UpStart Maine Newsletter September 2020
September 2020 Edition
Big Gig was finally able to host their 2019/2020 Season Finale, and Lauren Tuell of Mainely Succulents was named the winner and recipient of the $5000 prize. Mainely Succulents is an Orono-based plant shop that offers "Plant & Sips," succulents for weddings, workshops, & more. Read more
+TrustedRenter, a Foster Center for Student Innovation & Top Gun company, was awarded the Michael Sheehan Memorial Prize and $5000 at the Top Gun Statewide Showcase for their software platform that simplifies the renting process for landlords & tenants. +Coffee Hound Coffee Co. and Gel Hydration won the Top Gun Bangor Regional Showcase and moved on to pitch their businesses at the Top Gun Statewide Showcase. Coffee Hound is a local coffee roaster with a variety of innovative product lines, and Gel Hydration has a line of gel pod pet treats. Watch +Marin Skincare, a Scratchpad Accelerator and Foster Center for Student Innovation alum, launched its first product, a skin cream specializing in eczema treatment. +Patrick Breeding, Marin's Co-Founder and a Big Gig & Top Gun alum, was also featured in Maine Science Podcast's very first episode. Listen +UpStart alumni, Brian Rahill of Coursestorm and Patrick Breeding of Marin Skincare, and Jason Harkins, Co-Owner of CoVort and Managing Director of Scratchpad Accelerator, were featured in The Greater Good webinar series talking about how startups are driving their own pandemic recovery.