Scalability / Feasibility / Quality / Innovation / Maine-Based

In an effort to invite and include as many applicants as possible GLM uses several methods of identifying potential candidates. The first being an open call on our website and through our social media outlets-Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

In this phase, applicants are encouraged to create a video presentation to be posted on YouTube with a link to our GLM email account. We stress that it is NOT the quality of the video that should concern you but the quality of your business and pitch presentation.

In addition to this call out, we solicit the suggestions of several entrepreneurial organizations across the state, Top Gun, SCORE, The Big Idea, MTI, and CEI, to name a few.  Once we receive their recommendations we reach out to those companies and encourage them to apply via the same video pitch presentation. These calls to action commence in early February and end in 2nd week of April.

At this point 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 2/3 minute Q&A.

At this stage, power point is accepted on a limited basis and physical product and signage is 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 judges questions and expand their presentation, at which time another member of your team will be allowed to help answer questions, if so desired.

From this initial series, 13 finalist will be chosen to compete in an off-line ( i.e., not televised) pitch competition sometime in the fall by 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 Grand 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.   

Bixby & Co.

Name: Kate McAleer
Title: Founder
E-mail: info@bixbyco.com
Website: https://bixbyco.com
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Bixby & Co. is an artisan confectionary 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.

Good To-Go

Name: Jennifer Scism & David Koorits
Title: Co-Founder
https://www.facebook.com/goodtogofoods?fref=ts
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Good To-Go is the first line of all natural dehydrated meals made for backpackers, campers, basically anyone on the go. Good To-Go creates lightweight gourmet meals that are easy to prepare, just add boiling water and in 20 minutes you have a delicious meal. We use all natural ingredients, low in sodium, with no preservatives or additives. A meal, just like you would make at home, with healthy vegetables, toasted and ground spices and stocks made from fresh ingredients……Real Food!

Chimani

Name: Kerry Gallivan
Title: Founder / CEO
Website: https://www.chimani.com/
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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.

Double Blue Sports Analytics


Name: Dan Kerluke
Title: Co-Founder / CEO
Website: http://doublebluesports.com/
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Double Blue Sports Analytics develops advanced video analysis technology to help coaches and athletes spend less time editing video and more time coaching, work from anywhere with cloud synched data, understand player performance and … win more games! We deliver cutting edge tools that will provide completely new perspectives on athletic performance!

Odigo

Name: Emma Wilson
Title: President
E-mail: lscali@oceansbalance.com
Website: http://www.zmtrx.com/
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Odigo is a University of Maine spin-off company founded in 2006 by Susan MacKay, Don MacKay, and Karl Bishop. The company’s core technology is a patented, odor-absorbing, paper coating, which they’re currently utilizing in a composting starter kit.

Garbage to Garden

Name: Kendall Hinkley
Title: Founder
Website: http://www.garbagetogarden.org/
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Garbage to Garden is a curbside composting service headquartered in Portland, ME that was founded in August 2012 by Tyler Frank. Garbage to Garden was founded to fulfill the mission to make household composting so accessible, clean, easy, and rewarding that everyone would compost. Frank started the business out of his East End apartment with 17 participating households and a pickup truck, and today the company services 7 towns including 1 in 7 curbside households in Portland.

Hot Tubes

Name: Bill Zelman
Title: Founder
Website: http://www.hot-tubes.com/
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Hot-Tubes launched through a Kickstarter campaign in 2014. They are proud to have partnered with a number great people and companies here in Maine from Kennebunk to Skowhegan that help build the unique Winter and Summer energy saving fans, and ship the products all over the world. The goal of Hot-Tubes is keeping people more comfortable in their homes, while lowering energy bills. When he’s not designing new socially responsible consumer products, Bill is a professional suburban homesteader living in South Portland, converting his yard into a smorgasbord of fruit and vegetables.

MadGabs

Name: Gabrielle Melchionda
Title: Founder
Website: http://www.madgabs.com/
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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)

Casco Bay Butter

Name: Alicia Menard & Jennell Carter
Title: Founders
Website: http://www.cascobaybutter.com/
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Casco Bay Butter makes all-natural artisan butters using cream from local dairy farmers. They slow-churn their butter in small batches and make over 20 flavors of compound butters. All of their butters are churned, crafted and packaged in Scarborough, Maine.

Finest Kind Mixers & Modifiers

Name: Jay Lombard
Title: Founder
Website: http://www.finestkindtea.com/
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Finest Kind Mixers & Modifiers are concentrated tea blends that can be prepared iced, hot, sparkling or used as a base for cocktails. The four flavors incorporate the four primary varieties of tea – black, green, herbal (hibiscus) and exotic (rooibos), while the name of each flavor incorporates a specific year in the history of tea or a major turning point in beverage consumption (e.g. Prohibition). Every one of our tea mixers is a carefully crafted infusion of elemental tastes, designed to bloom the instant they’re added to water or a favorite cocktail.

CourseStorm

Name: Matt James
Title: Founders
Website: http://www.coursestorm.com/
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Parents, rejoice! Signing your kids up for classes, camps, and activities is now painless thanks to CourseStorm for Kids. You no longer need to fuss with stamps and envelopes, call during business hours, or visit 8 different websites just to register your child. Instead, you can go to one website, find all local kids programming, and sign up using a single online account — all on your own schedule. It’s not just simple, it’s impossibly simple.

Revolution Research

Name: Alexander Chasse
Title: Founders
Website: http://www.revolutionresearchinc.com/
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Revolution Research Inc. is a research and product development company based out of Orono Maine. They focus on creating eco-friendly materials for the construction and packaging industries. The company was founded by Nadir Yildirim, a PhD candidate at UMaine, and Alexander Chasse, a civil engineering graduate from UMaine.

ComposiMold

Name: Michelle Miller/ Stan Farrell
Title: Co-Founder & CEO

Website: http://www.composimold.com/make-your-own-unique-molds-and-casting.html
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ComposiMold allows you to make your ideas into real materials. ComposiMold is a one part, reusable, mold making material that is the safest, most affordable, and easiest to use mold making material in the world. You can now make your ideas into plastic, concrete, soap, wax, and even chocolate. It makes real parts, really easy! Since its inception, the ComposiMold team has created over a dozen products which are now being sold online and in retail location worldwide.

Flowfold

Name: Charley Friedman & Nick Power
Title: Founder: Charles Friedman
Website: http://www.flowfold.com/
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Founded on an island in Maine, Flowfold builds gear to carry what you need in pursuit of the moment. Every item is handmade using the world’s strongest and lightest fabrics. We take pride in the quality of our workmanship and guarantee Flowfold products to last a lifetime.

Cerahelix

Name: Susan MacKay
Title: Founder
Website: http://www.cerahelix.com/
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Cerahelix combines DNA biotechnology and ceramic chemistry to create a ceramic filter that achieves ten times higher purity than current commercial ceramic filters. Susan has more than 20 years’ experience in materials science R&D and product development including 6 years at 3M.

Beltane Solar

Name: Steve Musica
Title: Founder
Website:
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Water scarcity has become the critical issue of this decade in the dry and sunny regions of the world. Beltane Solar was formed by engineers and business leaders who believe scalable, solar powered systems are the best way to provide water and energy for off-grid and rural areas. Their system combines recent innovations to produce low cost water for drinking and irrigation.

MedRhythms

Name: Owen McCarthy & Brian Harris
Title: CEO: Brian Harris /President: Owen McCarthy
Website: http://www.medrhythmstherapy.com/
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Brian and Owen started MedRhythms, LLC to expand the field of Neurologic Music Therapy and make these services accessible to all those who need it. MedRhythms is a neuro-rehab company that exists to restore the lives and quality of life of loved ones, which brain injury threatens to steal each year. They do this through world-class, life changing care for those afflicted by neurologic injury or disease, using the power of Neurologic Music Therapy.

Rockstep Solutions

Name: Chuck Donnelly
Title: Founder
Website: http://rockstepsolutions.com/
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RockStep Solutions develops advanced systems for biomedical research information. Our product is called Climb. Climb is a platform for data and discovery. Climb helps researchers work efficiently and gain knowledge from their scientific experiments as they step along the path to discovery of the cures for human diseases.

Rapport IO

Name: John Rooks & Justin Jaffee
Title: CEO & COO
Website: http://www.rapport.io/wp-admin/install.php
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The Rapport software platform helps small and midsized businesses understand, reduce and share their environmental impact. Companies on the platform gain valuable insights into their environmental impact, save money by reducing that impact, and easily comply with customer data request. Until now, the rewards of sustainability have been a luxury afforded only large companies with deep pockets. Rapport democratizes sustainability for millions of businesses around the world.

Mingle Analytics

Name: Dan Mingle
Title: Founder
Website: https://www.mingleanalytics.com/
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Mingle Analytics is an early stage company in the business of healthcare informatics. Mingle Analytics helps healthcare providers use Electronic Medical Records and other information systems to improve healthcare delivery and to comply with regulations. Mingle serves individual providers and practices of all sizes and specialty in all 50 States. Mingle uses innovative communication tools to support a remote workforce distributed throughout Maine and in 8 other States, allowing the company to grow and prosper in a rural setting.

Gimme Shelter

Name: Rosie Curtis
Title: Founder
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Gimme Shelter has been created to fill the huge need for a simple, durable and affordable housing solution for the 100 million homeless and the billion people living in shanty towns. They ship shelter kits than can be easily assembled and disassembled and customized to suit any climate or location.

STARC Systems

Name: Chris MacKenzie
Title: EVP
Website: http://www.starcsystems.com/
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Pyxie are Snowscants for women who want a trendy yet warm winter look.

Eagre Games

Name: Chuck Carter
Title: Founder
Website: http://eagregames.com/
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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 disapeared. 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.

Team AR

Name: Chuck Benton
Title: Founder
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We make minimalist gear for everyday adventures. No bells or whistles, just state of the art materials and quality American craftsmanship.

Northern Maine Distilling

Name: Scott Galbiati
Title: Founder
Website: http://www.twenty2vodka.com/
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The Northern Maine Distilling Company didn’t redefine vodka, they redefined distilling. Their one-of-a-kind “True Micro Distilled” process employs an array of 50-gallon pot stills to deliver consist quality vodka without the traditional limitations on production capacity. The innovate lineup of vodka products include Twenty 2 Vodka, currently America’s Most Awarded Vodka for quality, Twenty 2 High Proof Spirit, the World’s First Vodka designed for infusing, and Twenty 2 Crafted Expressions, their latest innovation into flavors that are bottled-infused using real ingredients.

Blue Ox Malt House

Name: Joel Alex
Title: Founder

Website: http://www.blueoxmalthouse.com/
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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.