The University of Maine and Maine Technology Institute have picked four companies to take part in a three-month program aimed at boosting the growth of the startups.
CourseStorm and Double Blue Analytics, both of Orono; Tip Whip LLC of Old Town; and L&K Manufacturing of Bangor will be eligible for $25,000 in MTI funding and will work out of the downtown University of Maine System office as part of the Scratchpad Accelerator program.
The program will provide the companies office space and schedule more than 15 events, from networking to a final pitch day where the companies will speak to potential investors or business partners.
CourseStorm, Double Blue Analytics and Tip Whip are software companies; L&K Manufacturing provides 3D printing services for developing prototypes.
CourseStorm makes software for registering for college classes. Double Blue Analytics has developed software for tracking hockey team and goalie performance. Tip Whip is developing a ridesharing app for college campuses, which it is piloting at the University of Maine.