CERL Awarded MRRA 2017 Small Business Innovator, Expands TechPlace Presence

Congratulations to Composite Engineering  Research Laboratory, on receiving the 2017 Small Business Innovator Award from the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority; during its annual meeting and dinner on November 15th. CERL is both a full service analytical laboratory, and a prototype manufacturing center targeting the broad spectrum of composite companies within Maine and New England.  They focus on projects ranging from Wind and Hydrokinetics to Marine,…

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TechPlace Businesses Offered Discount to Attend New England Venture Summit on December 6th

New England Venture Summit Provides Startups Opportunity to Meet Investors Special discount:  Use promo code “MRRAVIP” and receive an extra $100 off the current rates. Come meet, interact and network with more than 500 VCs, Corporate VCs, angel investors, investment bankers and CEOs of the hottest early stage and emerging growth companies at the prestigious New…

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Manufacturing Business STARC Systems, Inc. Grows Out of TechPlace

STARC Systems, Inc. one of the first businesses to locate at TechPlace on its opening in 2015, has successfully grown to need more space than TechPlace can provide. STARC Systems has moved their manufacturing operations into a 16,000 SF building of their own, located at 168 Orion Street; just a short distance from TechPlace. Bruce Bickford, Chief Operating Officer of STARC, said…

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AdmitHub Awarded 2017 MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge Grand Prize

Congratulations to TechPlace member AdmitHub on being awarded one four grand prizes of $150,000 in the 2017 MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge! The Inclusive Innovation Challenge is the flagship initiative of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. The initiative awards over one million dollars in prizes to Inclusive Innovators: organizations around the world that are using…

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Composites Lay-Up Facility, New Paint Booth Coming to TechPlace

The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA), TechPlace’s parent company, was awarded $495,165 from the Maine Technology Institute to develop a shared composite lay-up facility and paint booth. With the design and formal bidding process now completed, work has begun and is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2017. TechPlace’s composite lay-up facility…

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MTI Awards Funding to TechPlace Members

The Maine Technology Institute awarded funds to two TechPlace Members recently. Field Phyto-Nutrients LLC received $203,062, which was matched by $222,074. The funding will help the company confirm the feasibility of a planned commercial scale plant to grow micro algae that can be used to make an omega-3 fatty acid under the brand PhytoCortX Liquid…

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STARC Systems Among Finalists for $50,000 LaunchPad Grant

Gorham Savings Bank Announces Finalists for $50,000 LaunchPad Grant A Big Impact on Small Business GORHAM, Maine, May 18, 2017 — Gorham Savings Bank, a leading Southern Maine financial services institution, has selected five early-stage Maine businesses as the finalists of its annual LaunchPad small business competition. From an applicant pool of over 130 businesses,…

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Additional Manufacturing Space Now Available at TechPlace

MRRA builds new maker and industrial space to meet demand We recently completed renovations on the Hangar 4 East industrial project, which adds nearly 20,000 SF of manufacturing space to TechPlace. Innovators now have access to five more industrial spaces in former Navy Building 250. The work spaces range from about 1,500 SF to nearly…

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