Message from the vtTA
VTTA Launches New Website and Brand Refresh

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new Vermont Technology Alliance website and a VTTA brand and logo refresh. The new site has a modern, updated look and continues to carry our Career Center job board and popular News and Events features.

It also provides member profiles, with links to their current job openings in the VTTA Career Center, and information about our programs and mission, including the VTTA’s work in focus areas around advocacy and public policy, events and networking, and recruitment.

The new site and related brand update was created and made possible as a sponsorship from Scout Digital.

We think the new website will help positively highlight Vermont’s dynamic tech sector, the VTTA, and our members. 

Check out the site at, and please share with others in your network.


With the coming of fall, many are already looking ahead to ski season. Vermont Technology Alliance members can take advantage of discounted season ski passes to Smugglers’ Notch through the Corporate Season Pass Program for 2021/2022. You can see the different options in the Corporate Partners Pricing flyer.

In addition to reduced rates, Smugglers' Notch extends its pre-Labor Day pricing through Halloween and includes free Pass Protection Insurance to VTTA member employees and their immediate family members.

If you are interested, please contact for how to register.

As always, we welcome businesses and individuals to join our more than 200 current VTTA members. Find more information here.

Jeff Couture
Executive Director
Vermont Technology Alliance

Featured Member - THINKMD

THINKMD’s mission is to make clinical intelligence technology universally accessible so that anyone, anywhere can make better healthcare decisions for themselves and their communities.

A social impact company based in Burlington, Vermont, THINKMD’s clinical intelligence technology helps any user identify how sick a person is, what illness they may have and what appropriate next steps to take. The scientifically validated technology has shown a 94% adherence to the Under 5 World Health Organization (WHO) protocol, which aims to reduce death, illness and disability, and promote improved growth and development among infants and children aged less than 5 years.

THINKMD empowers users, healthcare delivery organizations and governments with acquired data that informs accurate clinical and public health decision-making.

Learn more at

See THINKMD’s current job openings in the VTTA Career Center.
Upcoming Events
BRIC Presents BRICvt X qBraid: Quantum Computing Summit
(September 24, 2021)
Join the Black River Innovation Campus (BRIC) and quantum computing startup qBraid for a thought leadership event bringing together the top research and entrepreneurial minds in quantum computing. Participants learning or working in this space are encouraged to submit work in advance to be eligible for the grand prize. All participants will engage and network with one another through a series of remote presentations, keynotes, and activities.
Find more information here.
VCET Lunch & Learn: Startups and Strengths
(October 6, 2021)
VCET presents a free workshop with strengths-based coach, Chad T. Ahern, where he’ll explore how strengths-based development and the CliftonStrengths ® assessment can inform and impact your ability to authentically lead, and improve team efficiency and collaboration by understanding how each team member works best.
Find more information here.
REV2021 Renewable Energy Conference
(October 18, 19 & 26, 2021)
For more than two decades, the REV Conference has been the leading renewable energy event in northern New England. Organized by Renewable Energy Vermont, this annual forum brings together business leaders, system operators, architects, builders, manufacturers, engineers, scientists, policy makers, and regulators.
Find more here.
Vermont Tech Jam 
(October 23, 2021 – Hula)
The Vermont Tech Jam is back for 2021 at Hula, a technology-driven co-working campus, business accelerator and venture capital fund focused on elevating Vermont-based start-ups and entrepreneurs.
This annual career and tech expo, organized by Seven Days and supported by the Vermont Technology Alliance, showcases some of Vermont’s most innovative companies.
Find more information and register here.
Vermont Technology News
DealerPolicy to Expand in Williston with $110 Million Infusion
(September 10, 2021 – Seven Days)
DealerPolicy, a Williston software company that started just five years ago, has obtained $110 million in investment funding and plans to hire about 100 people as it expands.

In Vermont, deals of around $5 million still garner notice. That $110 million is more than all of the combined venture investing in 31 companies in the state last year, said Cairn Cross, whose Shelburne company, Fresh Tracks, was a minor player in the DealerPolicy deal.

The move could draw interest and build confidence in companies based in Chittenden County and in Vermont, said Jeff Couture of the Vermont Technology Alliance.

“Investment draws other investment, or at least draws the attention” of people who keep track of business deals nationally, said Couture.

Read more here.
iSun Announces Acquisition of SunCommon for $40 million
(September 8, 2021 – iSun)

iSun, Inc. and SunCommon announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which a subsidiary of iSun will acquire SunCommon for $40 million, in cash and securities.

iSun, formerly Peck Electric based in South Burlington, is a leading solar energy and clean mobility infrastructure company with 50-years of construction experience in solar, electrical and data services. SunCommon, based in Waterbury, was an early provider of home-based solar-electric generation, while since expanding into commercial and community-based projects. 

Read more here.
OnLogic Details Global Growth, Unveils Plans for New High-Tech Facility in Vermont
(September 1, 2021 – OnLogic)

Global industrial computer hardware manufacturer and Internet of Things solution provider, OnLogic unveiled plans to build a new 125,000 square foot global headquarters in South Burlington’s Technology Park to accommodate its continued growth, The VTTA member company has outgrown its current 36,000 square-foot, high-tech facility in Meadowlands Park, which was previously expanded in 2014.

The planned $50 Million project will house manufacturing, warehousing, testing facilities and all other business operations to support the production of the company’s small-form factor industrial computers. The company hopes to break ground in the first half of 2022.

Read more here.
THINKMD receives $2.3 Million grant from Gates Foundation and a Pfizer Foundation Grant
(August 31, 2021 – THINKMD)

A two-year, $2.3 million program-related investment grant has been awarded to VTTA member THINKMD by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the development of a globally scalable standardized Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR)-based clinical Application Programming Interface (API).

In addition, for a third year in a row, The Pfizer Foundation has awarded a grant to THINKMD to improve its clinical algorithms and data analytics to assist frontline health workers to accurately identify acute febrile illnesses (AFIs), leading to better health outcomes. 

Read more here.
BioTek Donates 200 Computers to Vermont Family Services Nonprofit
(August 24, 2021 – mychamplainvalley)

A Vermont nonprofit that provides adoption and other services for families and expectant mothers now has 200 computers in hand, thanks to a local tech company.

Agilent Technologies Inc. donated 175 laptops and 25 desktop computers to Lund Center in a ceremony at the social service provider’s South Burlington offices. The refurbished computers came from BioTek Instruments, which was recently acquired by Agilent.

Read more here.
GlobalFoundries Sets ‘Journey to Zero Carbon’ Goal to Reduce GHG Emissions by 25 Percent
(August 19, 2021 – Vermont Business Magazine)

GlobalFoundries (GF), the global semiconductor manufacturer with a plant in Essex Junction, announced its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent from 2020 to 2030, as the company expands its global manufacturing capacity.

Building on GF’s history of environmental responsibility and ongoing greenhouse gas emissions reduction, this new Journey to Zero Carbon initiative reinforces the company’s commitment to sustainable and environmentally efficient manufacturing operations. GF is based in Malta, NY.

Read more here.
Senator Patrick Leahy Seeks $9 Million Dollars to Support Vermont Start-ups
(August 18, 2021 – mychamplainvalley)

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy wants $ 9 million set aside in this year’s appropriations bill for Vermont start-ups. Leahy is a long-term partner with the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, a company designed to work with and support local entrepreneurs.
To help support Vermont’s creative thinkers, the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee is working to create a new seed capital fund for VCET .“It’s not just for investors, it’s jobs, and jobs are being created, and keeping people here in Vermont where we want them,” said Leahy.
His recent visit to the Burlington-based company is part of a broader effort to improve the state economy and keep young Vermonters in-state. He heard from 11 entrepreneurs in a roundtable discussion. Many shared with him that they moved to Vermont during the pandemic to start their businesses.

Read more here.
MTX Group to Create 250 Hi-Tech Jobs with Opening of Office in Waterbury, Vermont
(August 16, 2021 – MTX Group)

Global technology consulting firm MTX Group Inc. announced plans to establish a Northeast regional office in Vermont as part of its continued expansion in the region. MTX partners with public sector agencies and organizations to modernize technology to advance the happiness, health, and economics of the communities they serve worldwide. With a global presence, MTX is committed to creating 250 hi-tech jobs in Waterbury, Vermont in the next five years.

MTX chose Vermont as a location after being authorized for a Vermont employment growth incentive with an enhancement for locating in a labor market area with higher unemployment than the state average. This incentive is earned if the company meets growth targets including hiring 250 employees in the next five years.

MTX currently provides technology solutions in over 35 states, including health monitoring, disease transmission tracking, unemployment insurance claims, emergency child care licensing, isolation services for higher education, and vaccination management.

Read more here.
FreshTracks Capital Launches New Growth Fund to Invest in Area Businesses
(August 13, 2021 – WCAX)

FreshTracks Capital has launched a new venture fund designed to help grow business in Vermont. The FreshTracks Growth Fund – the fifth fund in VTTA member FreshTracks Capital’s family of Vermont-based investment funds – will target investment in approximately 10 growing companies over the next few years.
While the first four of FreshTracks Capital’s funds were focused on local start-ups, this new fund is geared towards larger investments in growth-stage businesses that already have some traction in the marketplace, and can benefit from additional capital investment to accelerate further growth and scale. The FreshTracks Growth Fund has already invested in five area companies, DealerPolicy, Zero Gravity, Mamava, Caledonia Spirits, and Faraday. FreshTracks is looking for additional growth-stage companies in the area that could benefit from new investment to help them grow further.

Read more here.
InSpace Announces Integration That Will Bring Virtual Communities, Classrooms and Offices to Canvas
(August 11, 2021 – InSpace)

InSpace, a Vermont-based online communication platform built by educators for educators, announced a full integration with Canvas, an industry-leading learning management system (LMS) by Instructure, which serves 30 million teachers and students worldwide.

The integration means that the transformative features developed by InSpace, including video-conferencing for learning and socializing, synchronous and asynchronous chat functions, mobile notifications and virtual office hours for professors and administrators, will be available at the click of a button for Canvas users.

Read more here.

Vermont Technology Alliance Membership Update

The Vermont Technology Alliance works on behalf of its members and is able to carry out its mission through the support of its membership.
New members: New members include HR Happens and individuals Milton Oliver and Thomas Hryckiewicz.
Renewing members: FirstLight as an annual Leadership Member/Sponsor, and Chroma Technology - 89 North and Data Innovations as annual Partner Member/Sponsors. We appreciate the year-round, underwriting support of our annual Member/Sponsors.
Not a vtTA member yet? Then why not join now? Find more information and register here. You can also contact us at
Useful Information & Links
Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Hosting Public Events to Gather Feedback and Ideas for Statewide Climate Action Plan

This fall, state officials, local leaders and members of the Vermont Climate Council invite the public to attend one of several events to learn about the development of the state’s Climate Action Plan and help prioritize approaches.

In 2020, the Vermont Legislature passed the Global Warming Solutions Act. The Act requires Vermonters to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and helps communities prepare to face more extreme weather caused by climate change. The Act also directed the Vermont Climate Council to develop a Climate Action Plan to guide this work. The Action Plan aims to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next several decades, prepare and protect Vermont communities and landscapes from the greatest risks of climate change, and create new jobs to enable this transformation. The initial plan will be adopted on December 1, 2021.

There are multiple opportunities to join an upcoming event, either online or in person.
Event details can be found at

Windham County Business Plan Competition
Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC), has opened applications to compete for the 2021 Windham County Business Plan Competition. The multi-year competition is funded by the Windham County Economic Development Program and will create an opportunity for scalable, and growth-focused businesses in the region to refine their business plans, hone their pitch, and receive an award that will assist their startup operations or growth plans. The winner will receive a $20,000 cash award, $5,000 in Amazon Web Services credits and $3,000 (value) in technical assistance/consulting from BDCC.

Champlain College Career Fair

The Champlain College Career Collaborative team invites businesses to participate in its Virtual Career Fair on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., on Handshake.  Fair participation is targeted to employers who are actively recruiting multiple positions of direct relevance to Champlain’s academic programs. Click here for a list of its majors and specializations.

The virtual format allows for video, audio and chat communication with attendees (students and alumni) through 30-minute group information sessions and 10-minute one-on one conversation between recruiters and attendees.

For more information and assistance, email 

Click here to reserve your spot at the Fair.
vtTA Career Center
Vermont Technology Alliance member companies are hiring, and when you visit the Career Center on the Vermont Technology Alliance website you can browse and search for these job openings and subscribe to updates. The Career Center on average features 100+ tech and non-tech jobs with Vermont Technology Alliance member businesses. Jobs available from vtTA members are listed at no charge in the Career Center as a member benefit.
For more, click here.  
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