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JumpStart Announces Investment in AMTI

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

JumpStart Inc., Northeast Ohio’s venture development organization, has made an investment commitment of $350,000 in Advanced Materials Technology International LLC (AMTI). The Cleveland-based company is developing and commercializing a line of high-tech, energy-curable, nanoparticle materials for ink and coatings applications.

AMTI has developed proprietary methods of manufacturing nanoparticle dispersion products which result in improved performance characteristics in a variety of applications. Because the products are solvent-free they are environmentally friendly, a quality that is of increasing interest within the industry.

“AMTI is positioned at the forefront of a changing marketplace for energy curable inks and coatings. Utilizing the assistance and resources of JumpStart will enable us to take advantage of this technology lead,” stated Byron Hahn, Chief Operations Officer of AMTI.

Marc Insul, JumpStart Entrepreneur-in-Residence will be working closely with the company and providing business advisory services.

This is JumpStart’s 36th investment in 26 companies. Other advanced materials and technology companies in JumpStart’s portfolio include Aria Analytics, FLX Micro, RSP Tooling, and Stanton Advanced Ceramics.

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About AMTI

Advanced Materials Technology International LLC (AMTI) is developing and commercializing a line of high-tech, energy-curable, nanoparticle dispersions and coatings. AMTI’s method of producing smaller particles (nanoparticles) and evenly suspending them in liquid medium results in improved color quality, easier application, and improved durability. AMTI produces a solvent-free and energy curable product, which significantly reduces ink and coating drying time and the space requirements needed for air drying large pieces. This unique process addresses environmental concerns, provides superior durability, and can be applied more effectively than standard application methods.

About JumpStart
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JumpStart (www.jumpstartinc.org) accelerates the growth of innovative early-stage businesses and ideas into venture-ready companies by delivering vital, focused resources to entrepreneurs and the community of Northeast Ohio. JumpStart identifies and invests in early-stage companies that have strong potential in the marketplace, solid prospects for high growth, and are likely to qualify for later-stage funding. Beyond investing, the JumpStart team provides a continuum of business development services to its client companies to help ensure their success.

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