Startups & Apps

Surge Hydro Takes Top Spot at Pitch York County Finals

By | Mar 27, 2017 at 8:30 pm

Surge Hydro continued its winning streak on Thursday evening as it took took the top spot, and the $1,200 first-prize purse, at the Pitch York County final event. The event, held at ThinkTank Biddeford, was the culmination of a series of monthly events that…

News

The UMaine Business Challenge Has Named Its 2017 Finalists

By | Mar 19, 2017 at 10:30 am

Five teams of college entrepreneurs in Maine have been selected to compete in the sixth annual UMaine Business Challenge. These college entrepreneurs will now be paired with mentors and have seven weeks to build a business plan before presenting it before a panel of…

Entrepreneur

Jean Hoffman Launches Family Foundation, Makes First Angel Investment

By | Mar 5, 2017 at 10:30 am

Jean Hoffman has been busy in the ten months since she led her former pet pharmaceutical company, Putney Inc., through a $200 million all-cash acquisition. In that time, she’s purchased a commercial building in Portland, launched a family foundation that will be helping local nonprofits,…

Accelerator

Top Gun Accelerator Accepts 38 Startups into Class of 2017

By | Feb 21, 2017 at 8:30 pm

Top Gun, a program of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development designed to help entrepreneurs ramp up their businesses, announced today that 38 startups have been accepted into the 2017 class. The 2017 class will be largest in the accelerator program’s eight-year history. That’s due largely…

Ecosystems

Maine Venture Fund Celebrates Third Exit in a Year with InterSpec

By | Feb 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm

In early January, a Salt Lake City-based software company called ARCOM acquired InterSpec, a small, under-the-radar software firm in South Portland. InterSpec develops software and provides spec-writing services for the construction and architecture industries Gilles Letourneau founded the company in 1998. Financial details of the…

Startups & Apps

Surge Hydro Wins Award at National Cleantech Open for Low-Cost Hydropower Idea

By | Feb 15, 2017 at 10:30 am

An Belfast-based company working on utilizing our country’s existing hydroelectric facilities, won an award on Thursday evening at the national Cleantech Open contest in San Francisco. Surge Hydro received the national award for the “Business Model with the Best Chance for Immediate Investment and Commercialization,”…

Funding

Report: Maine SBDC Clients Secured $47.1M in 2016

By | Feb 13, 2017 at 8:30 pm

Business owners who sought assistance from the Maine Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) raised $47.1 million in capital during 2016, more than any other year in the program’s 40-year history, according to the Maine SBDC’s recently released annual report. Maine SBDC surveyed 1,583 of their clients…

Accelerator

MaineHealth, Unum Commit $200K to Support Startup Accelerator in Portland

By | Feb 11, 2017 at 12:45 pm

MaineHealth and Unum are betting that technology startups will drive significant innovation and growth within the healthcare industry, and are investing money and resources to attract some of those startups to Portland. The two companies — which are two of the largest employers in…

Ecosystems

MTI Provides Grants to Seven Maine Companies

By | Feb 5, 2017 at 12:45 pm

While the Maine startup ecosystem goes somewhat unrecognized, the burgeoning tech and innovative startups are making some serious moves. The Maine Technology Institute has awarded $95,213 in grants to seven Maine companies in hopes of jump starting the ecosystem. To be more specific, MTI…

Funding

CEI Ventures Closes Fourth VC Fund at $10 Million

By | Jan 26, 2017 at 10:30 am

CEI Ventures announced the closing of its fourth venture capital fund with nearly $10 million available to invest in startups in Maine and the Northeast. The Coastal Ventures IV fund has been operating for the past year since their raise of $7.2 million and initial closing in…

Education

NASA Sending UMaine Prototype to the International Space Station

By | Dec 19, 2016 at 5:50 pm

A wireless leak detection system developed by graduate students at the University of Maine will be part of the International Space Station. It will be the first hardware from UMaine, at least in recent memory, that will function in space for a long period of…

Startups & Apps

Meal-Delivery Venture Wins York County Pitch Contest

By | Dec 19, 2016 at 11:20 am

An organic farm in Arundel won the second Pitch York County pitch contest held Thursday night in Biddeford. How does a farm win a business pitch contest? By innovating the way they package and deliver food to their customers. Like many local farms, Frinklepod…

Drones

Raptor Maps Raises Funds for Farm-Focused Drone Technology

By | Dec 12, 2016 at 10:30 am

When it comes to drones, venture capital firms love to get involved. Raptor Maps is no different. This startup held pilot projects this year in Aroostook County to test the use of its drone technology in the agriculture industry. Raptor Maps has announced that they’ve raised an undisclosed…

Case Study

What Biovation CEO Kerem Durdag Learned About His Company’s Failure

By | Mar 31, 2016 at 3:48 pm

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on Maine Startups Insider. Visit Maine Startups Insider to read more about Maine’s startup community and subscribe to the weekly newsletter. Companies fail. It happens, a lot. But entrepreneurs, founders, CEOs — they don’t often like to talk…

Funding

Maine Angels Among Most Active Angel Investment Groups in 2015

By | Mar 28, 2016 at 4:26 pm

The Maine Angels was one of the country’s most active angel investment groups in 2015, according to a national survey of angel investment activity. The group, which consists of accredited private equity investors who pool their resources to invest in and mentor early-stage companies (aka angel investors), closed 23…

Funding

Two Maine Companies Awarded i6 Federal Grants

By | Feb 8, 2016 at 11:15 am

Today, members of the federal government, Congress, and entrepreneurs met at the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development (MCED) to announce two new local i6 grant awardees. The i6 grants are to be awarded to MCED and Coastal Enterprises (CEI), and focus on job creation…

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