2018 LAUNCHPAD WINNER!
North Spore produces specialty mushrooms, mushroom products and mushroom spawn, and is changing the way the world interacts with mushrooms, through innovation and education.
- American RootsWestbrook, ME
- Bangs Island MusselsPortland, ME
- Blue Ox MalthouseLisbon Falls, ME
- North SporeWestbrook, ME
- Wallace JamesPortland, 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.
- CountdownThis 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.
- IgnitionBusinesses 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.
- LaunchMore 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
NavigatER was selected as our 2018 LaunchPad Emerging Idea Award winner! This prize level includes a grant of $10,000 along with another $10,000 of in-kind business and marketing services from our partners.
2018 Emerging Idea Award Winner, Samir Haydar of NavigatER
Maine's Youngest Entrepreneurs
What will they think of next?
Through a partnership with Junior Achievement, 8th grade students at Bonny Eagle Middle School (Standish), Memorial Middle School (South Portland), and King Middle School (Portland) participated in LaunchPad Junior. Congratulations to all classrooms on great business ideas and video pitches!
2018 LaunchPad Junior 1st Place, Bonny Eagle Middle School