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 – 8:00PM

USM Portland Campus
Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center
88 Bedford Street, Portland, ME 04101

NOTE: Due to construction, Bedford Street is one-way from Brighton Ave to Forest Ave. There is a detour available on Falmouth Street.

There is no cost to attend LaunchPad, the more the merrier, but seating is limited, so please RSVP in advance.
Get directions
  • 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

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