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Michael Odokara-Okigbo of NKENNE being interviewed by GSB's Katie Grant (formerly Bellerose)

Gorham Savings Bank catches up with Maine’s most innovative small businesses, entrepreneurs, and influencers. Find all of our episodes below, on  YouTube, or subscribe through your favorite podcast streaming service.

Michael Odokara-Okigbo of NKENNE being interviewed by GSB's Katie Grant (formerly Bellerose)
Episode #5


Michael Odokara-Okigbo

Learn how our latest guest, NKENNE, is leveraging Maine’s entrepreneurial ecosystem to launch the first dedicated African language learning app. Based in Portland, NKENNE is helping connect users to their roots and building a virtual community of African language speakers. Hear Michael Odokara-Okigbo of NKENNE, our 2022 LaunchPad Emerging Business Award winner, on Beyond LaunchPad.

The LaunchPad program says that they care about businesses, emerging and small businesses, businesses of color... and they shine a light to it. Not a lot of banks do that, so it's incredible.

- Michael Odokara-Okigbo, Founder & CEO, NKENNE

Episode #4

True Fin

Jen Levin

Catch our interview with True Fin President & CEO, Jen Levin, as she describes their mission to innovate Maine’s commercial fishing industry and how the sustainable seafood startup pivoted when restaurant sales evaporated early in the pandemic.

True Fin earned our surprise $5,000 grant at LaunchPad 2022. Hear Jen talk about the competition and what she took away from the experience.

Episode #3


Melissa LaCasse

Tanbark, our most recent $50,000 LaunchPad Grant winner, is a manufacturing company in Saco that creates custom, sustainable and recyclable fiber packaging solutions made from Maine trees.

Don’t miss our interview with co-founder Melissa LaCasse as she shares her experience pitching at (and winning) LaunchPad 2022, plans to scale, and advice for Maine entrepreneurs.


Save Your Seat For LaunchPad 2023!

Join us for the 10th anniversary of Maine’s premier small business competition. Meet and mingle with Maine entrepreneurs and influencers, support the local small business community, and find out which of the finalists will earn our $50,000 grant at the live pitch event.