Watch Five Maine Businesses Compete for $50,000.

Live LaunchPad Event


Seating is limited, competition begins at 5:30pm. Reserve your FREE seat now.



  • American Roots
    American Roots
    Westbrook, ME
  • Bangs Island Mussels
    Bangs Island Mussels
    Portland, ME
  • Blue Ox Malthouse
    Blue Ox Malthouse
    Lisbon Falls, ME
  • North Spore
    North Spore
    Westbrook, ME
  • Wallace James
    Wallace James
    Portland, ME

Every Business Could Use a LaunchPad

Whether you've got a great business idea, you've just opened shop or you're looking to expand your operation, LaunchPad has evolved to help more businesses at more stages of development than ever before.

  • Countdown
    This category includes businesses that have yet to generate revenue and are still in the process of developing their core offerings. They can range from those with a business idea or plan to those that have recently opened and are focused on developing products and services.
  • Ignition
    Businesses that have recently started generating revenue. These businesses include any business that is open—whether online or in another format—and has recently started generating revenue.
  • Launch
    More established businesses—those that are generating revenue sufficient for reinvestment in the operation. Whether through a new product or service, or by expanding the business in scale or location, these businesses are focused on building on their initial successes.

We believe in 

Emerging Ideas

Once our panel of judges has identified the five finalists to pitch on-stage, they will select a LaunchPad Emerging Idea Award winner. This additional prize includes a grant of up to $10,000 along with another $10,000 of in-kind services.

2017 Emerging Idea Award Winner, Sara Rademaker of American Unagi

Emerging Idea Winner American Unagi
LaunchPad Jr.
Gorham Savings Bank's LaunchPadJunior Achievement

Maine's Youngest Entrepreneurs

Launchpad Junior

What will they think of next?

Through a partnership with Junior Achievement, 8th grade students at Memorial Middle School (South Portland), Bonny Eagle Middle School (Standish) and King Middle School (Portland) will present their business ideas and compete for the first place title.

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2017 LaunchPad Junior 1st Place, Mahoney Middle School

  • Gorham Savings Bank's LaunchPad
  • Gorham Savings Bank LaunchPad
  • Gorham Savings Bank's LaunchPad
  • Gorham Savings Bank's LaunchPad