UpStart Maine Newsletter March 2021







And the winner of the last regular-season Big Gig Pitch-Off was ...... Joshua Kim of

The Cubby! The Cubby is an online community art marketplace where college student creators can exclusively showcase and sell their work to the public. You can watch him and three other entrepreneurs compete for $5,000 in the Big Gig Finale on April 13th! Watch





Bragging Rights


+ GO Lab, a Top Gun Bangor alum, received $85M in bond financing from the Finance Authority of Maine to manufacture their innovative wood fiber insulation products in the former Madison paper plant. Read

+CourseStorm and KinoTek, both Upstart Maine veterans, were named two of ten "2021 Best Tech Startups in Maine" by The Tech Tribune. Read

+ Hannah Marr of Clique in Style, an online application that assists brides in the arrangement & visualization of their complete bridal party design, won Big Gig's Wild Card Competition and will now get to pitch for $5000 in the Big Gig Finale.


+Greenlight Maine's College Edition season opener featured familiar faces including, Veena Dinesh from the UMaine Foster Center for Innovation, as well as previous Big Gig pitchers, The Cubby, and Clique in Style. Watch +Marin Skincare's Patrick Breeding was featured on Startup Maine's "Entrepreneurs and Ecosystem Builders Speaker Series" to talk about what it really takes to bring an idea to life. Watch

+Love Card, a Top Gun alum, was interviewed by Kristi Slaughter, a radio host with SuperTalk Radio/92.9FM. The interview shared the journey of how the Love Card started and circulated around the world. Watch

+A consortium of governmental, academic, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations in Greater Bangor joined together and were selected by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston to move into the design phase of the Working Communities Challenge. The focus will be on workforce development and entrepreneurship in the sectors of food and trades industries. Read more

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