Maine Venture Fund announces Finetune Learning Acquired by Prometric
Prometric announced that it has completed the acquisition of Finetune, a Maine Venture Fund portfolio company and leading innovator in Artificial Intelligence-assisted education and workforce software tools.
Finetune, originally founded as Academic Merit, LLC by educator and serial entrepreneur Ogden Morse and his father in Falmouth, Maine, has been developing innovative solutions in learning, instruction, and assessment for more than a decade. The company expanded in recent years, with the hiring of CEO Steve Shapiro, into proprietary AI-assisted technology, targeting the growing demand among organizations and companies for the ability to create a high-quality assessment and other learning content with greater time- and cost-efficiency than traditional approaches.
Steve Shapiro of Finetune, said, “We are grateful for the early foundational support from the Maine startup ecosystem, including Maine Venture Fund and several Maine-based individual investors. This next phase of growth with Prometric allows us to further build on our success, taking these solutions to market at scale and continuing to invest in emerging technologies that address the needs of the wide cross section of markets we serve.”
Dr. Brien Walton, Board Chair of Maine Venture Fund, said, “Finetune is a great example of the type of success we work towards with each one of our portfolio companies. Given our unique structure as a state-sponsored fund, MVF serves as a critical economic development tool within Maine for supporting entrepreneurial activity and job growth. MVF first invested in Finetune in 2015, and as a result of this positive return of capital, we’ll be able to recycle these funds into many more investments in other Maine-based companies.”
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