New Entrepreneurs Compete for Prize Money

Love watching ABC’s show Shark Tank to see new business ideas?  This Tuesday, you can catch up on the latest ideas for new products and businesses from Maine-based entrepreneurs at Big Gig. The grand finale of the 2016-17 season of the Big Gig pitch contest will take place at the Foster Center for Student Innovation […]

5 Pieces of Advice For Pitching

Five minutes doesn’t seem like a large part of your day. Going to order your lunch, or taking a quick phone call all probably take longer than five minutes. And when someone says, “I’ll be there in five minutes,” it’s colloquially understood that they mean “quickly.” Of course, your awareness of minutes passing varies on […]

Lessons from Pitching Your Business

Kasey Smith is the founder of EterNav, a start-up based in Castine bringing new technology and support to families faced with the unexpected loss of a loved one. EterNav offers more affordable, convenient and personalized bereavement solutions. Kasey has spent the last several months refining her business pitch by participating in the Bangor Top Gun […]

Top Gun is Back!!!

Over the past few years, there has been a growth in support for and optimism around entrepreneurship in the Bangor region. Without such an entrepreneurial spirit present in Bangor, downtown wouldn’t be half of what it is today. The importance of supporting entrepreneurs in our region can’t be understated. That’s why the University of Maine […]

Workshops to prepare entrepreneurs for Top Gun program

To help companies apply for a regional entrepreneurship acceleration program, Top Gun, the University of Maine will facilitate four workshops. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2016 Top Gun Maine Bangor Region Class. The area’s entrepreneurs with aspirations to achieve high growth through innovation will compete for a limited number of seats in the […]

CourseStorm makes it “impossibly simple” to register online for local classes

CourseStorm, an Orono-based company, has a clever and useful value proposition: to connect class providers (adult ed, museums, hospitals, camps, etc.) with people taking classes. Think of CourseStorm as the “Airbnb of local education.” People around the globe use Airbnb to explore an inventory of unique, local accommodations anywhere. Once you create an account, you can […]

Your business isn’t what you thought it would be. Now what?

Like within most industries, within the field of entrepreneurship, there’s a distinct “language.” Words that mean one thing to people like you and me sometimes mean something different to entrepreneurs; it’s a cultural thing. One example is the word “pivot.” To an entrepreneur launching a startup company, a “pivot” is when you change the direction of your company because you’ve learned something new. For example, maybe […]

You have a business idea. Will people PAY you for it?

Let’s say you have an idea for a new business. Your idea is soooooo GREAT, you’re going to make millions! You pour your heart, soul, time, and savings into your idea. You hire a manufacturer and have 10,000 copies of your widget made. Or you invest thousand of dollars developing a new software program because you KNOW customers will […]