Scratchpad Accelerator Announces New Female-Led Startups

November 9, 2017

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 app that allows parking-space owners to rent their spaces to other drivers.
  • Sofia Fima (Lewiston, ME)  a handbag designer based in Lewiston.

Founder Dianna Pozdniakov, founder of Sofia Fima, and Katheryn Langelier, founder of Herbal Revolution, both participated in the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development’s Top Gun program this year and both made it to the final Showcase event.

Scratchpad launched in Bangor in 2015 and worked with a single cohort of four startups before taking a two-year hiatus. In August, it announced that it would relaunch this fall with a new focus on female entrepreneurs, which will be a first in Maine.

Participants in Scratchpad will have access to up to $1 million in perks and in-kind services through the Global Accelerator Network.

“The curriculum will not only provide the vital mentors with the targeted expertise I need to grow my business, it is going to provide me the confidence I require to scale and compete in this competitive environment,” Heather Lux, founder of True North Beauty, said in a statement.

Read more about emerging startups in Maine at TechCo

The post Scratchpad Accelerator names cohort of female-owned companies appeared first on Maine Startups Insider.

This article is courtesy of Maine Startups Insider, created by Whit Richardson, a journalist who’s covered Maine’s business community for the past decade. Visit Maine Startups Insider to read more about Maine’s startup community and subscribe to the weekly newsletter.

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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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