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  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 4:04 PM | Anonymous

    Tuesday, May 23rd 8-10 a.m.

    Hyatt Place, 433 Fore St.

    Upstairs Conference Room, Portland 

    Portland 2030 District, a program of the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG), is holding a Forum for commercial property owners, managers and developers to learn about the process of how to evaluate the benefits of implementing energy savings measures in commercial buildings.

    Portland 2030 District is a private sector-led effort utilizing collaboration, incentives, and shared resources to prove the business case for sustainability and achieve the goals of reduced resource use related to energy, water and transportation by 2030. The District aims to drastically reduce the environmental impacts of building construction and operations, while maximizing Portland's economic viability and profitability for building owners, managers and developers.  

    Portland 2030 District provides collaboration with commercial property owners, managers and developers as well as sponsors educational and networking opportunities for its members to learn about and implement energy saving measures and strategies that reduce energy consumption and costs. 

    To attend the Forum please RSVP by email Jennifer Brennan.

    Forum Agenda

  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017 5:13 PM | Anonymous

    Museum L-A’s premier event the Maine Innovation Expo, celebrating creativity, spirit, ingenuity and INNOVATION in Maine is gearing up to be an exciting, fun and educational day for all ages.  This Expo will take place on Saturday, May 20th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at 35 Canal Street, Lewiston. 

    With the support from a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant and in collaboration with L/A Arts, Maine College of Art, Pratt Institute and the Lewiston Auburn Economic Growth Council (LAEGC), the event will include local and state-wide businesses along with talented students, who have created interactive exhibits and will also be showcasing innovative processes.

    The Maine Innovation Expo will provide a platform connecting generations, inspiring our young to explore innovative careers that will strengthen our community.  The event will be educational as well as fun and entertaining for all ages.  This event is FREE to attend so don't miss out on all the excitement!  

    Museum L-A, the organizer of the event, invites businesses and individuals to contact them to find out how they too can be involved in the Expo with their innovative business, idea or leadership. This is a chance to showcase the latest innovations and creative solutions, and help encourage and guide youth toward future growth and expansion here in Maine.  For more information you can call Andrea at the Museum L-A at 207-333-3881 or on my cell phone at 760-672-7911.

    It is 100% free to come and exhibit, but sponsorships are available! Visit http://maineinnovatorsexpo.museumla.org/!

  • Friday, March 31, 2017 10:59 AM | Anonymous

    Yale has published their national survey results for opinions on climate change, environmental policies, and some other related topics. It does an excellent job showing % survey responses and how areas of the country agree and disagree on various issues. See how your state thinks at http://climatecommunication.yale.edu/visualizations-data/ycom-us-2016/.  

  • 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)


    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. 


    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

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