On June 1st One Maine Business

Will Win $50,000

Don't Miss It.

Watch online as five Maine businesses compete live for our $50,000 grant. Watch the livestream event on June 1 at 3:30pm.


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

3:30 – 5:00PM

Online Event

There is no cost to watch the LaunchPad livestream, just RSVP to access it from your phone, tablet, or computer.




It’s time to celebrate the entrepreneurs, innovators, influencers and others who support Maine’s small business community. We may be remote this year, but we promise you’ll feel every bit of excitement and anticipation as the five finalists prepare to pitch live for our $50,000 grant.

We’ll also be giving out door prizes of local goodies!


Finalist Presentations

The 2021 LaunchPad finalists will take to the stage to make their pitches to, and field questions from, our panel of 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 & Keynote Speaker

The finalists have presented and answered questions from the judges. It all factors into the final decision. While the judges deliberate, tell us what you think. We want to know the audience’s opinion. Cast your vote for the $50,000 winner and you’ll be entered to win a door prize!

We’ll also hear a brief keynote presentation from Chris Wolfel, Director of Entrepreneurship, the Roux Institute at Northeastern University.


Business Agility Award Winner Announced

This year only, one business from the larger pool of nearly 150 applicants will be recognized with a special Business Agility Award for outstanding perseverance and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The winner will be announced and granted $10,000 from Gorham Savings Bank.


Emerging Business Award Winner Announced

Drum roll, please! We’ll see video pitches from the Emerging Business Award finalists. The winner will receive a $10,000 grant plus $10,000 of in-kind business and marketing-related services from our partners: Creative Imaging Group, Grove Marketing, iBec Creative, Philbrook PR and pro-voke.


$50,000 LaunchPad Winner Announced

When the dust clears, one small-but-promising Maine business will emerge victorious as the 2021 LaunchPad winner and be awarded $50,000 grant to help grow their business. Others will gain the full support of a few hundred new fans—including everyone here at Gorham Savings Bank.