Why Greenlight Maine? 

Greenlight Maine is the best platform for entrepreneurs from around the Maine business community to expose, promote and expand their businesses. The television and social media audience is like no other offered in the state. There have been contestants who don’t win the $100,000 cash prize, but still gain so much financially based on the exposure alone.

The contestants pitch their businesses in front of an encouraging panel of business leaders who serve as judges. The judges are committed to helping the entrepreneurs develop and expand with the shared goal of growing Maine’s economy. Each contestant has an opportunity to work with a mentor. 

Greenlight Maine is a proven networking opportunity for all of the business leaders involved with the show as either mentors or judges. Some run similar companies and take the opportunity to forge relationships to overcome any market challenges they may face, which ultimately makes their own companies stronger.

Finally, the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, Maine Technology Institute, and Bangor Savings Bank play a vital role rewarding the cash prize and often work diligently to follow up and work with these small businesses that will serve as the backbone of Maine’s economy.

Greenlight Maine’s Impact

  • Five seasons completed by June of 2020
  • 132 shows aired statewide with over 150 different companies pitching ideas
  • Over 200 judges representing all sectors of the Maine business community
  • Over $25 million invested in companies that have appeared on the show
  • Two seasons of Greenlight Maine’s Collegiate Edition highlighting 26 student entrepreneurs from 10 Maine colleges
  • Judge/mentors connected to all companies to help them scale their business
  • Statewide audience on both NBC stations right after “Meet the Press”: the most highly sought business demographic 
  • Growing number of angel investors tuning in to vet companies for investment purposes
  • Strong support from government agencies, Maine Technology Institute, Maine Department of Economic & Community Development and FAME Maine

Greenlight Maine’s history timeline

September 2016 Greenlight Maine launches inaugural season with its first 26 contestants 
June 2016 Garbage to Garden wins $100k cash prize and immediately expands operations growing the company into profitability
February 2017 Greenlight Maine receives first Emmy nomination
June 2017 Bluet wins Season 2 $100k cash prize and increases production to meet the needs of a growing demand for the product
July 2017 Julene Gervais becomes host of Season 3 of Greenlight Maine
February 2018Greenlight Maine receives second Emmy nomination
June 2018North Spore wins the $100k cash prize and uses funds to expand its physical plant allowing an increase in production and expansion of its client base
October 2018Greenlight Maine ramps up mentor rounds with a pitch-off competition for semi-finalists
March 2019Greenlight Maine adds inaugural College Series with 10 students from Maine colleges and universities 
June 2019Ocean’s Balance wins the $100k cash prize, is featured in Forbes and the NY Times and is preparing for an angel-investor round of funding

KinoTek wins the $25k college prize, is showcased at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco and makes it to the top 20 of TechStars Sports Tech Accelerators

May 2020Finale for Season 5 held at Gracie Theater in Bangor, awarding a $125k cash prize

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