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.   

Flowfold

Name: James Morin
Title: COO
Website: https://www.flowfold.com/
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Flowfold builds minimalist gear for everyday adventures. Drawing on the legacy of Maine craftsmanship, Flowfold pairs carefully refined techniques with innovative materials and designs. The design philosophy stems from an incredible respect and admiration for the outdoors and Flowfold’s company values are focused on reducing their overall impact on the environment. Every item is made in the USA using some of the world’s strongest and lightest fabrics and all core products are backed with a lifetime guarantee.

Zootility

Name: Nate Barr
Title: Founder / CEO
Website: https://shop.zootilitytools.com/
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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.

Sidewalk Buttler

Name: Mike Royhos
Title: Founder
Website: http://www.sidewalkbuttler.com/
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The Sidewalk Buttler is an intelligent cigarette butt receptacle offered as a solution to cigarette waste. We make it easy for communities and businesses to keep butts off the ground and out of the water by providing an alternative disposal system. Cigarettes butts are not just disposed of in a landfill either, they are upcycled into other products including park benches and sunglasses.

iquarium

Name: Eddie Hanson
Title: Owner
Website: http://www.aquatheatreaquarium.com/
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iquarium designs aquariums with a viewing device as the backdrop. Currently marketing a desktop aquarium that uses an IPad as the backdrop.

Forager, LLC

Name: David Stone / Michael Yang
Title: CEO & Founder /Operations Manager
Website: https://goforager.com/maine/
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Forager’s mission is to accelerate the growth of the local food economy and make locally sourced food more widely available to all. Our groundbreaking digital procurement-to-payment platform is making it simpler, cheaper, and faster for grocers, co-ops, wholesalers, foodservice buyers, farmers, artisans, and producers to meet consumers’ growing demand for locally produced foods.

CourseStorm

Name: Brian Rahill
Title: Co-Founder / CEO

Website: https://www.coursestorm.com/
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CourseStorm is an impossibly simple online registration and class marketing platform for informal education providers. CourseStorm’s robust software suite helps small to medium sized education providers grow enrollments for thousands of local classes at schools, libraries, hospitals, and museums in 43 states across the country. CourseStorm has registered over 200,000 students for classes and saved a mountain of time in the process.

Grojo

Name: Jared Pinkham
Title: Co-Founder

Website: http://hellogrojo.com/
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Grojo is a hardware and software company that allows small scale indoor growers and greenhouse growers to control, automate and monitor their environments from anywhere. We provide real-time alerts for real-time growers. Our mission is to not only help new growers succeed, but to give experienced growers peace of mind and the tools they need to thrive in this industry.

College Helpers

Name: Fred Grant
Title: Owner / Creator
Website: http://www.collegehelpers.com/
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CollegeHelpers.com connects current college students with employers looking to hire part-time and seasonal help. Jobs range from childcare to internships, one-time gigs to full-time summer employment.

Tourmaline Spring

Name: Seth L. Pruzansky
Title: Owner
Website: https://tourmalinespring.com/
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Tourmaline Spring provides the highest quality, most ethically produced bottled water in North America. Our water is so naturally pure that it is officially exempt from all forms of treatment, making it the only commercially available “living” water in the US market. We have state of Maine premium grade designation and we only bottle the overflow that mother nature freely offers (not a drop more).

NibMor, Inc.

Name: Ralph Chauvin
Title: CEO
Website: http://nibmor.com/
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NibMor offers better for you chocolates and drinking chocolates, that are certified Organic, Non GMO, Gluten Free, Vegan and Kosher and at price that will not break your wallet

Tempest in a Teapot

Name: Rebecca Emerson / Tammy Smith
Title: Co-Presidents

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Tempest in a Teapot was founded by sisters, Tammy (Smith) Blake and Rebecca Emerson. We are the owners of the custom blending loose tea company with blending houses in Stonington and Cushing, Maine. We are unique in the tea industry as we create blends that are one of a kind. We are dedicated to the idea that tea should be a combination of high grade teas from around the globe combined with some of the finest products found here in our area.

DAVO Technologies

Name: David Joseph
Title: Co-Founder / Chairman & Simplified Sales Tax Evangelist
Website: https://www.davotechnologies.com/
Episode: Episode page »

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.

ikno

Name: Mark Girr / Becky McKinnell
Title: CEO / COO

Website: http://www.ikno.io/
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ikno is the easiest intranet platform that keep employees informed with the info they need to do their job. ikno culturally shifts the way companies communicate and collaborate, making teams happier, more productive and more cohesive.

GO Lab

Name: Dr. Joshua Henry
Title: President
Website: http://www.gologic.us/go-lab/
Episode: Episode page »

GO Lab, Inc. is a privately held Maine-based building products company developing innovative commercial products aimed at the high performance design and construction market. Our current focus is a waterproof, wood fiber based exterior insulation board that is performance and cost competitive with foam.

North Spore

Name: Eliah Thanhauser
Title: Co-Founder

Website: http://www.northspore.com/
Episode: Episode page »

North Spore provides access to the mycological world through innovative mushroom cultivation, spawn production, specialty mushroom products and research.

Indigo Diagnostic Imaging

Name: Tim Thomas / Tammy Thomas, RDMS, RVT, RT
Title: Director of Marketing and Finance / Director / Chief Sonographer

Website: http://www.indigodiagnostic.com/
Episode: Episode page »

Indigo Diagnostic Imaging is a mobile diagnostic ultrasound imaging company, providing ultrasound options to physicians and to self-pay patients and patients with high-insurance deductibles. Peekaboo Baby gives parents a sneak peek at their precious new family member.

Advanced Concepts & Engineering

Name: Joel Costonis
Title: President / Founder
Website: http://advconeng.com/
Episode: Episode page »

Advanced Concepts and Engineering, LLC was founded to provide an alternative to the current manual quality control processes of the aggregate industry. This alternative comes with the launch of a fully portable, fully automated, intelligent testing laboratory – the ACE Auto-Grade Laboratory. The ACE Auto-Grade automates each of the manual steps involved in the conventional gradation tests and integrates upgraded software and hardware to guide and manage the testing process, including accelerated test reports produced in less time than it takes to run a conventional test.

Hello VANGO

Name: Faith Meads / Sarah Meads
Title: Inventor & Co-Founder / Vice President
Website: http://www.hellovango.com/
Episode: Episode page »

Health 2 Humanity

Name: John Cefalu
Title: CEO / Founder
Website: http://h2hglobal.org/
Episode: Episode page »

AmpFins, LLC

Name: Randy Lord
Title: Co-Founder
Website: http://www.ampfins.com/
Episode: Episode page »

Maine Harvest Credit Project

Name: Scott Budde / Sam May
Title: Project Director / Oversight Board Chairman
Website: https://maineharvestcp.org/
Episode: Episode page »

Jellux

Name: Zack Taylor
Title: Co-Owner / President
Website: http://jellux.com/
Episode: Episode page »

(Re)Produce

Name: Grace Burchard
Title: Co-Founder
Website: http://mainestartupsinsider.com/reproduce-wins-umaine-business-challenge/
Episode: Episode page »

Maine Dye & Textiles

Name: Claudia D. Raessler
Title: Managing Director
Website: http://www.sacoriverdyehouse.com/site/
Episode: Episode page »

Certine

Name: David Muise / Rachel Rodrigues
Title: Co-Founders
Website: https://certine.com/
Episode: Episode page »

Pyxie, LLC

Name: Cathy Steifel
Title: Owner
Website: https://www.pyxie.co/
Episode: Episode page »