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 July 14th.

As always, attendees will get to watch three entrepreneurs pitch their business (in 5 minutes or less and without the use of slides) to the audience and panel of seasoned business people, but everything will be virtual! Like with the normal Big Gig Pitch-Offs, audience members will still get to vote for their favorite entrepreneur to win a portion of the $5000!

Big Gig is a partner and program of Upstart Maine, Inc., which is a coalition of programs and organizations striving to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Greater Bangor Region. Upstart Maine works to build a community that fuels entrepreneurship from within by filling the gaps in the entrepreneurial landscape, forging connections with the larger community, and connecting startups with the people, services, and resources they need.

Date: Tues., July 28th, 2020

Time: 5:30PM - 7:00PM

Venue: Streaming Online (platform TBD)



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