Thank you for your interest in being a contestant on Greenlight Maine.
To apply, please complete the form. Part of the application process is submitting a video pitch. We ask that you create a video presentation, upload it to YouTube and include the link in the specified field below. We stress that it is NOT the quality of the video that should concern you but the quality of your business and pitch presentation. The video should be between 3 to 5 minutes.
The application must be the original work of the applicant. You must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity, or other rights of any person or entity. Applicants who have been semi-finalists in past Greenlight Maine seasons (those who did not make it to the final 13 contestants) are not eligible. Please read full entry rules at the bottom of this page.
Non-profits are welcome to apply.
Once we close the application period, a panel of 5 judges is convened to view all applications and determine which 26 get the “greenlight” to appear in the series. The series is filmed in the second week of July over 7 days at the New England School of Communications (NESCom) on the Bangor campus of Husson University.
Each show features 2 companies, pitching one at a time, to a panel of three judges. The pitches are confined to 3 minutes with a 2 to 3-minute Q&A. At this stage, powerpoint is accepted on a limited basis and physical product and signage are encouraged. We prefer single-person pitches but are willing to accommodate 2 people if necessary. We realize that pitching in this time frame is very challenging, so each presenting company will get a minimum of 5 minutes off-camera after its pitch to answer additional questions from the judges and expand their presentation. At this time, another member of your team will be allowed to help answer questions, if so desired.
From this initial pitch series, 13 finalists will be chosen to compete in an off-line ( i.e., not televised) pitch competition in the fall in front of three judges, who will score them on a numerical system in 5 categories; Scalability, Feasibility, Overall Quality, Innovation, Ability to Stay in Maine.
From this semi-final round, three companies will be chosen to appear in the Grande Finale for the $100,000 cash prize. This pitch-off will be broadcast in either late March or early April. It must be understood that all winners must be able to attend all taping dates as established or forfeit their opportunity to advance.
Thank you and good luck!
The Fine Print
Void Where Prohibited or Restricted by Law: All federal, state and local regulations apply to the Contest. The Contest is void in any Country, or Federal or State jurisdiction where it is prohibited by law or regulation.Contest and Official Rules Subject to Modification by Greenlight Maine: The Contest and these Official Rules are subject to modification, cancellation, or limitation at Greenlight Maine’s sole discretion, with or without notice, including to persons who have already entered the Contest. All changes or modification of the Contest or these Official Rules will be posted on this Website.
General Conditions of Participation in This Contest: Except where prohibited by law, all entries that are selected as one of the finalists permit Greenlight Maine and its affiliates to use, without notice or further compensation, worldwide and in perpetuity in any and all forms of media, now known and hereafter devised, such winner’s name, likeness, pictures, photographs, voice, biographical information, and statements for purposes of advertising, trade, promotion, and publicity. Once submitted, all entries, not just those of the finalists, will not be returned.
Disqualification: Greenlight Maine reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it (or its authorized designee hosting the Website) finds to be: (i) tampering with the entry process or otherwise tampering with the operation of the Contest, the Website, or any web page or web banner ad related to the Contest; (ii) acting in violation of the Official Rules; (iii) acting in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, harass, harm, mislead, or defraud any other individual or entity; or (iv) otherwise in violation of law as solely determined by Greenlight Maine. Any person attempting to defraud Greenlight Maine or the other contestants or in any way tamper with the Contest will be ineligible to compete in the Contest or win the contest and Greenlight Maine may seek any and all remedies available to it, including, if appropriate, filing complaints with legal authorities.
Website or Contest Corruption: If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned or if in the sole discretion of Greenlight Maine, the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest is corrupted or adversely affected, Greenlight Maine reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest.
Limitation of Liability: Greenlight Maine is not responsible or liable for entries that are illegible, late, forged, destroyed, lost, misplaced, stolen, misdirected, tampered with, incomplete, deleted, damaged, garbled, altered, or otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules, whether caused by Greenlight Maine, the entrant, or anyone else.
Entrants’ Own Work: Your submission must be entirely your (or in the case of a team effort, your team’s) own original creation and must not infringe upon or violate any laws or any rights of third parties, including, but not limited to, such violations as infringement of copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary or property right, libel, defamation, violation of rights of privacy, publicity, personality or celebrity, or any contract right, or any other right of any individual, corporation or entity. Entrants must obtain all necessary permissions, licenses, clearances, releases, waivers of moral rights and other approvals from third parties (including but not limited to all copyright holders and all individuals appearing in a video submission), necessary to use the submission, in whole or in part, in any way, including without limitation, to reproduce, make derivatives, edit, modify, translate, distribute, transmit, publish, license and broadcast worldwide, by any means. Any and all such permission, licenses, clearances, releases, waivers of moral rights and approvals must be provided to Greenlight Maine upon its request. Greenlight Maine shall not be responsible to a third-party for any entrant’s failure to comply with this provision, and each entrant agrees to indemnify Greenlight Maine for any such claim.
Affidavit & Release: As a condition of winning you may be required to execute and deliver to Greenlight Maine a signed Affidavit of Eligibility, which includes an acceptance of these Official Rules and a release of liability.
Notice to Winners: As a condition of winning, you will be asked to use the funds solely to fund the business described in your Entry Form. Greenlight Maine reserves the right to contact the winner on a regular basis for a period of one year to check on status and will ask for a summary at the end of the year as to how well the funding met the expectations of the application. Items within this summary may be published by Greenlight Maine.
Release and Waiver: By entering the Contest, each entrant irrevocably agrees and acknowledges to be bound by the Official Rules and all applicable laws and decisions of Greenlight Maine which are final and binding in all respects; to forever and irrevocably waive all of his/her rights to claim ambiguity with respect to the Official Rules and to waive all of his/her rights to bring any claim, action, or proceeding against Greenlight Maine in connection with the Contest; and to forever and irrevocably release, indemnify, and hold harmless Greenlight Maine and its respective officers, directors, employees, or agents including outside attorneys, shareholders, representatives, successors, and assigns (collectively the “Releasees”) from any liability (including, but not limited to, liability for defamation, libel, slander, invasion of privacy, infringement of publicity or any intellectual property rights, any property loss, damage, personal injury, bodily injury, death, expense, accident, delay, inconvenience or irregularity, and any indirect, incidental, consequential, special, punitive or exemplary damages of any kind, even if the Releasees have been advised of the possibility of such loss or damages), costs and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable outside attorneys’ fees) that may arise from, result from, or are in connection with: (a) the Contest including, but not limited to, any Contest-related activity or element thereof and the entrant’s entry, participation, or inability to participate in the Contest (b) the violation of any privacy, personal, publicity or proprietary rights; (c) typographical errors in these Official Rules or any Contest promotional materials; (d) any change in the prizing (or any components thereof) due to unavailability, business or creative considerations, or due to reasons beyond Greenlight Maine’s control or as otherwise permitted in these Official Rules; (e) any interruptions in or postponement, cancellation, or modification of the Contest; (f) human error; (g) incorrect or inaccurate transcription, receipt, or transmission of any part of the Contest entry; (h) any system, computer timing and/or dating mechanism, computer equipment, software, or Internet service provider utilized by Greenlight Maine or by an entrant; (i) interruption or inability to access the Contest, the Website, or any other Contest-related web pages or any online service via the internet due to hardware or software compatibility problems; (j) any damage to entrant’s (or any third person’s) computer and/or its contents related to or resulting from any part of the Contest; (k) any lost/delayed data transmissions, omissions, interruptions, defects, and/or any other destroyed, incomplete, undeliverable or damaged Contest Entries; (l) any wrongful, negligent, or unauthorized act or omission on the part of Greenlight Maine, or any of its agents or employees; or (m) the selection by Greenlight Maine or its advisors of the finalists.