On June 2nd One Maine Business

Will Win $50,000.

Don't Miss It.

LaunchPad is more than a competition. It’s a community. Cheer on LaunchPad finalists as they compete live on stage, and get to know others involved in the Maine entrepreneur scene.


Tuesday, June 2, 2020

5:00 – 8:00PM

USM Portland Campus
Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center
88 Bedford Street, Portland

Free parking is available in the garage adjacent to the Abromson Center.

There is no cost to attend LaunchPad, the more the merrier, but seating is limited, so please RSVP in advance.

Get directions

Map of LaunchPad Venue


5:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Meet and mingle in USM’s beautiful Hannaford Hall in Portland before the show begins. Enjoy light appetizers while you get to know some of Maine’s leading entrepreneurs, innovators, influencers and others interested in supporting the Maine small business scene.

5:30 PM

Finalist Presentations

The LaunchPad class of 2020 finalists will take to the stage to make their pitches to our 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. The audience will also see video pitches from the Emerging Business Award finalists.

7:00 PM

Judges Deliberation & LaunchPad Junior

The finalists have presented and taken questions from the panel. Now the panel will take a few minutes to decide who the $50,000 winner will be. While they deliberate, the LaunchPad Junior competition will take place and the winning classroom will be announced.

7:30 PM

Winners Announced

When the dust clears, one small-but-promising Maine business will emerge victorious and take home $50,000 to grow their business. Another will walk away with the $10,000 Emerging Business Award grant plus $10,000 of in-kind business and marketing services. Others will leave with the full support of a few hundred new fans they made during the night—including everyone here at Gorham Savings Bank.