Whit Richardson is a former daily newspaper journalist in Portland, Maine, who has covered business and entrepreneurship for the past decade. He's founder of Maine Startups Insider and currently editor-in-chief of 4Front Publishing, an online news startup covering the nascent legal cannabis industry.

 

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VentureWell to Fund UMaine Student-Led Biotech Startup

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VentureWell, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that supports science and technology entrepreneurs, has selected a medical simulation startup founded by University of Maine students to receive funding and training. The company, Zephyrus Simulation LLC, was spun off from a product developed by a group of bioengineering…

Top Gun Accelerator Is Getting a Fresh New Look

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The Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development organization, founded in 1997 to help train entrepreneurs, celebrated its 20th anniversary with the unveiling of a new name and logo, and will change its name to the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs. While a small change, it shifts…

STARC Systems Closes $3.4M Round Led by Blue Heron Capital

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STARC Systems, a five-year-old company in Brunswick, Maine, that sells innovative containment systems for the construction industry, has received a $3.4 million investment led by Blue Heron Capital. Blue Heron has a “growth-equity” investment fund that focuses on the healthcare and tech-enabled business services…

Maine-Based Top Gun Accelerator Receives Expansion Grant

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The Top Gun accelerator, launched by The Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development (MCED), has received a $50,000 grant to expand program to Brunswick next year, and to Waterville in 2019. The grant comes from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2017 Growth Accelerator Fund, which…

Maine’s Largest Hospital Launches Internal Health Tech Accelerator

Maine Medical Center, Maine’s largest hospital, is investing in their employees and giving them a chance to act on their innovative ideas that could transform healthcare. The Innovation Cohort is the hospital’s internal startup accelerator for physicians and other employees who have ideas for…

New Economy Index Report Ranks Maine 36th in the Nation

A new report by the 2017 State New Economy Index that assesses states’ fundamental abilities to successfully navigate an economy driven by technological innovation has placed Maine near the bottom of the pack. Overall, Maine ranked 36th in the Index, prepared by the nonprofit Information…

Tilson Technology Raises $3.5M in Series D Round

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Tilson Technology, the IT-services company in Portland, has raised $3.5 million of a $5 million offering to fuel its rapid expansion. CEO Joshua Broder told Maine Startups Insider that the new investment, which is a combination of debt and equity, will be used to…

Scratchpad Accelerator Announces New Female-Led Startups

Scratchpad Accelerator, a Maine-based female-focused accelerator, has announced the four companies that will take part in its first entrepreneurial-training program. The four startups will be: True North Beauty (Milo, Maine) a skincare products company. Herbal Revolution (Lincolnville, Maine) produces herbal tonics and elixirs. Parkupine (Norfolk, VA)  a mobile…

Maine-Based Medical Simulation Startup Wins Pitch Competition

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A medical simulation startup founded by UMaine students won the Bangor region’s BigGig pitch event last week. The company, Zephyrus Simulation LLC, was spun off from a product developed by a group of bioengineering students at the University of Maine. The product began as…

Female-Focused Coworking Space to Open in Maine

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A new wave of female-focused coworking spaces are popping up around the country. And Portland, Maine will soon join New York City, Washington, D.C., and San Diego in the wave. Founder Heather Ashby will launch the new coworking space, CoworkHERS later this year. She feels traditional coworking spaces,…

How the Maine Tech Ecosystem Nurtures Female Entrepreneurship

According to a 2015 Pew Research Center survey, 43 percent of Americans believe that women in executive business positions are held to higher standards than men. The same percentage of respondents believe that people and companies in the United States aren’t prepared to hire…

DemerBox Acquired by Grammy-Winning Musician Zac Brown

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A three-time Grammy Award-winning country musician and entrepreneur has quietly acquired a majority stake in DemerBox, the Portland, Maine-based startup that launched on Kickstarter in 2014 with its rugged, high-end, Bluetooth speakers. DemerBox’s new owner is Zac Brown, who besides touring with his band,…

Smart Self-Serve Kiosk Makes Lunch a Snap

It’s lunchtime and you only have 15 minutes to grab your food and go and having a healthy food choice already prepared would be ideal. That’s the thought behind the startup Veebie, a self-service food cart where customers can order and pay for their grab-and-go meal…

Vet Your Ideas Before You Start Coding

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The startups that often garner the most attention are working on consumer technology or other trendy areas like blockchain, fintech, biotech, etc. But innovation is happening in less-visible industries, as well. Spring Point Solutions is a perfect example. The Portland-based software developer is operating…

Friday Feedback Wins Startup South Portland Contest

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Luke Thomas took home top honors, along with $1,500, recently at the Startup South Portland final pitch contest with his software startup, Friday Feedback. Thomas, a South Portland resident, has been quietly working on Friday Feedback for the past year, putting in about 10…

How the Maine Center for Biomedical Innovation Train Scientists of the Future

A Look at the Next Generation in Cancer Testing

While it sounds straight out of a Sci-Fi novel, Kevin Strange (CEO and cofounder) and his cofounder, Viravuth Yin, along with another researcher, Michael Zasloff, have identified a certain molecule (it’s called MSI-1436) that has demonstrated regenerative properties in the laboratory, first in zebrafish and then…