Dirigo Labs Cleantech Programming

Empowering entrepreneurs and startups to create a more sustainable future

Energizing Maine’s Cleantech Landscape

Central Maine Growth Council (CMGC) has been awarded a one-year contract from the Governor’s Energy Office through the Clean Energy Partnership program to expand its Dirigo Labs accelerator program. The contract and additions to the Dirigo Labs program will prioritize companies that are engaging in sub sectors such as renewable energy, cleantech aerospace, environmental monitoring technologies, and innovation-enabling clean energy infrastructure.

In addition to the creation of a cleantech curriculum, Dirigo Labs is fortunate to work with two (2) cleantech Executives-in-Residence (EiR) to support the growth of cleantech entrepreneurs and startups in the state.

Need assistance? Dirigo Labs offers the following to cleantech companies in Maine:


Our cleantech EiRs and nationwide Dirigo Labs mentor network will provide strategic guidance and expert advice to companies on critical areas such as business development, marketing, and fundraising.

Technical Assistance:

We recognize the unique challenges faced by cleantech startups and offer technical assistance covering topics such as navigating environmental regulations, sustainability and environmental impact, and securing grant funding and investment.

R&D Support:

Our partnerships with esteemed research institutions like the University of Maine and the Roux Institute will offer cleantech startups essential R&D support, enabling cleantech startups to refine and scale their pioneering solutions.

Are you looking to grow your cleantech business?

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Cleantech Executives-in-Residence (EiR)

Bob Martin

Bob Martin is an Advisor in Residence (AiR) of the Halloran Lab for Entrepreneurship. He is the Managing Partner of Strategic Equity Partners LLC, a consultancy focused on helping companies develop effective growth strategies. He has helped scores of early-stage and startup ventures, and worked with later stage and large enterprises. A recognized leader and speaker in the world of innovation and entrepreneurship, Bob became widely known as the former President of the Maine Technology Institute. He serves on a number of boards, including ClimateWorkMaine, and works as a mentor with the Maine Center of Entrepreneurs, Dirigo Labs, and Colby College where he is also the Advisor-in-Residence to the Halloran Lab for Entrepreneurship and a visiting instructor. Bob’s experience includes senior leadership roles at The Washington Post, The Hartford Courant, and Dai Nippon Ink & Chemicals where he was president of two subsidiaries. He has created and launched several ventures, and led a number of mergers and acquisitions. He did his undergraduate studies at The George Washington University and earned his MBA at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a US Army veteran. Bob lives in Waterville with his wife Barbara, and Georgie, their Maine Coon cat, and is a Trustee for the Waterville Public Library.

Jeff Marks

Jeff has worked for twenty years at the intersection of business, government, and the economy. He currently serves as ClimateWork Maine’s first Executive Director. He was previously Maine Director and Senior Policy Advocate at Acadia Center, where he works on climate change and energy issues. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of E2Tech (the Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine). In 2010 – 2012, he served as the Deputy Director of the Governor’s Energy Office. Prior to that, he worked at United Technologies as the Director of Energy and EHS Policy, and as the manager of Government Relations. From 2000 to 2004, Jeff was the Director of Environmental and Air Quality at the National Association of Manufacturers.
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