Executive Insights Forum

Event information

Date: June 14, 2018
Time: 11:30am-6:00pm
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
363 Maine Mall Rd, Portland

All tickets include lunch and reception.

Mainebiz hosts a new expanded half-day Executive Insights Forum

New Ventures: Ideas and advice for entrepreneurs and startups

An expanded day forum format is designed to help and inspire entrepreneurs who want to startup, grow and be successful in business.

Keynote Speaker

Ja-nae Duane
Co-Author of “The Start-Up Equation”

Ja-nae Duane

For over 20 years, Ja-Naé Duane focused on one mission: make life better for as many people as possible. This award-winning innovator has done that by focusing on revolutionary ideas and develop programs that impact our world. Currently, Ja-Naé is the co-founder of The Revolution Factory, a global network that enables innovation ecosystems in corporations, governments, and universities. This co-author of the bestseller, “The Startup Equation,” excels at innovation strategy, connecting CSR with innovation efforts, and open innovation that connects with startups. She has had the pleasure of working with companies such as Samsonite, Constant Contact, Natixis, John Hancock, and AIG. Ja-Naé is on faculty at Northeastern University, Emerson College, Clark University, and is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross.


11:30 - 12:00pm - Registration, Networking, and lunch

12:00pm - 12:55pm - Keynote address & Q&A

1:00pm - 1:55pm - Workshop Session I

(Three to choose from - select when registering)

1. Other people’s money: A guide to fundraising, crowdsourcing, and finding equity capital to start or expand your business.


2. Partnerships, LLCs, and ESOPs, oh my: What’s the best way to set up your company?


3. Mine. Mine. Mine: How to protect your ideas with patents and trademarks.


2:00pm - 2:55pm - Workshop Session II

(Three to choose from - select when registering)

1. You can’t do it yourself: Innovative ways to recruit and hiring rules to keep you out of trouble.


2. Show me the money: What investors and banks looking for.


3. To market, to market What you need to know about shipping, logistics, and exports.


3:00pm - 4:15pm - 10 Best Ideas for entrepreneurs and new ventures: A panel discussion with Maine CEOs who will share their experience of what works and what didn't work for them in their startup experience.


Betsy Biemann, CEI


Sean Sullivan, Maine Brewers Guild and founder of Buoy Local

Becky McKinnell, iBec Creative

Bill Keleher, Kennebec River Biosciences

Allison Lakin, Lakin's Gorges Cheese LLC.

David Stone, Forager

4:15pm - 6:00pm - Networking reception

More workshop speakers to be announced




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