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 pivoted or were founded due to COVID-19. They will be giving a total of $5000 to three finalists, and the deadline to apply is next Tuesday, July 14th. Apply or RSVP


Bragging Rights

+ Neuright, a Top Gun Statewide Showcase winner and University of Maine spinoff, has been awarded a $225,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to continue their work on the early diagnosis and treatment of peripheral neuropathy. Read More

+ Flagsuit, a Top Gun alum, was recently featured in Mainebiz for their assistance in designing spacesuits for NASA and SpaceX's recent launch. Read more

+ Lisa Liberatore, Co-Founder of CoVort and Program Manager of Scratchpad Accelerator, released a workbook to provide a framework for how to think about the current crisis as an opportunity to create a plan for a brighter, even more prosperous, future. Learn More

+ KinoTek was featured in both The Tech Tribune and the Portland Press Herald discussing how they adapted to abrupt changes caused by COVID-19, how the company started, and the outlook for the company's future.

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