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Beyond LaunchPad

By Gorham Savings Bank
Erin Flett chatting with Katie Bellerose during the Beyond LaunchPad podcast

GSB 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.

Erin Flett chatting with Katie Bellerose during the Beyond LaunchPad podcast
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.

You cannot prepare enough for the speaking part. I love to chat about the business, but it's different when you have other people watching. Don't let that inhibit you. Just believe in what you know, and that's your business.

- Erin Flett, Founder, e Flett Design Studio

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 Bellerose, 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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