2015-06-26 / Community

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Chiara Ferrante Chiara Ferrante Expression Computing receives tech grant

A Kennebunk software company is among 21 grant recipients in the latest round of awards given by Maine Technology Institute (MTI).

Expression Computing LLC received one of 19 “seed grant” awards, given three times a year by MTI “to support early-stage research and development activities for new products and services leading towards commercialization.”

The company can use the $25,000 award, for which it put up the same amount in matching funds, to support “proof of concept, prototype development, field trials, prototype testing, pilot studies, or technology transfer activities,” according to MTI.

Founded in 2013 by Dan Gurney, Expression Computing, located at 10 Depot St., markets “custom web software” called Trove, which it says “enables marketing and sales intelligence.”

Gurney was part of the 2015 “Top Gun” class for “promising entrepreneurs,” sponsored by the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development and the University of Maine’s Target Technology Incubator.

Other local companies receiving MTI seed grants in its latest round of awards included: The Foundation for Blood Research in Scarborough; St. Germain Collins of Westbrook; The Montalvo Corporation of Gorham; and Forager1, Powerful Me! and Red Door Network, all of Portland. Biddeford-based Maine Textiles International also got a development loan award of $220,000.

The total value of the grants is $1.03 million.

United Way reveals resource development manager

The United Way of York County, headquartered on Water Street in Kennebunk, has hired a new manager of resource development.

Chiara Ferrante of Portland comes to the United Way from the Lewiston office of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, where she worked for more than four years as a staff assistant and caseworker.

A 2010 graduate of St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Ferrante brings to her new role vast experience in fundraising as a volunteer for various U.S. Senate and Maine gubernatorial races.

In her new role, Ferrante will be responsible for overseeing the United Way’s community campaign, Live United 365 Small Business Circle, and will work extensively with its Employee Volunteer Engagement Council

“We feel very fortunate to have Chiara joining us,” said Barb Wentworth, president & CEO of the United Way of York County, in a June 17 announcement. “Charia brings the perfect combination of fundraising and community engagement experience.

“The community and local nonprofits count on United Way’s annual appeal to fund community initiatives and programs throughout York County, and Chiara has the experience and the drive to lead us through another successful community campaign. We look forward to the addition of her energy and ideas.”

– Compiled by Staff Writer Duke Harrington.

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