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Join Us For The Greenlight Maine Live Finale!

Chimani, Garbage to Garden and Revolution Research will go head to head for the grand prize of $100,000 in cash!

The Merrill Auditorium, Portland on Friday, June 24 at 6:00 PM
Tickets can be purchased at
Portix and at the Merrill Box Office

Tune into Greenlight Maine every Saturday Following Bill Green's Maine
on WCSH6 and WLBZ2 at 7:30 EST!

Your Business Could Become A Season Two Competitor!

Enter Your Pitch For 2016!

Greenlight Maine is excited to offer a chance for Maine companies to compete for a chance at a prize purse of $100,000, for a second year! This is an incredible opportunity for Maine’s entrepreneurs to participate in a statewide business pitch competition, whose semi-finalists will be filmed in July 2016 for airing on TV this fall and the chance to win the $100k.

More than just another contest, it’s a program with a mission: “Greenlight Maine is a statewide collaboration of entrepreneurial catalysts and corporate leaders, designed to promote and mentor the development and growth of business in our great state. Via all forms of media and live events, Greenlight Maine will highlight the unique, creative, and inspirational activity that is being generated by small businesses as well as encourage investments to grow Maine’s economy…one dream at a time.”

Here’s how you can join this effort:
  • March 29 to April 30: Submit your pitch video via our custom “Test My Pitch” site.
  • June 1: Up to 52 quarter finalists will be announced based on video submissions. To qualify you must be available to pitch in-person at the GreenLight Maine pitch event on Saturday June 25th in Portland, Maine as part of Maine Startup & Create Week.
  • June 25th: 9AM - 2 PM live pitch-off where 26 semi-finalists will be selected to compete on the Greenlight Maine television. Announcements will be made by 5 PM Monday June 27th. To qualify you must be available to film the television show in Bangor during a 4 hour block of time between July 11th and July 19th.
  • July 11th to July 19nd: Semi-finalists will compete on camera in 1 vs. 1 pitch offs on the Greenlight Maine Show for airing in the Fall of 2016 (note: no competition on Saturday and Sunday).
So to start, all you need to do is:
  1. Record a 3 to 5 minute pitch about your business
  2. Upload it to your favorite online video hosting site (Youtube is recommended)
  3. Figure out how to share the link to your video by copying the “Embed Code”
  4. Sign up for a free Test My Pitch account at the special site for Maine Startup and Create Week then follow instructions to “Manage and Create Pitches”. (see below for short cuts).
Click on the link below to draft and post your pitch and to be a part of Greenlight Maine. Here’s an important note: in order for your pitch to be considered to advance to the quarter finals, you must be available to attend, in person, the following events:
  • The Quarter Final Pitch-Off: June 25th in Portland, Maine as part of Maine Startup & Create Week; AND,
  • The Semi-final Head-to-Head Contest: These will be held from July 11-19 not including the weekend. You’ll only need to be available for one 4 hour slot during those dates.
How Your Pitch Be Judged: Your pitch will be analyzed using the following criteria:
  • Scalability: The business’ ability to accommodate growth in revenue, employees, customers, market penetration, product offerings
  • Feasibility: Business model demonstrates improved sustainability over time; the business is likely to be around in five years in one form or another. Market size is big enough, competitive advantage is clear and sustainable, capital requirements are attainable, team expertise is sufficient to execute or attract necessary talent.
  • Innovation: Breakthrough idea or technology, solves a problem in a unique way
  • Presentation: Clear communication with clarity of concept, compelling story, persuasiveness, and a charismatic entrepreneur or team.
GO HERE TO TEST YOUR PITCH (or type http://glm.testmypitch.com/ into your web browser)

If you have questions on how to use the Test My Pitch platform you can visit their customer service site.

Test My Pitch Short Cut

The Test My Pitch site can help you identify important issues to think about including in your pitch. But if you’ve already gone ahead and recorded it, here is the short cut:
  • Once you’ve logged into the special Test My Pitch for Maine Startup and Create Week with your own account name and password, go to Member Home.
  • On the left, underneath where it asks What Do You Want To Do? click on Manage and Create Pitches
  • Click the “Create” button, on the next screen “Business Idea” button, then choose as a template PitchIt (these are your only options)
  • There are lots of questions to ask but only three are essential:
  1. What is your name and that of your venture? (Jane Smith, Big Maine Adventures)
  2. Where is your venture based (city/town and state)? (Searsport, Maine)
  3. The last question, “Are you available during these time slots?” (Yes - or if not, you shouldn’t be submitting)
  4. For all of the questions in between just type a single letter or number
  5. Then Save and Continue
  6. Then Save and Continue again
  • Now you should be on a screen that asks for a Video Embed Code. That’s where you paste the link to share your Youtube, Vimeo, Present.me or similar hosted video link.
  • Save and Continue - and you’re done!

Privacy

Since this pitch is to audition for a television show, you should expect that lots of people may see it. Please do not include anything that you wouldn’t want the whole world to know! Keeping that in mind, please do not set your account to “private” as the judges will not be able to see your pitch.
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26 Maine Entrepreneurs Compete For A $100,000 Cash Prize!

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Greenlight Maine is a statewide collaboration of entrepreneurial catalysts and corporate leaders, designed to promote and mentor the development and growth of business in our great state.

Via all forms of media and LIVE events, Greenlight Maine will highlight the unique, creative, and inspirational activity that is being generated by small businesses as well as encourage investments for - "Growing Maine...One Dream At A Time".

Prize money for Greenlight Maine is being provided by Maine Accelerates Growth through a grant by The Maine Community Foundation.
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Mentoring Episodes of Greenlight Maine Season #1 Broadcast Schedule

All Episodes Air At 7:30 (EST)
Saturday January 30 : Team AR w/ Chuck Benton
Sponsor: Bernstein Shur
Saturday February 6 : Good To Go w/ Jennifer Schism
Sponsor: LL Bean
Saturday Feb 13 : Revolution Research w/ Simin Khosravani
Sponsor: Hancock Lumber
Saturday February 20 : Finest Kind w/ Jay Lombard
Sponsor: Days Jewelers
Saturday February 27 : Garbage to Garden w/ Tyler Frank
Sponsor: Moody’s Collision Center
Saturday March 5 : Chimani w/ Shaun Meredith
Sponsor: Bangor Savings Bank
Saturday March 12 : Beltane Solar w/ Steve Musica
Sponsor: Central Maine Power
Saturday March 19 : STARC Systems w/ Chris MacKenzie
Sponsor: MEMIC
Saturday March 26 : Northern Maine Distillery w/ Scott Galbiati
Sponsor: Darling’s Auto
Saturday April 2 : MadGabs w/ Gabrielle Melchionda
Sponsor: Husson University
Saturday April 9 : Rapport IO w/ John Rooks
Sponsor: FAME
Saturday April 16 : MedRythms w/ Brian Harris
Sponsor: IDEXX
Saturday April 23 : ComposiMold w/ Stan Farrell
Sponsor: Don Foshay’s Tire and Alignment
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Contestant Match-Ups / Previous Broadcast Schedule (EST)

Saturday, September 12 : Bixby & Co vs. Good-To-Go
Sponsor: Bernstein Shur
Saturday, September 19 : Chimani vs. Double Blue Sports Analytics
Sponsor: L.L. Bean
Saturday, September 26 : OdiGo (ZeoMatrix) vs. Garbage to Garden
Sponsor: Hancock Lumber
Saturday, October 3 : Mad Gabs vs. HotTubes
Sponsor: Day's Jewelers

TWO WEEK BREAK
Saturday, October 24 : Casco Bay Butter vs. Finest Kind
Sponsor: Moody's Collision Centers
Saturday, October 31 : CourseStorm vs. Revolution Research
Sponsor: Bangor Savings Bank
Saturday,, November 7 : Flow Fold vs. ComposiMold
Sponsor: Central Maine Power
Saturday, November 21 : Cerahelix vs. Beltane Solar
Sponsor: MEMIC
Saturday, November 28 : MedRythms vs. RockStep Solutions
Sponsor: Darling's Auto
Saturday, December 5 : Rapport IO vs. Mingle Analytics
Sponsor: Husson University
Saturday, December 12 : Gimme Shelter vs. Starc Systems
Sponsor: FAME
Saturday, December 19 : Eagre Games vs. Team AR
Sponsor: IDEXX
Saturday, December 26 : Northern Maine Distilling vs. Blue Ox Malt
Sponsor: Don Foshay's Discount Tire and Alignment

Vote your wild card choice into the final event!

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