Win $50,000 For Your Business

Hurry! Applications close Sunday, May 1 at 5:00pm

We realize one of the biggest barriers for entrepreneurs is lack of funding, so this year Gorham Savings Bank is increasing the cash prize from $30,000 to $50,000 to help further fund the growth of a Maine business! We’ve also made the application process a little cleaner, a little easier and hopefully even a little fun! Fill out the form below to enter the competition!

2016 LaunchPad Timeline

  • Entry Period: Closes May 1 at 5:00pm
  • Notification of Finalists: by May 27
  • Live Pitch Competition: June 7
  • LaunchPad 2016 Official Entry Form

    Only one entry per individual or business. We recommend that you create a backup document (such as a Word document) that contains the answers to your application questions. You will not be able to make changes to your application once you submit.


    (Judges will look for and review your website to gain a better understanding of your business.)
    (Copy and paste a link to the video on your YouTube or Vimeo page. This will be used to promote LaunchPad on Gorham Savings Bank's website and social media pages.)
    Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: • Viability – the sustainability of your business model • Scalability – the ability to adapt to increased demand • Uniqueness – what makes your business stand out among others • Management – strength of your business’ support system/team • Impact – the effect your business seeks to have on your market and community, as well as the effect winning the cash prize would have on your business. Please include an explanation of your business' accomplishments to date, and what your next steps are. [Maximum 500 words]
    [Maximum 250 words]
    Files must be less than 3 MB.
    Allowed file types: gif jpg png tif pdf jpeg.
    Files must be less than 3 MB.
    Allowed file types: gif jpg png tif pdf jpeg.
    Files must be less than 3 MB.
    Allowed file types: gif jpg png tif pdf jpeg.
    Files must be less than 3 MB.
    Allowed file types: gif jpg png tif pdf jpeg.
    Files must be less than 3 MB.
    Allowed file types: gif jpg png tif pdf jpeg.
    Files must be less than 3 MB.
    Allowed file types: gif jpg png tif pdf jpeg.

    One more thing...Before you SUBMIT, we recommend that you copy and paste the answers to your application questions into a Word document or an email to yourself. Unforeseen events, such as a power outage at the exact moment you submit your entry, can happen (in fact, it has). Having a backup could save you from having to type your entry all over again!

    Mission Statement

    The mission of Gorham Savings Bank's LaunchPad is to help fund the growth of Maine businesses by providing the resources needed for them to reach the next level.

    Official Rules


    Contest Entry Period

    April 1, 2016 to May 1, 2016


    Contest is open to:

    • Legally registered Maine based businesses or
    • Legal residents of the United States and the State of Maine who are 18 years of age or older with a proposed idea or product.

    Entities that are tax-exempt organizations, non-profits or charitable trusts are not eligible to participate. Employees, officers, and directors of Gorham Savings Bank and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, promotion or advertising agencies, and members of their immediate family are not eligible to participate. Gorham Savings Bank reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify a semifinalist.

    How To Enter

    During the Contest Entry Period, visit and follow the directions provided to complete the Entry Form. All entries must be received by 5:00 PM EST on May 1, 2016 to be considered.

    Additional Entry Restrictions

    • Entry must be the original work of the entrant.
    • Must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity, or other rights of any person or entity.

    Winner Determination

    The Contest will consist of three (3) phases to determine the winner.

    1. Semifinal Judging. An independent panel of semifinal judges will review all eligible entries received and select up to 5 finalists. They will judge how the ideas presented address the Mission Statement, and the following criteria: viability, scalability, uniqueness, management, and impact. All submission ideas will remain confidential through the semifinal judging phase.
    2. Notification of Finalists. By May 27, 2016, the selected semifinalists will be contacted at the telephone number listed on the Entry Form. They must confirm their availability to compete in the live event on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. If unable to participate, they may be disqualified and another semifinalist may be chosen.
    3. Live LaunchPad Event – June 7, 2016 The five (5) finalists will have up to seven (7) minutes to present their case, and up to five (5) minutes of Q&A from the event judges. An independent panel of qualified event judges will score the presentations on the following criteria: viability, scalability, uniqueness, management, and impact, as well as the overall presentation.

    Each finalist will be videotaped at the live event, for use in a promotional video by Gorham Savings Bank. The panel of event judges will select one (1) finalist, who will be deemed the LaunchPad winner.

    LaunchPad Award

     $50,000 will be awarded to the finalist who best meets the judging criteria.

    Other Fine Print

    Void Where Prohibited or Restricted by Law: All federal, state and local regulations apply to the Contest. The Contest is void in any Country, or Federal or State jurisdiction where it is prohibited by law or regulation.

    Contest and Official Rules Subject to Modification by Gorham Savings Bank: The Contest and these Official Rules are subject to modification, cancellation, or limitation at Gorham Savings Bank’s sole discretion, with or without notice, including to persons who have already entered the Contest. All changes or modification of the Contest or these Official Rules will be posted on this Website.

    General Conditions of Participation in This Contest: Except where prohibited by law, all entries that are selected as one of the finalists permit Gorham Savings Bank and its affiliates to use, without notice or further compensation, worldwide and in perpetuity in any and all forms of media, now known and hereafter devised, such winner’s name, likeness, pictures, photographs, voice, biographical information, and statements for purposes of advertising, trade, promotion, and publicity. Once submitted, all entries, not just those of the finalists, will not be returned.

    Disqualification: Gorham Savings Bank reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it (or its authorized designee hosting the Website) finds to be: (i) tampering with the entry process or otherwise tampering with the operation of the Contest, the Website, or any web page or web banner ad related to the Contest; (ii) acting in violation of the Official Rules; (iii) acting in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, harass, harm, mislead, or defraud any other individual or entity; or (iv) otherwise in violation of law as solely determined by Gorham Savings Bank. Any person attempting to defraud Gorham Savings Bank or the other contestants or in any way tamper with the Contest will be ineligible to compete in the Contest or win the contest and Gorham Savings Bank may seek any and all remedies available to it, including, if appropriate, filing complaints with legal authorities.

    Website or Contest Corruption: If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned or if in the sole discretion of Gorham Savings Bank, the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest is corrupted or adversely affected, Gorham Savings Bank reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest.

    Limitation of Liability: Gorham Savings Bank is not responsible or liable for entries that are illegible, late, forged, destroyed, lost, misplaced, stolen, misdirected, tampered with, incomplete, deleted, damaged, garbled, altered, or otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules, whether caused by Gorham Savings Bank, the entrant, or anyone else.

    Entrants’ Own Work: Your submission must be entirely your (or in the case of a team effort, your team’s) own original creation and must not infringe upon or violate any laws or any rights of third parties, including, but not limited to, such violations as infringement of copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary or property right, libel, defamation, violation of rights of privacy, publicity, personality or celebrity, or any contract right, or any other right of any individual, corporation or entity. Entrants must obtain all necessary permissions, licenses, clearances, releases, waivers of moral rights and other approvals from third parties (including but not limited to all copyright holders and all individuals appearing in a video submission), necessary to use the submission, in whole or in part, in any way, including without limitation, to reproduce, make derivatives, edit, modify, translate, distribute, transmit, publish, license and broadcast worldwide, by any means. Any and all such permission, licenses, clearances, releases, waivers of moral rights and approvals must be provided to Gorham Savings Bank upon its request. Gorham Savings Bank shall not be responsible to a third-party for any entrant’s failure to comply with this provision, and each entrant agrees to indemnify Gorham Savings Bank for any such claim. • Affidavit & Release: As a condition of winning you may be required to execute and deliver to Gorham Savings Bank a signed Affidavit of Eligibility, which includes an acceptance of these Official Rules and a release of liability.

    Notice to Winners: As a condition of winning, you will be asked to use the funds solely to fund the business described in your entry form. Gorham Savings Bank reserves the right to contact the winner on a regular basis for a period of one year to check on status, and will ask for a summary at the end of the year as to how well the funding met the expectations of the application. Items within this summary may be published by Gorham Savings Bank.

    Release and Waiver: By entering the Contest, each entrant irrevocably agrees and acknowledges to be bound by the Official Rules and all applicable laws and decisions of Gorham Savings Bank which are final and binding in all respects; to forever and irrevocably waive all of his/her rights to claim ambiguity with respect to the Official Rules and to waive all of his/her rights to bring any claim, action, or proceeding against Gorham Savings Bank in connection with the Contest; and to forever and irrevocably release, indemnify, and hold harmless Gorham Savings Bank and its respective officers, directors, employees, or agents including outside attorneys, shareholders, representatives, successors, and assigns (collectively the “Releasees”) from any liability (including, but not limited to, liability for defamation, libel, slander, invasion of privacy, infringement of publicity or any intellectual property rights, any property loss, damage, personal injury, bodily injury, death, expense, accident, delay, inconvenience or irregularity, and any indirect, incidental, consequential, special, punitive or exemplary damages of any kind, even if the Releasees have been advised of the possibility of such loss or damages), costs and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable outside attorneys’ fees) that may arise from, result from, or are in connection with: (a) the Contest including, but not limited to, any Contest-related activity or element thereof and the entrant’s entry, participation, or inability to participate in the Contest; (b) the violation of any privacy, personal, publicity or proprietary rights; (c) typographical errors in these Official Rules or any Contest promotional materials; (d) any change in the prizing (or any components thereof) due to unavailability, business or creative considerations, or due to reasons beyond Gorham Savings Bank’s control or as otherwise permitted in these Official Rules; (e) any interruptions in or postponement, cancellation, or modification of the Contest; (f) human error; (g) incorrect or inaccurate transcription, receipt, or transmission of any part of the Contest entry; (h) any system, computer timing and/or dating mechanism, computer equipment, software, or Internet service provider utilized by Gorham Savings Bank or by an entrant; (i) interruption or inability to access the Contest, the Website, or any other Contest-related web pages or any online service via the internet due to hardware or software compatibility problems; (j) any damage to entrant’s (or any third person’s) computer and/or its contents related to or resulting from any part of the Contest; (k) any lost/delayed data transmissions, omissions, interruptions, defects, and/or any other destroyed, incomplete, undeliverable or damaged Contest Entries; (l) any wrongful, negligent, or unauthorized act or omission on the part of Gorham Savings Bank, or any of its agents or employees; or (m) the selection by Gorham Savings Bank or its advisors of the finalists.


    Please contact us if you have any questions about this contest.