Title: Kate McAleer; Founder
Bio: Bixby & Co. is an artisan confectionery producer founded in 2011 to produce and sell unique natural candy bars, which consist of Kate’s creative formulas of organic chocolate + nuts + dried fruits + spices. The first Bixby Bars were developed after experimentation and trial and error in the family kitchen and are currently sold across the country in over 1000 specialty and natural food stores.
Title: Joel Alex; Maltser, Founder
Bio: Blue Ox Malthouse supports Maine agriculture and pushes the possibilities of craft beer with locally sourced, quality malts. Until this year, Maine brewers and distillers had to import all their grain ingredients. Blue Ox Malthouse is helping breweries keep their business in state and allowing consumers to access locally brewed and sourced beers. An Old Town Maine native, founder Joel Alex runs the company with his business partner Steve Culver and two full time employees.
Title: Sascha Deri; CEO
Bio: Based in Brunswick, bluShift is developing a rocket that uses a proprietary high-performance, bio-fuel to launch the growing market of tiny satellites, called CubeSats, into space at half the cost of the current competition. The company is currently in the R&D stage of optimizing its rocket engine technology. It plans to launch a sub-scale, demonstration version of its Red Dwarf rocket by the end of 2019.
Title: Bill Benson; Executive Director
Bio: Boots2Roots is bridging the gap from serving our country to strengthening Maine communities, by working exclusively with active duty military members and their families who are transitioning to Maine. Boots2Roots is proving the hypothesis that early, personalized preparation and networking will enable Maine’s newest active duty veterans to hit the ground running and provide significant contributions to Maine’s workforce development goals!
Title: Daniel Finnemore; Owner
Bio: Box of Maine is an online mail order business where we package the essence of Maine into a convenient gift box and ship them all over the world. Our customers build their own unique boxes filled with items like Wild Maine Blueberry Jam, Chocolate Whoopie Pies, Moxie Soda, Humpty Dumpty BBQ Chips, Maple Syrup and more. “You pick it, we’ll ship it” “Bring Maine back to your front door!
Title: Kerry Gallivan; Founder, CEO
Bio: Based in Portland, Maine, Chimani has become a leading developer of mobile apps for the outdoors. Chimani is developing a portfolio of mobile app destination guides targeted at transforming the national park and other outdoor recreation experiences. Chimani’s apps enable visitors to better plan, discover, navigate and socialize during their outdoor experiences. Destination guides are available for the top 18 most-visited U.S. National Parks including Acadia, Yosemite, and Yellowstone.
Title: David Joseph; Co-Founder / Chairman & Simplified Sales Tax Evangelist
Bio: DAVO Technologies has solved a painful friction point for many small and medium sized businesses, sales tax compliance. The patented DAVO SALES TAX app automatically sets a merchants sales tax aside daily and files and pays it when it is due. Once a merchant downloads DAVO they forget about sales tax forever. DAVO is partnered with First Data/Clover, Square, Revel, Poynt & Intuit/Quickbooks Online and currently manages sales tax for over 1500 merchants in all 46 states that have sales tax.
Title: Chuck Carter; Founder
Bio: Eagre Games is based in Orono, developing non-violent real-time immersive games that appeal to a very wide spectrum of players. Over the last 3 years a huge, unpopulated niche has opened up. Eagre plans on filling it with compelling and beautiful games designed around great stories. Eagre’s first video game – ZED – is a real time exploration game based around exploring numerous worlds to find ZED, a mysterious character who’s disappeared. This is the first of their games and will be followed with Curio, which has been in development for the last two years. Chuck Carter has been working in the video game industry for 23 years. His first game was the popular game Myst followed by 25 additional games including numerous triple A titles like the Command and Conquer and Red Alert franchises.
Title: Amanda O’Brien & Alex Denniston; Owner & Winemaker
Bio: Eighteen twenty wines is a company in Portland, Maine that makes wine with Maine-sourced rhubarb. The rhubarb for the varieties of wine is grown by Maine farmers. There is no grape involved in our wine-making process. We celebrate Maine, farmers, and drinking good wine with good people. Cheers!
Title: Jillian Robillard; Owner, Operator
Bio: Southern Maine Crabs LLC/ Green Bait is working on an alternative form of lobster bait called Green Bait. Green Bait utilizes the invasive green crab species as a source of lobster bait while offering lobstermen incentives to sell green crabs and use Green Bait. Green Bait will not only clean up oceans, promote healthy regeneration of shellfish stocks, and provide lobstermen with a cheaper bait alternative, but will also save thousands of jobs in Maine.
Title: Katheryn Langelier; Founder, CEO
Bio: My name is Katheryn Langelier and I’m the owner, formulator and farmer at Herbal Revolution Farm & Apothecary. I have a MOFGA certified organic farm and herbal business located in beautiful mid-coast Maine where I use herbs and vegetables that I grow, wild harvest and locally source to create tea blends, elixir, tonics and shrubs, which is a concentrated drinking vinegar.
In 2010 Herbal Revolution sprouted from 20 years of studying herbal medicine and my passion for sustainable organic farming, food security, environmental education, health and wellness and preventative care. I’ve spent my whole life exploring Maine’s various ecosystems while learning and working with plants that grow throughout the state. Therefore, I take great pride in creating healing products that reflect the incredible bounty of wild edibles and medicinal plants that grow in Maine while highlighting and supporting our small Maine organic farms and the beautiful natural Maine resources.
As an herbalist, formulator and gardener I offer and create products that I see a need for in my community. In our fast paced, high stress world supporting vitality and immune health is essential. Herbal Revolution creates products that support and nourish whole body wellness and vitality using high quality organic ingredients to create delicious products that can be used in our everyday lives.
Title: Cathy Billings; Founding Member
Bio: Lobster Unlimited, LLC finds innovative uses for lobster components currently discarded as waste at lobster processing plants. The company is tapping into the lobsters’ unique biological properties to develop products that will add value to an already successful and sustainable lobster catch. It has two brands: LobsterRx which focuses on cosmetic and pharmaceutical applications; and LobsteR which develops products from its specially processed lobster shell. The company holds a patent on its LobsteRx healing cream, and has several patents pending. It was founded in 2012 and is based in Orono, Maine
Lobster Unlimited, LLC finds innovative uses for lobster components currently discarded as waste at lobster processing plants. The company is tapping into the lobsters’ unique biological properties to develop products that will add value to an already successful and sustainable lobster catch. It has two brands: LobsteRx, which focuses on cosmetic and pharmaceutical applications; and Lobster Recycled, which develops products from custom processed lobster shells. The company holds a patent on its LobsteRx healing cream, and has several patents pending. It was founded in 2012 and is based in Orono, Maine.
Title: Gabrielle Melchionda; Founder, Maestra
Bio: Gabrielle began making lip balm (on a whim!) in her mother’s kitchen in 1991. What began as a hobby from the trunk of her car evolved into a 24-year old company selling natural and organic body care to customers around the world. Today , Mad Gab’s is poised for growth with two decades of learning behind them, amazing products for all ages, and unmistakably original packaging. (Proudly, Made in the USA)
Title: Margo Walsh; Founder
Bio: MaineWorks provides outstanding, immediate labor to clients across multiple industries in the states of Maine and New Hampshire including: construction, manufacturing, production, roadwork, and many more. Our employees come from all over the United States and face real barriers to employment. When you hire MaineWorks, you are hiring employees thankful for the opportunity to work and to make a better life for themselves and for their families.
Title: Märgen Soliman; President
Bio: MugBuddyCookies handcrafts whimsical 3-D cookies that sit on a mug’s rim. Incredibly unique, we elevate cookies from a snack to an experience, allowing us to fill an untapped niche in the specialty food and gift markets.
Title: Dr. Samir Haydar; CEO
Bio: Established in October of 2017 by an Emergency Physician and a healthcare IT Executive, navigatER®, llc is a healthcare innovation start-up focused on improving the patient experience through the creation of transparent healthcare environments. By combining the knowledge base of frontline medical providers with information technology innovations, the company’s mission is to create essential healthcare solutions for medical providers and their patients.
Title: Michele Gilfoil; Founder
Bio: Planet Botanicals partners with organic growers around the world to source fresh, high-quality plant-based ingredients and creates luxurious all-natural skincare products. Our new Maine Seaweed Beauty collection is made with sustainably harvested Maine Seaweed and artisan made locally in Westbrook, Maine. We are committed to producing the highest quality natural skin care products that are healthy for the skin, free of harmful chemicals and that keep skin looking its best.
Title: Thom Labrie; President
Bio: Shelter +⁷, Inc. offers an exceptionally high performance, economic and Green building system for the residential and commercial sectors. Using 21st-century technology, know-how, and materials, this system was designed to provide owners with the seven vital performance and value benefits required to perform in a true 21st-century caliber manner.
Title: Spencer Wood; Founder, CEO
Bio: Tip Whip is the world’s first ride-sharing mobile app exclusively focused on college student safety. We want every college student to get home safely regardless of how much money they have in their pockets. There are no fees for rides but tips for good service are encouraged.
Title: Tobey Tozier; Founder
Bio: The first all-in-one transgender transition tracking app. Transcapsule offers an easy and secure way for transgender people to document their transitions and track the effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) over time.
Title: Artie Mingo, Founder
Bio: Wreaths for Hope is an organization that raises money through the sales of balsam ribbon wreaths to support funding for local and national programs. Our purpose is to partner with large and small foundations and organizations to help raise money and bring awareness to their important initiatives. Wreaths for Hope was created with the understanding of the ribbon symbol, which has become synonymous with so many causes.
Title: Frank Ferrel; Co-Owner
Bio: Zen Bear Honey Tea is a family business based in Brunswick, Maine. We take the age-old tradition of adding honey to tea and turn it around. We put the tea in the honey. Our signature product is a line of healthy herb-infused honey. Simply add a teaspoon of Zen Bear Honey Tea to a cup of hot water and enjoy; no tea bags, no steeping, 14 flavors to choose from.
Title: Nate Barr; Founder, CEO
Bio: Zootility is a maker shop. We design knives, multi-tools, and everyday gadgets. Everything from design to manufacturing to distribution is done at our custom workshop in Portland, Maine. Laser-cutters, laser-etchers, and a skilled team are going 12 hours a day to bring our products to life. We also provide the same production services to others with next day delivery.