Your Journey to $50,000 Starts Here.

Enter Maine's Premier Small Business Competition Today.

Calling all entrepreneurs! Gorham Savings Bank's LaunchPad is back. Bring us your start-ups. Show us your small businesses. Hit us with your best ideas. Submit your application today for your chance to win $50,000.




One Small-But-Promising Maine Business Will Win $50,000.

The application period is now open! Enter by 5:00pm on Sunday April 15, 2018.


  • Good To-Go, 2017 Winner
    Good To-Go
    Kittery, ME
  • Fluid Farms, 2016 Winner
    Fluid Farms
    Dresden, ME
  • Flowfold, 2015 Winner
    Scarborough, ME
  • Bixby & Co., 2014 Winner
    Bixby & Co.
    Rockland, ME
  • Pika Energy, 2013 Winner
    Pika Energy
    Westbrook, 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

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