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Jen Levin of True Fin 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.

Jen Levin of True Fin being interviewed by GSB's Katie Grant (formerly Bellerose)
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.

It felt really good to be in that company of people [at LaunchPad]... as a fellow small business person just trying to make something happen. Even in the midst of that feeling of accomplishment in being a finalist, there's also a feeling of comradery.

- Jen Levin, President & CEO, True Fin

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.

Episode #2

E Flett Design Studio

Erin Flett

e Flett Design Studio is a bold, colorful lifestyle brand that draws, silkscreens and sews a line of accessories and home goods AND was a 2021 LaunchPad finalist. Erin has collaborated with Anthropologie and L.L. Bean, as well as been featured in a variety of well-known magazines.

Watch or listen to learn more about the woman behind this innovative Maine brand and hear her advice for new entrepreneurs.

Episode #1


Torey Penrod-Cambra

Maine is quickly gaining momentum as a home to tech startups including Portland-based HighByte, an Industrial DataOps software that’s disrupting the global manufacturing tech market. What exactly do they do? 

Watch or listen to our very first episode of Beyond LaunchPad as Katie Grant, Commercial Banker at GSB, sits down with Torey Penrod-Cambra to dig into her path to entrepreneurship, experience competing in LaunchPad, and advice for reaching the next level. 

We were all there pitching in competition, but everyone was genuinely interested in each other's stories and products. It [LaunchPad] was a great networking opportunity to meet entrepreneurs that I might not have otherwise.

- Torey Penrod-Cambra, Co-Founder & Chief Communications Officer, HighByte

LaunchPad Livestream

Saco-based Tanbark, a packaging manufacturer, earned our $50,000 LaunchPad Grant. True Fin, a sustainable seafood distributor, was awarded our surprise $5,000 grant. Our $10,000 Emerging Business Award went to Portland-based African language learning app, NKENNE.

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