Celebrating Innovation: Maine Innovation Nights 2024 Highlights

Welcome to the heart of Maine’s innovation scene! Maine Innovation Nights 2024 was a celebration of creativity, collaboration, and cutting-edge ideas. Let’s dive into the excitement and success of this inspiring evening. 

UpStarting Maine's Entrepreneurial Spirit:

Maine Innovation Nights isn’t just an event; it’s a movement dedicated to propelling Maine’s brightest minds to new heights. With a mission to showcase the groundbreaking work of Maine’s entrepreneurs and foster connections within Greater Bangor’s innovation community, each annual Innovation Night sparks a wave of excitement and possibility.

In the last nine-plus years, the Innovation Nights have helped to:
— Launch over 1500 new products for startups that received more than $4B in funding
— Connect dozens of job seekers and hiring managers
— Profile dozens of local experts

Our Lineup of Innovative Entrepreneurs:

Drone Your Own LLC – At Drone Your Own, we are focused on building an all-in-one, user-friendly, convenient platform connecting drone pilots and clients.  

— Jessica Hepburn – Jessica Hepburn is a new hair treatment that gives body and health to hair using seaweed. 

— Pen & Cob Farm – Experience the taste of Downeast Maine with @Pen & Cob Farm Spruce Syrup. This unique syrup that adds a touch of forest magic to your dishes!

— PathStone Corporation – PathStone Corporation is a private, not-for-profit community development and human service organization. 

— Awen Recovery – Awen Recovery mobile application combines clinically backed education and artificial intelligence to deliver behavioral change programs, enabling users to navigate and manage a loved one’s chronic addiction.  

Spotlight on Success: Drone Your Own Takes Flight

Among the stellar lineup of innovators at Maine Innovation Nights 2024, one presenter soared above the rest—Drone Your Own. Their groundbreaking platform is revolutionizing the drone services industry, making it easier for clients to connect with skilled pilots.
Congratulations to Drone Your Own for clinching the coveted title of Most Innovative Presenter! 

Drone Your Own’s all-in-one platform seamlessly connects drone pilots with clients, creating a community where talent meets opportunity. By prioritizing user-friendliness and convenience, Drone Your Own is paving the way for the future of drone services, one flight at a time.

Get Involved: Join the Maine Innovation Movement:

Maine Innovation Nights isn’t just about one night of excitement—it’s about fueling Maine’s entrepreneurial ecosystem year-round. Innovation Nights has become a cornerstone of Maine’s innovation scene, connecting startups with investors, customers, and collaborators. 

Feeling inspired? Ready to be a part of Maine’s innovation journey? Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur, an investor seeking the next big thing, or simply an enthusiast eager to support local innovation, there’s a place for you at Maine Innovation Nights. Submit your product, sign up as a sponsor, or mark your calendar to attend the next event—let’s keep the momentum going! 

Join UpStart in Shaping Maine's Future:

Maine Innovation Nights is a celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit that defines our state. Ready to be a part of Maine’s innovation revolution? Visit Maine Innovation Nights to learn more, submit your product, or sign up for updates. Together, let’s shape the future of Maine’s innovation ecosystem! 


As we reflect on the success of Maine Innovation Nights 2024 and celebrate the achievements of innovators like Drone Your Own, let’s carry this spirit of collaboration, creativity, and possibility forward. The journey doesn’t end here—it’s just beginning. Join us on our mission to ignite innovation, elevate entrepreneurship, and propel Maine’s brightest ideas to new heights.

We’d love to hear from you! Have you attended a Maine Innovation Nights event? Share your thoughts, experiences, and highlights with us in the comments below. Your insights could inspire others to join us in celebrating Maine’s innovation community!

Thank you to the sponsors that made Maine Innovation Nights possible: 

About UpStart Maine

UpStart mission is to be the Bangor Region’s innovation hub that connects entrepreneurs statewide to resources to grow their businesses.

For more information on UpStart, contact innovation@upstartmaine.org

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