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UpStart Maine Newsletter July 2020

July 2020 Edition Coffee Hound wins Big Gig, COVID-19 Edition Jennifer Litteral of Coffee Hound Coffee Co., a current Top Gun company, won Big Gig's COVID-19 Edition Pitch-Off and received $2,500! Litteral first launched her business in 2013 as a coffee shop in Bar Harbor and has since done more than $3 million in sales. mJesse Lupo of Mossy Ledge Spirits placed 2nd and walked with $1500, and third went to Heather Kerner of The Good Crust, who received $1000! Read more Bragging Rights + Patrick Breeding, a participant in many UpStart Maine programs, and Amber Boutiette launched Marin Skincare, unique skincare product which blends lobster glycoproteins with other ingredients to treat dry skin

Blitz Awarded Machias Savings Bank Grant to Host Virtual Entrepreneurship Conference

We’re very excited to announce that Blitz, an UpStart Maine program, has been awarded a $9,000 grant from Machias Savings Bank’s Rapid Response Grant to host a virtual entrepreneurship conference aimed to help businesses across Maine build and continue demonstrating resilience in response to the devastating effects COVID-19 has had on our economy. With this grant, we Blitz will host a special, no-cost, half-day, online conference in addition to their annual conference held each fall. The Blitz Virtual Conference will be held on July 23, 2020, from 12:45-4:45 pm EST. It will provide an opportunity for Maine business owners to connect with other business owners and get a quick infusion of acti

UpStart Maine Newsletter June 2020

June 2020 Edition We are excited that two UpStart Maine programs are hosting significant, virtual events for entrepreneurs this month, both funded by Machias Savings Bank grants! +Blitz, the Bangor area’s entrepreneurship conference, is hosting a special, no-cost, half-day, online conference on July 23rd. The conference will provide an opportunity for Maine business owners to connect with other business owners and get a quick infusion of actionable items, out of the box ideas, and overall support that can help them navigate these challenging and quickly changing times. Register +Big Gig is hosting a virtual, COVID-19 Edition of their Big Gig Pitch-Off on July 28th for Maine companies who piv

Big Gig, COVID-19 Edition receives $5000 in prize funding from Machias Savings Bank

Big Gig, an UpStart Maine program, is incredibly excited to announce that they will be receiving $5000 in prize funding from Machias Savings Bank to host a virtual, COVID-19 Edition of their Big Gig Pitch-Off on Tuesday, July 28th! The entire $5000 will go to their three finalists; first place will receive $2500, second place will get $1500, and $1000 will go to third place. To qualify, the Maine startup or small business must have pivoted their business, recognize an opportunity to pivot their business but can’t currently afford to do so, or have created a business in response to the needs of the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline to submit the application, which is a ninety-second video, is J

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