Business-development nonprofit Maine Accelerates Growth has issued $70,000 in grants to three organizations that contribute to Maine’s economic growth.

It issued $5,000 to the Treehouse Institute for its TEDxDirigo program to increase engagement with entrepreneurs and startups. TEDxDirigo is the Maine-based TEDx program under a free license granted by TED, a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas in the form of short, thought-provoking talks.

It gave $15,000 to the Sustainability Lab, which is organizing the Maine Food Systems Innovation Challenge to take place later this year, and working to help scale new ideas for Maine’s food systems.

Finally, it awarded $50,000 to the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development’s Top Gun accelerator program to help fund its expansion into Lewiston-Auburn. Top Gun is a program for Maine startups.

Maine Accelerates Growth is a grassroots organization focused on coordinating and investing in programs that boost innovation and high-growth entrepreneurship in Maine, funded in part by a $200,000 grant from the Maine Technology Institute.


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