South Portland Competition to Attract Maine Startups

August 4, 2017

7:15 am

The City of South Portland is prepared to launch a small-business pitch competition to support local entrepreneurs and project a business-friendly image.

The Startup South Portland competition, presented by City of South Portland and Opticliff Law, is a pitch contest for startups and small businesses based in the cities of South Portland, Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth and Westbrook, Maine. Once a week for three weeks, businesses from these cities will compete in South Portland for fun, for bragging rights, and for cash prizes

The event will offer an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to pitch their businesses to a panel of experienced judges. Weekly winners will receive an as-yet-undetermined monetary prize that will be provided by a local business sponsor. The event is similar to a pitch contest launched in Biddeford last year called Pitch York County.

The city plans to host the first pitch contest on Sept. 13, 2017. Each event will take place at a different South Portland venue involved in the city’s entrepreneurial community.

Small-business owners interested in applying can do so here.

Read more about emerging startups in Maine at TechCo

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Whit Richardson is a former daily newspaper journalist in Portland, Maine, who has covered business and entrepreneurship for the past decade. He's founder of Maine Startups Insider and currently editor-in-chief of 4Front Publishing, an online news startup covering the nascent legal cannabis industry.

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