June 12, 2015
Maine is more than just lobster and beards. It’s also a great place to start up. In fact, Maine is home to so many innovators, makers, creators, and entrepreneurs, that they’ve decided to devote a weeklong conference to them.
From June 22-28, the city of Portland will host Maine Startup & Create Week (MSCW). There will be 75 events over 7 days, including over 45 Presentations, Workshops And Panels, and six keynote speakers throughout the week. The week’s events will also center along three distinct tracts: Small Business, Food Innovation, and Scale & Growth.
This will be the 2nd annual conference to support, showcase, and encourage Maine startups and innovation. It was founded by Jess Knox, the founder and CEO of Olympico Strategies in Portland, Maine. In a letter promoting the 2014 conference, Knox gives a little background about the mission and purpose of the conference:
“We are celebrating the attitude of thinking big and embracing the positive opportunities of the future. Whether you’re a big innovative company employing hundreds, or a smaller company just getting going with dreams of growing big, or some combination, this event is for you. There are many companies in Maine doing just those things and we cannot wait to show them off to everyone.
We are from New England, so we don’t always like to brag about our success, but during MSCW, that rule is thrown out. Wait till you see what we have to show you.
MSCW is also about strengthening our innovation and startup community. Research shows that being intentional about the effort to do so is critical. So we’re intentionally bringing together people who are already doing it in Maine, but also people who are doing it elsewhere. We believe that engineering serendipitous collisions between people, ideas, and resources will benefit everyone who attends.”
For those who’d like to attend (I know we have some readers reppin Maine), you can register here. Daily passes are $150, and a full week pass is $499. The full week pass includes entrance to the Celebrate Maine Lobster Bake on Saturday evening, just in case you needed something else to entice you.
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