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May 26, 2017

Top Gun regional business pitch finalists announced

Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development
Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development
The winners of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development's Top Gun semi-final events were announced after regional pitch-offs in Bangor, Lewiston/Auburn, Rockport and Portland.

The Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development and its partners announced the winners of the Top Gun Program's semi-final pitch events.

Partners in the program are the University of Maine, the Lewiston Auburn Economic Growth Council and MaineStream Finance. Participating entrepreneurs presented five-minute pitches to a panel of judges followed by a brief question-and-answer period. Scoring was based on presentation, innovation, scalability and feasibility.

The top two finishers in each location will participate in the Top Gun Showcase on June 7 and compete for a $10,000 cash prize sponsored by the Maine Technology Institute.

The winners were:

Bangor:

cityLIFE nature kits — Deanna Fahey, Mary Ellen McAlistar

GirlZone Fitness — Melissa Smith

Lewiston/Auburn:

Grojo — Jared Pinkham, Aaron Hasting, Brandon Bergman

Sofia Fima — Dianna Pozdniakov

Rockland:

Tempest in a Teapot — Tammy Smith

Herbal Revolution Farm and Apothecary — Katheryn Langelier

Portland:

Branding Compass — Emily Brackett

Thrivant Health — Michael Royals

Top Gun is an annual program for competitively selected entrepreneurs that combines mentoring with high-impact weekly gatherings held in Portland, Orono, Lewiston /Auburn and Rockland. Beginning with just a dozen entrepreneurs in Portland in 2009, Top Gun has now helped over 150 entrepreneurs across the state accelerate their businesses.

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