On June 5th One Maine Business


Will Win $50,000.

Don't Miss It.


The LaunchPad 2018 Live Event

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
5:00 – 7:30PM
USM Portland Campus
Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center
85 Bedford Street
Portland, ME 04101
There is no cost to attend LaunchPad, the more the merrier, but seating is limited, so please RSVP in advance.
Get directions
  • 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

The Evening's Agenda


Welcome Reception

Meet and mingle in USM's beautiful Hannaford Hall in Portland before formal proceedings begin. Sample a few of our past and present competitors' products while enjoying the company of some of Maine's leading entrepreneurs, innovators and creative thinkers.


Finalist Presentations

The LaunchPad class of 2018 finalists will take to the stage to make their pitches to our judges: what the company hopes to achieve, how they would use the grant, why they should win... It all factors into the final decision. It's a short window of time to make a big impression. The pressure's on.


Judges Deliberation
& LaunchPad Junior

The finalists have presented and taken questions from the panel. Now the panel will take a few minutes to decide who the Grand Prize winner will be. While they deliberate, the LaunchPad Junior presentations will take place and the winning classroom will be announced.


Winners Announced

When the dust clears, one small-but-promising Maine business will emerge victorious and take home $50,000 to grow their business. Another will walk away with the $10,000 Emerging Idea Award grant and another $10,000 of in-kind business consulting services. Others will leave with the full support of a few hundred new fans they made during the night—including everyone here at Gorham Savings Bank.

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