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Dirigo Labs Pitch Competition

June 21, 2022, 5:00 PM8:00 PM


12 founders + 12 weeks + 72 mentors + 40 presenters = 1 amazing cohort! We’re celebrating the inaugural Dirigo Labs class with a demo day and pitch event. Once you meet this amazing group of entrepreneurs we know you’ll be impressed.

Twelve companies will each have 5 minutes to present their company to a panel of judges for a chance to win the $25,000 cash prize sponsored by Skowhegan Savings Bank. The competition will highlight each company’s product or service and judge pitches based on each company’s pitch delivery, capital strategy, and impact on entrepreneurship in Maine.

This event is free to the public, however registration is required to secure your spot. Hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available for attendees.

Companies who will be participating in the pitch competition include:

  • BigNerve Inc dba MaineNerve LLC , Alfred, ME: An online community think tank open to anyone, built upon fun idea challenge tournaments, for creative, imaginative people to help solve problems big and small, and get better at innovating. Earn prize money and funding and start new projects together.
  • bluShift Aerospace, Brunswick, ME : An aerospace company reducing the environmental impact of the space industry with their proprietary bio-fueled, hybrid rockets and democratizing access to space with dedicated and frequent suborbital and orbital launches for small satellites.
  • GenoTyping Center of America, Waterville, ME : Proprietary genetic testing and colony planning expertise providing clear guidance for the breeding, management, and selection of laboratory animals used in academic and biomedical research.
  • The Good Crust, Canaan, ME: Artisan pizza dough manufacturing using 100% freshly milled grains from Maine with a commitment to providing workforce development training to Mainers with unique needs.
  • Hussey Medical, LLC, Waterville, ME: A medical device company developing a product for ostomy bag patients using sensor technology to signal capacity limits.
  • Maine Float, Winthrop, ME:  Patent-pending motorized and steerable floating picnic tables found across lakes and ponds in Maine and New England.
  • Ocean Farm Supply, Brunswick, ME: Value add manufacturer of the Ocean Harvest Bag®, a bag woven from biodegradable, compostable fiber designed explicitly for the harvest and distribution of shellfish and produce.
  • Phoebe’s Call, Rockland, ME: Luxury, cannabis confections for women by women, made with vegan, gluten-free, and ethically sourced ingredients from the U.S.
  • Prospector Portal, Waterville, ME: Software as a service (SaaS) platform using AI to synthesize public technical data into an organized and searchable interface to help users find potential mineral assets, analyze technical reports, and make informed decisions.
  • SlicPix, Dresden, ME: SaaS platform with patented solutions for businesses to transform static web images into unique, interactive pathways leading to multimedia stories, social sharing, and convenient purchasing options, increasing engagement rates, and revenue while personalizing experiences, ultimately building brand loyalty.
  • TrustedRentr, Milford, ME: SaaS platform that improves tenant screening while building renter's credit scores to help landlords and tenants work together to create closer communities.
  • Wingspans, Providence, RI & Waterville, ME: SaaS platform that helps diverse youth find a career through rich, personal stories and helps companies drive racial and ethnic diversity in their talent pipelines.

To learn more about Dirigo Labs’ pitch competition and how you can attend in person, please visit https://tinyurl.com/2p82dhzm. For startups and potential mentors interested in learning more about Dirigo Labs, please visit www.dirigolabs.org.

For more information, please contact launchwell@centralmaine.org.


June 21, 2022
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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