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Interviews

This Founder Knew When it Was Time to Step Down and Let Go

By | Jun 16, 2017 at 7:15 am

David Stone has lived the big-company corporate life and the startup life. There’s no contest. He prefers the latter. Stone has been involved in eight or nine startups in senior roles, though he only founded or co-founded three of those—Sports Rewards Systems in 2002,…

Interviews

How One Founder Went From VC to Green Tech Startup

By | Jun 15, 2017 at 8:30 am

Each week, I interview a startup founder in Maine to learn more about their background, lessons learned, advice for founders and their technology. This time we’re talking with Clayton Kyle, CEO of Clynk, the bottle and can redemption business and garbage tech. As CEO…

Diversity

Robyn Kanner of MyTransHealth on Hiring With an Inclusive Mindset

By | Jun 2, 2017 at 10:50 am

Companies with diverse and inclusive team has shown to improve their product and bottom line. When it’s time for managers to hire their next round of employees or fill a position, focusing on inclusion can not only help with the larger social problem, but your company will…

News

Carrie LeDuc of GTCA on the Importance of Balancing Work and Life

By | Jun 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Carrie LeDuc has been involved in four biotech startups, including two in Maine, over the course of her 26-year career. Though her startup stints were separated by more than five years working at The Jackson Laboratories in Bar Harbor, LeDuc said an addiction to building…

Reports & Rankings

Maine Drops Two Spots in Kauffman Startup Activity Index

By | May 30, 2017 at 9:15 am

Maine has dropped two spots in the 2017 Kauffman Index of Startup Activity, an annual index that measures new business creation and startup density among the states and largest metro areas. The index, a project of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, splits states into…

Communication

Rodney Sampson of Opportunity Hub Says Startups Need to Talk to Each Other

By | May 26, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Being a founder of a startup can be a very isolating job and it could feel that you’re on a deserted island. What founders need to realize that they need to get out of their routine, go to events or meetups and talk with…

Startups & Apps

Meet the Five Finalists in LaunchPad’s Pitch Competition

By | May 23, 2017 at 10:30 am

After close to 140 applications and countless hours to narrow down the finalists, LaunchPad, the small business pitch competition created by Gorham Savings Bank, named the five startups to compete next month for a chance to win $50,000. Meet the Five Finalists Good To-Go (Kittery) – makes dehydrated…

Culture

Giovani Twigge of IDEXX Laboratories on Company Culture

By | May 22, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Walk along the streets of Portland, Maine and you’ll find everything festivals and sports to historic museums and local companies. If you happen to walk into the Maine College of Art (MECA) this June 19-23, you’ll be treated to Maine Startup & Create Week (MSCW), where there’s…

Ecosystems

Senators Reach Across the Aisle to Pass Maine Coworking Bill

By | May 16, 2017 at 8:30 pm

Coworking spaces are a great place to build one’s business, develop relationships and expand an ecosystem. On Tuesday, bill LD 285 (Bill), “An Act To Provide Funding for the Maine Coworking Development Fund” passed the House last week in a party-line vote of 77 to 66. The Bill…

Education

Thomas College Receives $5.3M Alfond Grant for New Center of Innovation

By | May 13, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Thomas College announced a new initiative designed to promote innovation and spur entrepreneurial activity in central Maine. The Waterville-based college has created the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation thanks to a $5.3 million donation from The Harold Alfond Foundation. This is the largest gift…

Interviews

Maine Media CEO Kevin Thomas On Learning From Failure

By | May 12, 2017 at 8:30 pm

Since 2014, Maine Startup & Create Week has been celebrating and highlighting the emergent ecosystem of creativity and entrepreneurship in the state of Maine, which is rapidly becoming a destination for cord-cutters and grassroots business people. The completely volunteer-run Maine Startup & Create Week will…

Startups & Apps

[Re]Produce Wins UMaine Business Challenge

By | May 12, 2017 at 9:15 am

A company that wants to turn Maine farmers’ surplus into high-end locally sourced frozen food has won the sixth annual UMaine Business Challenge, held in Orono. Anita van Dam and Grace Burchard, both students at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, took home…

Startups & Apps

7 Startups in Venture Hall’s Inaugural Accelerator Cohort

By | May 11, 2017 at 9:15 am

A pain-management app, an AI-enabled medical records software company, and a cloud-based wellness tracking platform for employers are among Venture Hall’s first cohort of healthcare-related startups that will spend three months in Portland this summer scaling their businesses and expanding their networks. Venture Hall, which…

Funding

Redd Raises Nearly $1M in New Investment Round

By | May 6, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Brunswick-based Redd, the energy bar company, has raised the majority of a $1.5 million investment round. The company filed paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday revealing that it had raised $867,861 out of a $1.5 million offering. It claimed 13…

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