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Accelerator

Maine

Maine-Based Top Gun Accelerator Receives Expansion Grant

By | Nov 28, 2017 at 8:30 am

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…

Accelerator

Maine

Maine’s Largest Hospital Launches Internal Health Tech Accelerator

By | Nov 27, 2017 at 9:20 am

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…

Ecosystems

Maine

New Economy Index Report Ranks Maine 36th in the Nation

By | Nov 23, 2017 at 2:30 pm

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…

Funding

Portland, Maine

Tilson Technology Raises $3.5M in Series D Round

By | Nov 12, 2017 at 10:30 am

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…

News

Maine

American Unagi catches investors’ eyes at seafood-innovation conference

By | Nov 10, 2017 at 3:04 pm

Sara Rademaker, founder/CEO of American Unagi. American Unagi, an aquaculture startup based in Thomaston, received a warm reception in Palo Alto this week after winning an audience-choice award at a conference focused on innovation in the seafood and aquaculture industries. Sara Rademaker, the company’s…

Accelerator

Maine

Scratchpad Accelerator Announces New Female-Led Startups

By | Nov 9, 2017 at 7:15 am

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…

Startups & Apps

Portland, Maine

Maine-Based Medical Simulation Startup Wins Pitch Competition

By | Nov 4, 2017 at 10:30 am

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…

Co-working Spaces

Maine

Female-Focused Coworking Space to Open in Maine

By | Nov 2, 2017 at 9:20 am

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,…

Diversity

Maine

How the Maine Tech Ecosystem Nurtures Female Entrepreneurship

By | Oct 30, 2017 at 8:30 am

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…

Gear & Gadgets

Portland, Maine

DemerBox Acquired by Grammy-Winning Musician Zac Brown

By | Oct 29, 2017 at 12:45 pm

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,…

News

Maine

Cerahelix named finalist in global startup competition

By | Oct 27, 2017 at 11:02 am

A screenshot of Hello Tomorrow’s tweet on Oct. 26 showing Susan MacKay, Cerahelix CEO, pitching in Paris at the Hello Tomorrow Challenge. Susan MacKay, founder and CEO of Cerahelix, the high-tech nanofiltration company based in Orono, is in Paris this week pitching at the…

Food

Maine

Smart Self-Serve Kiosk Makes Lunch a Snap

By | Oct 24, 2017 at 8:30 am

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…