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August 2, 2023

Maine Center for Entrepreneurs, FocusMaine launch business accelerator for food tech

The Maine Center for Entrepreneurs Project managers Jason Mitchell and Lydia Swann have decades of experience working in various industries.

The Maine Center for Entrepreneurs and FocusMaine have launched FoodTech Maine, a business accelerator that's aiming to advance innovation and growth in Maine's food, agriculture and aquaculture industries.

According to a news release, FoodTech Maine will use technology and science to improve the efficiency and sustainability of the agrifood industry in all its stages, including designing, producing, processing, packaging, distribution and waste management. FoodTech Maine will also support the commercialization and scaling of operations, through resources, expertise and networking opportunities.

"The demand for improved food value chains is increasing as consumers seek healthier and more sustainable food options," said Tom Rainey, MCE executive director. "Maine's pristine natural resources, heritage food industries, and innovative spirit uniquely position us to grow our food tech industry. We will empower our clients to drive innovation, create high-paying jobs, and establish a center of excellence in food, beverage, agriculture, and aquaculture-related business development."

The FoodTech Maine pilot program previously received support from FocusMaine and the Maine Technology Institute. The FoodTech program will work with FocusMaine on the program's launch and plans to add the Upstart Center, Bangor Innovation Center and the University of Maine as additional strategic partners.

"We are thrilled to launch FoodTech Maine and propel Maine's food industry to new heights," said Jason Mitchell, FoodTech Maine program manager. "With my experience in the food value chain and associated technology and innovation, I am excited to contribute to the success of this initiative. Together with Lydia Swann and our dedicated team, we aim to create an ecosystem where Maine companies developing food innovation, technology, and science can flourish and drive positive change in our state."

Founded in 1997, MCE is an independent nonprofit based in Portland that helps Maine companies launch and grow through training, connections and hands-on support from over 250 volunteer advisors and business mentors.

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