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Betsy  Biemann

Betsy Biemann

President

Maine Technology Institute

In 2005, Betsy Biemann was appointed by Governor John Baldacci to serve as president of the Maine Technology Institute (MTI). MTI’s purpose is to support entrepreneurs in Maine’s seven targeted technology sectors to bring innovations to market and create good jobs for people across Maine. It does this by making grants and loans to Maine companies to jointly fund technology development projects as well as by funding collaborative activities aiming to strengthen Maine’s high-potential technology clusters. These clusters span the state’s mature industries, such as forestry and agriculture, and emerging industries, such as environmental and energy technology and biotechnology. MTI also administers the Maine Technology Asset Fund, the State’s $53 million bond program boosting research and economic development across Maine.

Betsy serves as a member of the Maine Innovation Economy Advisory Board, the CEI Community Ventures Board and the Maine Philanthropy Center Board. She joined MTI after serving as an associate director at The Rockefeller Foundation in New York City, where she managed a national grant and investment program aiming to increase employment in low-income communities. She also oversaw Rockefeller's equity investments in community development venture capital funds and below-market loans to social enterprises. Betsy joined Rockefeller's staff in 1996, after working in the field of international development for 10 years, principally in Africa and Latin America.

Betsy earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and the history of science at Harvard University and a master’s degree in public policy from Princeton University. She has attended executive programs at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, and the National Venture Capital Association’s Venture Capital Institute.

She lives in Brunswick with her husband, Sean Callahan, and two children


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