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June 22, 2015

Greenlight Maine names 44 quarterfinalists to vie for $100,000 prize in entrepreneur contest

Image / Courtesy of Greenlight Maine
Image / Courtesy of Greenlight Maine

Greenlight Maine, an upcoming weekly TV show in which Maine entrepreneurs can vie to win a minimum prize of $100,000, said it has named 44 quarterfinalists that will compete to move on to the next stage of the competition, where they will be pared to 26 semifinalists.

"The applicants were really high quality and there were a really high number of them for a short period," Jess Knox, founder of Maine Startup & Create Week, told Mainebiz. "We're really excited about the geographic reach of the companies, from Kittery and Berwick to Madawaska and Caribou." Entrants had to be Maine residents, he said.

Knox told Mainebiz earlier that the quarterfinalists will pitch in person on June 27 in Portland during Maine Startup & Create Week, which started Monday.

The final 26 will then move on to the TV show, which will be in a format similar to ABC's "Shark Tank." It will launch on WCSH6 and WLBZ2 on Sept. 12 and run through 2016.

Among the quarterfinalists is Portland-based Rapport IO, a sustainability software company that recently won the Top Gun Showcase $10,000 prize and was selected as a semifinalist in a regional cleantech business competition.

There were 86 total entries, Knox said. The entries came via initial registration on GreenlightMaine.com and subsequent online and live casting call events.

Greenlight Maine partnered with Knox, Blackstone Accelerates Growth and Don Gooding, executive director of Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, for the initial selection process.

Greenlight Maine is the brainchild of Portland Media Group, a custom content and production company founded by Brian Corcoran, who also is president of Shamrock Sports & Entertainment; Nat Thompson, former president of Maine Radio and Television Co. and former owner/producer at WCSH6; and Con Fullam, an executive TV producer and music composer.

Here is Greenlight Maine's list of 44 quarterfinalists:

Beltane Solar, founded by Steve Musica, Brunswick

Bevy, founded by Greg Thayer, Portland

Bixby & Co., founded by Kate McAleer, Rockland

Blue Ox Malthouse, founded by Joel Alex, Lisbon Falls

Casco Bay Butter, founded by Alicia Menard and Jennell Carter, Scarborough

Cerahelix, founded by Susan MacKay, Orono

Chimani, founded by Kerry Gallivan, Portland

Composimold, founded by Stan Farrell, Manchester

Course Storm, founded by Matt James, Orono

Cupie, founded by Bill Ernst, Camden

DemerBox, founded by James Demer and Jayson Lobozzo, Portland

Double Blue Sports Analytics, founded by Dan Kerluke, Orono

Downeast Dayboat, founded by Togue Brawn, Portland

Eagre Interactive, founded by Chuck Carter, Orono

Easy Buckle, founded by Michael Doyle, Falmouth

Finest Kind Tea, founded by Jay Lombard, Portland

Flow Fold, founded by Charley Friedman, Portland

Fluid Farms, founded by Tyler Gaudet and Jackson McLeod, Portland

Garbage to Garden, founded by Kendall Hinkley, Portland

Gimme Shelter, founded by Rosie Curtis, Camden

Good To-Go, founded by Jennifer Scism, Kittery

Hot-Tubes, founded by Bill Zelman, South Portland

KindHarvest, founded by Michael Duffy, South Portland

Lakonia Greek Products, founded by Melissa Rioux, from Saco

Mad Gabs, founded by Gabrielle Melchionda, Westbrook

Maine Makers Crate, founded by Nicole Crandall, Portland

MedRhythms, founded by Owen McCarthy, from Cape Elizabeth

Memory Lane, founded by Alban Maino, Portland

Mingle Analytics, founded by Daniel Mingle, Paris

Northern Maine Distilling Co., founded by Scott Galbiati, Brewer

PakPod, founded by Steve Underwood, Orono

Pemaquid Mussel Farm, founded by Carter Newell, Damariscotta

Rapport IO, founded by John Rooks, Portland

Revolution Research, founded by Alexander Chasse, Orono

RockStep Solutions, founded by Chuck Donnelly, Bar Harbor

Saco River Dyehouse, founded by Claudia Raessler, Biddeford

Sensible Smiles, founded by Joann Moulton, Hanover

Sephone Interactive Media, founded by Kelly Cotiaux, Bangor

STARC Systems, founded by Chris MacKenzie, Brunswick

Team AR, founded by Chuck Benton, Brunswick

Tip Whip, founded by Spencer Wood, Old Town

Wanu, founded by Jordan Nathan, (location unspecified)

Wicked Water Graphics, founded by Dave Kelso, Madawaska

Zeomatrix, led by Emma Wilson, Orono

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