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 …

Top Gun Accelerator Is Getting a Fresh New Look

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 …

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 …

Maine-Based Top Gun Accelerator Receives Expansion Grant

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 …

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…

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 …

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 …

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 …

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…

New Coworking Space Planned for South Portland

What’s a tech ecosystem without a coworking space? At the Startup South Portland pitch contest, the winner wasn’t an app, a gadget, but a coworking space. James LaPlante, who pitched his concept for a new coworking and shared-studio space named SoPoCo.Works, took …