy city. As the ecosystem of entrepreneurs in the power industry continues to grow, both large and small companies stand to benefit.”

     

    Paul Hines, Co-Founder of Packetized Energy, a growing Vermont-based business in the power industry, expressed enthusiasm for a program like PowerUp Vermont, stating: "An accelerator program focused on energy would further Vermont's position as a hub for energy innovation and could really help to advance Packetized Energy's business.”

     

    “We’re excited to help entrepreneurs overcome growth challenges and create more job opportunities for Vermonters,” said John Evans, President of the Vermont Technology Council.

     

    Not only would more successful businesses in the power industry create jobs and help slow down climate change, but also they would help existing businesses in the power industry. According to James Moore, Co-President of SunCommon, “Startups in the power industry have the potential to help us deepen our client relationships and meet the increasingly complex needs of customers.”

     

    The success of this type of venture hinges on engagement from the entrepreneurial community, and the survey at www.PowerUpVT.com will provide insight into the real potential for this program.

     

    Please contact Bonnie Reese at PowerUpVT@gmail.com with questions.


  • Friday, October 14, 2016 2:06 PM | Melissa Winne (Administrator)

    The Energy Department's Small Business Vouchers (SBV) program is once again accepting Requests for Assistance (RFA) from U.S. small businesses interested in working with a national laboratory to address a range of commercialization challenges. $12 million in vouchers, which range from $50,000 to $300,000 in value, are available for rounds three and four of the program.

    The SBV program launched its first funding round in fall 2015 and released its second last spring. Since then, nearly 800 applications have been reviewed and 76 small businesses from 25 states have been awarded a total of $14.7 million in vouchers. 

    SBV gives our nation's cleantech small businesses the opportunity to take their innovative products to the next level. By supporting their growth, the U.S. helps these companies make a more meaningful impact on the economy and clean-energy sector. 

    Businesses interested in SBV assistance must be U.S.-based and U.S.-owned with no more than 500 full-time employees. Companies have until November 10 to submit RFAs. 

    To learn more about the program and find out when educational webinars are for businesses interested in applying, please visit www.SBV.org

  • Wednesday, August 17, 2016 1:45 PM | Melissa Winne (Administrator)

    Texas Instruments Announces its 2016 “Power of STEM Education” Grants to Maine Nonprofits

    Funding is focused on improving STEM learning and teaching

    August 10, 2016 (Dallas, TX) – Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN)announced today three new grants, totaling $75,000, to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in Maine in 2016. 

    New annual TI “Power of STEM Education” (POSE) grants have been given to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute; LearningWorks; Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA).   In addition, TI will continue a $150,000 three-year grant, announced in 2015, for a partnership between the South Portland School District and Portland School District, to support a STEM Academy. 

    TI and its foundations have given a total of about $634,500 since 2012 in POSE grants to a variety of Maine nonprofit partners. Giving is focused in communities across the U.S. where the company has a major design or manufacturing presence.  Special emphasis is given to programs that reach female and minority students who are underrepresented in science and engineering careers today.

    “Having a STEM-capable workforce is critical to sustaining the solid base of talented employees that this region needs.  At TI’s South Portland semiconductor facility, the engineers who develop manufacturing processes technicians who maintain complex equipment and manufacturing associates who make the electronic chips all share foundational science, technology, engineering and math skills,” said Chris Joyce, site manager for TI Maine operations. “STEM careers are growing faster than other occupational choices, and TI’s grants help support programs that will open many options for Maine students.”  

    “Our focus is on collaborative strategies to improve teaching effectiveness and student success in STEM education, said Andy Smith, executive director of the TI Foundation and director of corporate philanthropy.  “We seek out effective partners for strategic investments and develop long-term relationships with these educators and their organizations to support proven, successful programs that can be scaled and replicated. Working together, we believe all students can move forward and experience greater success in STEM.”

    TI’s commitment to education, which dates back to the company’s inception, remains its highest priority for employee volunteerism as well as for corporate and foundation giving. 

    “Education is a top passion for TI employees,” Smith said.  “We invest where we can also involve TI volunteers to make an even greater impact. Last year TI employees worldwide volunteered more than 130,000 hours, many of these for education.”

    “We are so happy to be able to continue our work in the afterschool classroom with TI’s support. Students who have participated in LearningWorks Afterschool in the past have shown significant gains in their academics, but more importantly, they have shown significant gains in their confidence as a learner,” said Amy Pichette, LearningWorks, Director of Afterschool Programming/21st Century Community Learning Center Grant.  “TI will provide a ‘resident scientist’ in each of our classrooms to give our students and teachers more science rigor in the classroom. The university student ‘resident scientist’ will teach science lessons related to our engineering units of study. This work is important to allow students to see multiple perspectives in thinking about and solving problems as well as making connections a with a young person studying in the STEM  field and building aspirations to explore secondary education and career opportunities.”

    For more information about TI’s support of education please see ti.com/education or read about TI’s 2015 giving to education in the Corporate Citizenship Report here.

     

    About Texas Instruments

    Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog ICs and embedded processors.  By employing the world’s brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology.  TI is helping more than 100,000 customers transform the future, today.  Learn more at www.ti.com.


    About the Texas Instruments Foundation

    The Texas Instruments Foundation, founded in 1964, is a non-profit organization solely funded by Texas Instruments providing philanthropic support for educational and charitable purposes primarily in the communities where TI operates. Committed to supporting educational excellence, the foundation works to create measurable, replicable programs and initiatives. The focus is on providing knowledge, skills and programs to improve STEM education and increase the percentage of high school graduates who are math and science capable.  More information can be found at www.ti.com/education.


  • Monday, May 23, 2016 3:32 PM | Melissa Winne (Administrator)

    WESTBROOK, Maine – St.Germain Collins is pleased to announce the two newest additions to their team: Kris Plante and Ty Hughes.

    Kris Plante has joined St.Germain Collins as an Environmental Scientist to help St.Germain Collins’ clients investigate and remediate environmental contamination at a variety of commercial and industrial sites. Kris will perform Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments; underground storage tank closure assessments; and soil, groundwater, and vapor sampling. Prior to joining St.Germain Collins, Kris worked as an Environmental Scientist at an environmental firm in Massachusetts. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Management from the University of Rhode Island.

    Ty Hughes joins St.Germain Collins as an Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Specialist to help clients with safety inspections, chemical inventories, environmental reporting and plan writing. Prior to joining St.Germain Collins, Ty worked as a Senior Environmental Specialist at a Massachusetts-based environmental, health and safety firm where he was in charge of running a large hospital’s hazardous waste program. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Planning and Policy from the University of Maine at Farmington.

    ABOUT ST.GERMAIN COLLINS | SENTRY EHS

    Founded in 1992, St.Germain Collins is an environmental, EHS (environmental, health and safety) compliance and engineering firm based in Westbrook, Maine. Our clients include manufacturers, commercial lending institutions, energy systems and waste/recycling companies. We provide senior level management in the areas of site planning and development, site investigation and restoration, and regulatory compliance. St.Germain Collins also offers Sentry EHS®, an online regulatory compliance management tool for businesses throughout the United States and Canada. More information is available by visiting www.stgermaincollins.com and www.sentryehs.com.


  • Tuesday, May 17, 2016 12:25 PM | Melissa Winne (Administrator)

    The 2016 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index – a data-based comparison of all 50 states among 70 technology, capital, and policy indicators – finds that Maine improved its ranking from 22nd to 18th since 2015 and surged ahead 11 places since 2014. Data is included on clean-energy generation, green building deployment, energy efficiency expenditures, venture capital investments, and policy implementation. 

    The State jumped from 15th in 2015 to 9th in 2016 in Technology, and from 27th to 19th in Policy. According to the Index, “Maine, the national leader in biomass generation, joins the top 10 for the first time this year at #9 after three years at 15th; back in 2010, the state was a lowly 31st.” However, Nevada overtook Maine as the leader in smart meter market penetration, and the state fell one place in Capital from 24th to 25th since last year. The full report can be downloaded at http://cleanedge.com/reports/2016- US-Clean-Tech-Leadership-Index. 

    According to E2Tech Executive Director Jeff Marks, “the new cleantech leadership index follows other recent reports demonstrating that Maine’s wind, tidal, and biomass resources position the State for economic progress throughout its alternative energy sector. For example, the Maine Technology Institute 2014 report, Re-Examining Maine’s Economic Position, Innovation Ecosystem and Prospects for Growth in its Technology-Intensive Clusters, found that the alternative energy cluster is one of the fastest growing, with job gains of 11.9 % from 2007 to 2012. The clean energy sector has higher than average wages, is growing faster than other technology sectors, and is positioned to flourish under the right conditions. The growth of clean technology overall has outpaced the overall Maine economy and businesses are expanding and expect positive growth in the future.” 

    E2Tech Board Chair and Perkins Thompson Partner Jim Katsiaficas adds, “For those of us who work to promote Maine's Cleantech economy – E2Tech, Maine Technology Institute, among other organizations – and for the many new and growing Maine businesses in this sector, it is encouraging to see the results of this work recognized. At the same time, though, Massachusetts (2), Vermont (3), Connecticut (8), Rhode Island (12) and New Hampshire (16) all are doing better in this area, and so we in Maine have to do more to catch up with Cleantech business development in the other New England states.” 

    Marks credited leading Maine businesses and technologies, like Pika Energy’s clean power electronics, Ocean Renewable Power Company’s tidal energy systems, and Rapport’s sustainability software, for enabling the growth of the sector but cautioned that “Maine must retain its leading position through continued policy support for renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental initiatives. Certainty in the policy framework is a critical component of future business and economic development planning and helps steer private investment to innovation in the sector. It is important to publicize Maine’s technology and policy accomplishments to regional, national, and global investors to demonstrate our commitment to the strength of our clean technology sector.”

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