New Manufacturing Business Incubator and Technology Accelerator Begins Accepting the Future Stars of Maine’s Innovation Economy
January 28th, 2015
BRUNSWICK LANDING, Maine — The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) is pleased to announce the opening of TechPlace, Brunswick Landing’s Technology Accelerator. TechPlace will support the business development needs of early-stage companies and startups in a shared and collaborative work environment. It will give entrepreneurs a place to network with others, research and develop ideas, build prototypes, test products, assemble, grow, and become successful manufacturing and technology companies.
- Co-working office space
- Co-working manufacturing / prototype lab
- Private office / shop space Shared administrative equipment
- Shared wet laboratory
- VTC enabled conference rooms
- Access to business support programs and networking
- Free WiFi
TechPlace is located at 74 Orion Street in the newly renovated 93,000 SF former Navy aviation maintenance department, where components were repaired in dozens of individual workshops and testing facilities.
MRRA kicked off the project in September with HardyPond Construction of Westbrook as the general contractor. Phase I of the $1.5 million project was funded in part by the U.S. Government’s “Make It in America Challenge” grant, with matching monies from MRRA, the Brunswick Development Corporation and the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development. More than 20,000 SF of shared office space, conference rooms and common spaces was created. Access to office machinery such as copiers, printers, and teleconferencing equipment will be provided. Businesses can either rent an individual desk in a common space or a private office suite.
Phase 2, which focuses on shared manufacturing and laboratory spaces, will be ready to accept business associates within a month, upon completion of those renovations. TechPlace already has four businesses that have signed space agreements for the building. They are: Harbor Digital Systems, Drummond Woodsum, Insphero, and Greisen Aerospace. Some of these firms have already moved in. In addition to these businesses, there are another 10 companies committed to lease space at TechPlace. Some are waiting for the manufacturing space to be completed prior to moving in.
“TechPlace will offer more than just physical space for young companies,” TechPlace Administrator Kristine Schuman said. “It will provide the opportunity for start-up and early growth companies to also have access to a whole suite of business development assistance programs and mentoring from experienced professionals with expertise in the areas of finance, human resources, patent law, marketing, manufacturing efficiencies, and hiring employees to name a few.
“We envision this to be a nurturing community for business development. There will be mentoring opportunities and seminars that will focus on getting businesses off on the right foot. I think these opportunities, along with our industrial spaces, are what differentiate this project from other incubators.”
“We’re really excited about what TechPlace can mean to the future of Maine,” MRRA Executive Director Steve Levesque said. “With the redevelopment program to date, we’ve primarily been focused on filling our largest buildings. If you need a 40,000 – 160,000 SF hangar, I can lease you one tomorrow, but we didn’t have many smaller spaces that small businesses need to get started. We believe that TechPlace represents a key element in the redevelopment effort of the former Naval Air Station and in growing Maine’s small business economy.”
“In this kind of environment, an early-stage business has a much better chance of surviving and succeeding,” Levesque said. “Companies can work together and learn from each other and maybe even find ways collaborate. This is how innovation occurs more rapidly. TechPlace is set up to be ground zero for the collisions of innovation that will lead to the new successful technology businesses in Maine.”
Additional photos available upon request. For more information about leasing space at TechPlace, please contact Kristine Schuman at 798-6512 or email@example.com.