November 7, 2011 | last updated December 2, 2011 5:49 pm

Pitch contest awards financing

A handful of Maine businesses won a total of $150,000 in funding and services in the Juice conference's business-plan pitch contest on Saturday.

About 65 companies entered the competition, which included one contest for scalable business models to win $100,000 in convertible debt, and a second contest offering $25,000 in flexible debt financed by Coastal Enterprises Inc. The funding went to the following companies:

  • $100,000 convertible note: Newfield Design Inc. of Newfield, for software to facilitate two-way radio communication;
  • $25,000 flexible debt: A tie between Evergreen Home Performance of Rockland for home energy-efficiency solutions, and Alternative Rock of Union, which makes concrete kitchen and bath tabletops with unique inlays. CEI agreed to provide financing to both.

Five winners each were awarded $5,000 cash/in-kind services:

  • Cerahelix of Orono, for DNA coating for ceramic water-filtration systems;
  • Atayne of Brunswick, for non-toxic exercise apparel;
  • Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. of Belfast, for microbrewed canned beer;
  • Turtle Love Co. of Portland, maker of artisanal jewelry;
  • Everyman Repertory Theatre of Rockport, a nonprofit professional theater company.

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