Founded in 2013, LaunchPad celebrates and supports Maine ingenuity, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit with an annual small business competition that awards the winner a $50,000 grant from GSB.
Over $200,000 in Grants to Maine Small Businesses—and Counting.
LaunchPad gets bigger and better every year. More applicants, more attendees, bigger prizes. What started small has become Maine’s premier showcase for small businesses and the state’s entrepreneurial economy. This LaunchPad season promises to be the most dynamic yet.
100+ cities and towns
The Maine economy is truly that: Maine’s economy. Maine’s biggest cities and smallest communities are well represented, proving that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well, all over our state.
From fashion to food, from green energy to gourmet candy, LaunchPad competitors represent a wide range of business types across a huge spectrum of industries. All that matters is that you have a Maine-based business, or even a well-thought-out business idea, that’s worthy of immediate and impactful support.