The Maine Technology Institute recently approved a grant for Swan’s Way in Camden and eight other companies to develop products and technologies to help grow their businesses and advance Maine’s innovation economy.

Entrepreneurs in this latest round represent technology development in the areas of advanced technologies for forestry and agriculture, biotechnology, composite materials, precision manufacturing, environmental technology and information technology.

Swan’s Way in Camden will use its $7,875 seed grant to conduct market research to determine the potential for distributing its private line of frozen desserts called Dolcelinos beyond Maine and to examine the affect that the potential growth might have on its manufacturing technology. The grant requires a $7,875 match from Swan’s Way.

“Every two months, MTI receives applications from entrepreneurs across the state who are developing and innovating technology to grow their companies,” said Betsy Biemann, president of MTI. “To be able to support these exciting new ideas with funding and help them grow into successful Maine business ventures is rewarding for all involved. While some are in the early stages of their growth, these are important companies to watch.”

Seed grants of up to $12,500 are offered on a competitive basis six times per year to support early stage research and development activities for new products and services that lead to the market. The awards require a one-to-one match of funds, staff time, equipment or other resources. The next deadline for application to the MTI seed grant program is Aug. 12. For more information visit mainetechnology.org.