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Top Gun

A 4-month accelerator for high growth potential entrepreneurs

Top Gun delivers the education and support that Maine’s most promising entrepreneurs need. It is hosted in the Bangor region by the University of Maine and is offered in partnership with the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development. During the program, entrepreneurs accelerate their progress by:

  • Working closely with mentors and many others who can help

  • Listening to successful entrepreneurs discuss vital topics, then applying those lessons to their own businesses

  • Workshopping with mentors and peers in the program

  • Sharing perspectives with others facing similar challenges

  • Developing and practicing their pitches.

Is Top Gun right for you?

  • Previous participants have included technology companies (such as apps, cleantech and specialty materials), innovative food companies (such as mass market mead, artisanal chocolate and spelt bagels), as well as service companies with a unique twist. What binds them together are high aspirations to achieve growth through innovation.

  • Of the 160+ companies that have participated in the statewide program since 2009, 40% were already generating revenue, at an annual rate of up to $1 million. Most of the rest were in product and business model development, with a handful still in research or in the product and business model definition stage.

Top Gun teams have included twenty-somethings, AARP-demographic entrepreneurs and every age in between.

The fee for Top Gun is $500 per team, just 10% of actual costs. 

For more information: https://www.mced.biz/programs-services/top-gun-program/

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