Targeting as many Maine colleges as wish to participate, we will produce 13 television shows in Season 5 highlighting the best full or part-time college students, who have a business idea in any stage of development; from a simple idea to a well constructed business plan. Those 13 shows, each pitting 2 college business ideas against one another, will be videotaped in the second week of January 2020 at NESCOM on the Husson University campus. The 13 semi-finalists established from that round would then square off in a non-televised pitch-off to determine the 3 best collegiate entrepreneurs. Those 3 finalists will then pitch off against one another in the Greenlight Maine Collegiate Finale to compete for the grand prize which in our pilot Season 4 was a package worth approximately $60,000.

Tentative List of Maine Colleges who may participate




College of the Atlantic

Husson Univ.

Maine College of Art

Maine Maritime

St. Joseph’s College

Maine Community Colleges

Thomas College


University of Maine

University of New England

University of Southern Maine

Establishing the 26 entrepreneurs who will pitch on the 13 shows

Each school will identify the best student submissions based on the criteria proposed below. Those 30 or more entrepreneurs will then need to be available to pitch off against a panel of independent judges. Those judges will have no affiliation with any Maine college, neither alum nor employment. For this round each student will only be identified by a number (no names-no college affiliations). Each presenter will make a 3 minute pitch followed by 10 minutes of Q & A from the panel of judges. Contestants must be enrolled in a Maine college for some part of the 2019/20 calendar year. Props and powerpoint will be allowed in this round. The judges will be using the following criteria on which to determine the 26 final contestants for Season 5 Collegiate Challenge.

Scalability – 20%

Feasibility – 20%

Overall Quality of Business Idea – 20%

Innovation – 20%

Ability to keep Business in Maine – 20%

Collegiate Schedule & Contestants

Season 4

March 17th

10 AM on

Company: KinoTek
Contestants: Justin Hafner (CEO & Co-Founder)
School: UMaine
Sponsor: Maine & Co

Company: Zephyrus
Contestants: Patrick Breeding(CEO & Co-Founder) / David Holomakoff (COO)
School: UMaine
Sponsor: Maine & Co

March 24th

10 AM

Company: Ruggette
Contestants: Isabel Adler/Lily Hogan (Co-Founders)
School: Colby
Sponsor: W.S. Emerson

Company: Outdoorly
Contestants: Walker Griggs/Theo Satloff(Co-Founder)
School: Colby

March 31st

10 AM

Company: Rost
Contestants: Samuel Pratico (Founder)
School: Colby
Sponsor: FAME

Company: Floor
Contestants: Benjamin Nussbaum(Founder)
School: Bates
Sponsor: FAME

April 7th

10 AM

Company: Ferda Farms
Contestants: Max Burtis
School: UMaine
Sponsor: Vacationland Inn, Leanne Hewey, Managing Partner

Company: Martin Stream Campground
Contestants: Zachary Vanier(Founder/CEO) / Kathleen Edwards (Filling in)
School: CMMC

April 14th

10 AM

Company: RentScore
Contestants: Steve Doman & John Peters(Co-Founders)
School: UMaine
Sponsor: Bangor Savings Bank

Company:  Unforseen Globetrotting
Contestants: Brianna Keliehor(Founder)
School: SMMC


April 21st

10 AM

Collegiate Finale

April 28th

10 AM

Regular Season Finale