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Accelerator

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’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…

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Ecosystems

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

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…

Accelerator

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

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

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

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

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,…

Food

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…

Startups & Apps

This Subscription Box Startup From Maine Is a Finalist in the InnovateHER Business Challenge

By | Oct 21, 2017 at 12:45 pm

The Willie Wags, a subscription-box startup based in Bangor, Maine, has been named a finalist in the US Small Business Administration’ InnovateHER Business Challenge. Founder Jamie Clark started the business out of her home in January 2016 with the idea for a subscription-box business based…

Interviews

Vet Your Ideas Before You Start Coding

By | Oct 20, 2017 at 7:15 am

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…

Startup

Friday Feedback Wins Startup South Portland Contest

By | Oct 15, 2017 at 12:45 pm

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…

Interviews

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

By | Oct 11, 2017 at 9:20 am

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…