On March 6 at Thomas College in Waterville, the 13 semi-finalists for Season 5 of Greenlight Maine pitched their businesses to two panels of business professionals tasked with determining the three companies with the best qualifications to grow their businesses in Maine. Companies from across the state in cities and towns from Calais to Newfield brought their best and the judges had their work cut out for them to narrow the field to three. In the end, Erin Flett from Gorham, Humphrey’s Barbeque from West Newfield and i-Tell Alert from Winthrop curried the favor of the six judges and will go on to compete for the grand prize of $100,000 on May 17th at The Gracie Theater at Husson University in Bangor.
In January, students from Colby, Bates, University of New England, Thomas College, Husson University, the University of Maine at Orono and St. Joseph’s College brought their entrepreneurial ideas to the campus of Husson University in Bangor, where a jury of judges listened to 16 contestants pitch for a grand prize of $25,000. Once again, the judges were impressed with the great potential displayed by all of the students, but finally, EZ Eats of Bates, Ferda Farms of U. Maine Orono and Greenbait of the University of New England got the nod. These three will square off on May 17th at Husson as well.
Greenlight Maine is a television and internet series that is designed to highlight and encourage the growth of small businesses in Maine. Over the past 5 seasons, an estimated twenty-five million dollars have been invested in companies that have appeared on the show, which airs statewide on NewsCenter Maine Sunday mornings after Meet the Press.
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