LaunchPad Helps

Maine Innovators

&

Entrepreneurs

Get Off The Ground

Now in its fifth year, LaunchPad is Maine's premier small business competition and a showcase for the state’s dynamic entrepreneurial community.

2015 LAUNCHPAD WINNER, CHARLEY FRIEDMAN, CO-FOUNDER, FLOWFOLD
"Maine’s economy is made up of thousands of small and innovative businesses. We’re constantly inspired by the success stories we hear from entrepreneurs. Not only do we want to see those numbers grow; we want to see more of these businesses succeed. The excitement around the competition only demonstrates the strength of the entrepreneurial spirit in Maine."
- Chris Emmons, President and CEO, Gorham Savings Bank

A big impact on small business

Today, it’s easier than ever to start a business. But running that business successfully is as challenging as it’s ever been. And access to capital is still the main hurdle most new businesses will face. Through its annual $50,000 grant, Gorham Savings Bank’s LaunchPad is proud to be helping address that challenge.

According to the U.S. Small Business Association, 97% of businesses in Maine are small businesses (having 500 or fewer employees), and those with fewer than 100 employees actually contribute the largest share of jobs. That’s why LaunchPad pursues the same mission every year: to help fund the growth of one small but promising business in Maine.

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