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2021 Next List Honorees

The Mainebiz Next List, presented annually since 2013, was originally designed to highlight the people who were changing Maine’s economy and who were on the rise. Some of them were on the young side, but not all. It was more about the energy and vision a person was bringing to a project.

This year, Mainebiz presents seven leaders who are carving out new territory.

Like a lot of businesspeople in the past 18 months, they’ve had their ups and downs. But how they responded is also a big part of why they’re being honored.

The seven 2021 Nexters, from diverse industries, backgrounds and parts of the state, are doing more than changing Maine's economy. They're changing Maine.

Next 2021

  • Trevor Kenkel
    Trevor Kenkel
    Founder and President, Springworks Farm
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  • Sascha Deri
    Sascha Deri
    Founder and CEO, bluShift Aerospace Inc.
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  • Lisa Sockabasin
    Lisa Sockabasin
    Director of Programs and External Affairs, Wabanaki Public Health & Wellness
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  • Mike Mwenedata
    Mike Mwenedata
    Founder and CEO, Rwanda Bean Co.
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  • Amy VanHaren
    Amy VanHaren
    Founder and CEO, Pumpspotting
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  • Garvan Donegan
    Garvan Donegan
    Director of Planning, Innovation and Economic Development, Central Maine Growth Council
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  • Luke Holden
    Luke Holden
    Founder and CEO, Luke's Lobster
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