UMaine alum co-founder of software company CourseStorm


Registering online for classes in the community has never been easier thanks to the Orono-based company CourseStorm. UMaine alum and programmer Matt James co-founded the software company whose technology makes registering for courses online “impossibly simple.” Clients include various adult education programs around the country, including the Maine Adult Education system. CourseStorm is a spin-off of the web-and-application development firm RainStorm, also located in Orono. In this video, James talks about how UMaine’s Top Gun Entrepreneurial Accelerator program has helped him and his company.

The Top Gun entrepreneurship accelerator is a five-month program that engages entrepreneurs in growing their businesses. Top Gun combines education, mentoring, pitch-coaching and networking opportunities. The program is a partnership of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, Maine Technology Institute, Blackstone Accelerates Growth and the University of Maine. UMaine organizes and hosts a Bangor region class and has also developed curriculum to support the statewide program. More information about Top Gun is online.

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