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April 19, 2022

10 entrepreneurs to pitch their new products at Bangor showcase event

people and bottles at booth Courtesy / UpStart Maine Timberwolves BBQ Sauce was one of 10 entrepreneurs featured at last year’s inaugural Maine Innovation Nights.

Bloody Mary mixers, donated computers, drones and ghee are just some of 10 new products to be featured in a public showcase next week of Bangor-area entrepreneurs.

UpStart Maine, a coalition of regional entrepreneur-support programs and organizations, will host Maine Innovation Nights on April 26 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Challenger Center in Bangor.

The semiannual event, modeled after Mass Innovation Nights in Boston, aims to help local entrepreneurs attract more visibility for their products and connects members of the state’s innovation community. 

Selected through a competitive process, participating businesses promote their new products or services in an open showcase and pitch presentation. Audience members vote for the Best Pitch awardee, and the event is promoted heavily on social media.

At next week's event, UpStart Maine will also recognize the 2022 Most Exciting Startup awardee. 

“Marketing is a challenge, whether you’re just starting or have been in business for 10 years, and Maine Innovation Nights jumpstarts product launch campaigns in a really unique way by harnessing both in-person connection and social media to get the word out,” Corey Zimmerman, founder and CEO of WanderWeb and chair of the UpStart Events Committee, said in a news release.

The 10 entrepreneurs are: 

  • A** Over Teakettle, Cornville — Bloody Mary mixers and specialty food products 
  • Attenex, Portland — online DIY market research tool for small businesses, guided by experts 
  • Awen, Portland — coaching program for families and partners impacted by a loved one’s addiction 
  • Digitunity, Brewer — matches donated computers with recipients in need to eliminate the Technology Gap 
  • Drone Your Own, Belfast — online marketplace for drone pilots 
  • Flora Ex Machina, Blue Hill — royal ghee and holistic skincare line 
  • Slicpix, Dresden — marketing software platform with patented interactive image technology 
  • The Good Crust, Canaan — frozen pizza dough made of 100% freshly-milled Maine Grains 
  • The Milk Bottle, South Portland — cocktail and mocktail mixers in sustainable packaging 
  • TrustedRentr, Milford — online tool that improves and simplifies the application and screening process for tenants and landlords. 

Each entrepreneur will receive customized mentorship in order to take advantage of the marketing and networking opportunities offered by the event. 

John Fuhrman, owner of spice rub company Bub & Mutha’s, said he found value in participating in the inaugural Maine Innovation Nights in 2021. 

“Seeing people come in and try our products, talk about our businesses and mingle with other area small business leaders provided yet more confidence that starting a company in Downeast Maine would have all the support and knowledge that would rival any big city,” he said. 

Maine Innovation Nights is a free event open to the public, with sponsorship by the Maine Community Foundation, Maine Technology Institute, Bangor Savings Bank, Machias Savings Bank, LG&H Certified Public Accountants, Rudman Winchell, the city of Brewer, BNI, and Briggs Solutions for Business. 

For more information, to participate, and to reserve in-person or virtual tickets, click here.

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