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Save Your Seat At Innovation Hall

Join us on Tuesday, June 7 at UNE’s Innovation Hall (Portland Campus) to see five Maine businesses compete live for our $50,000 grant. Enjoy the social gathering at 3:30pm before the competition kick-offs at 4:30pm.

See Finalists


Tuesday, June 7, 2022

3:30pm Social Gathering | 4:30pm Competition

University of New England’s Innovation Hall – Portland Campus
772 Stevens Avenue, Portland (across from The Park Danforth) – GET DIRECTIONS

There is no cost to attend LaunchPad, just RSVP to save your seat. Free parking is available on campus or on Stevens Avenue.

UNE's Innovation Hall map of Portland Campus



Social Gathering

Meet and mingle with the finalists, other local entrepreneurs, and those who support them. Enjoy appetizers and beverages on us while networking with Mainers who help small businesses grow. Who knows what connections you might make.



It’s time to celebrate the entrepreneurs, innovators, influencers and others who support Maine’s small business community. The excitement and anticipation is palpable as 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 2022 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

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 Tom Rainey, Executive Director, Maine Center for Entrepreneurs.


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, Nu-Yar, and Philbrook PR.


$50,000 LaunchPad Winner Announced

When the dust clears, one small-but-promising Maine business will emerge victorious as the 2022 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.