New Location, New Product, New Equipment

How Will You

Use $50,000?

APPLY BY 5PM ON APRIL 1
North Spore

Calling all entrepreneurs! LaunchPad is back. Enter Maine’s premier small business competition for your chance to win a $50,000 grant from Gorham Savings Bank. Applications accepted now through April 1.

2018 LAUNCHPAD WINNER, MATT MCINNIS, ELIAH THANHAUSER & JOHN CARVER, NORTH SPORE
North Spore

EVERY BUSINESS COULD USE A LAUNCHPAD

Whether you've got a great business idea, you've just opened shop or you're looking to expand your operation, LaunchPad has evolved to help more businesses at more stages of development than ever before.

Countdown

This category includes businesses that have yet to generate revenue and are still in the process of developing their core offerings. They can range from those with a business idea or plan to those that have recently opened and are focused on developing products and services.

Ignition

Businesses that have recently started generating revenue. These businesses include any business that is open—whether online or in another format—and has recently started generating revenue.

Launch

More established businesses—those that are generating revenue sufficient for reinvestment in the operation. Whether through a new product or service, or by expanding the business in scale or location, these businesses are focused on building on their initial successes.

WE BELIEVE IN

EMERGING IDEAS

One simple application… two small business grants. Introduced in 2017, the Emerging Idea Award includes a grant of $10,000 along with $10,000 of in-kind business and marketing-related services from our partners. After the five overall finalists are selected, our judges choose an additional five finalists from the remaining applicants to compete for this grant. These finalists will submit 60-second pitch videos to be shown at our live event on June 4.

2018 Emerging Idea Award Winner, NavigatER

Maine's Future Entrepreneurs

Launchpad Junior

WHAT WILL THEY THINK OF NEXT?

Get ready for another exciting LaunchPad Junior competition! Through our partnership with Junior Achievement, three Maine middle schools will be developing a business idea that fills a need in their community and creating a 60-second pitch video to be played at our June 4 event. We’re looking forward to a little school rivalry and seeing what they come up with this time!

Junior Achievement logo

2018 LaunchPad Junior 1st Place, Bonny Eagle Middle School