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Virtual Mentor Night

Thank you to Stephen Johnston for sharing his market research expertise at December’s event. We’re busy planning your next Virtual Mentor Night Event.

Food, Beverage & Production Innovation Nights, April 9, 2024 @ Bangor Masonic Center

Update coming soon in January 2024

Scale Up Webinar

UpStart Maine’s Scale-Up Webinar is designed to support entrepreneurs who have been in business for more than two years and are actively scaling. 

ScaleUp Food Production and Partnerships

Panel Feb 15, 2023

Bangor Blitz

Blitz 2023 was a great success! Stay tuned for information on Blitz 2024


We check in periodically with our entrepreneurs and coalition partners.

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UpStart Maine convenes first “MasterMind”

UpStart Maine has convened its first MasterMind: a group of 10 women founders of value-added food production businesses, all from rural and small-town Maine. 


June is HERE and with it comes a new Scale Up Webinar! Are wondering about getting angel investments for your start-up?

The City of Bangor’s draft Economic Development Strategic Plan (Jan. 2022) suggests branding Bangor as “a hub of technology, commercialization of research, and entrepreneurship.”

UpStart Board and Events Committee member Gavin Robinson, Main Street Banker for Bangor Savings Bank, shares his experience volunteering with UpStart Maine.

From Bub ‘n Mutha’s Start in 2018 until now, owner John Fuhrman has learned how to adapt and use consistency to stay successful and grow connections for his award winning dry rubs, even through a world-wide pandemic.

In early 2019, Box of Maine realized Facebook & Instagram allowed us to reach out to customers to engage with them on a personal level and develop brand loyalty.

UpStart Board of Directors member Jessica Giles, AVP Business Banker with Machias Savings Bank shares what supporting Maine’s entrepreneurial ecosystem means to her.

A century ago, Maine waters were dotted with hand-carved, hand-painted wooden lobster buoys. The varied colors, patterns, and shapes made each buoy a unique identifier of its lobsterman owner and a work of art bobbing in the sea.

Promising a new standard in apartment renting, the University of Maine founders of TrustedRentr are confident their online platform will build trust among landlords by helping tenants, for the first time, use their positive rental history to increase their credit score. 

Recently, Jennifer Litteral – President of Coffee Hound Coffee Co. – sat down with RuralRise to talk about how COVID has impacted her business.

Coffee Hound Coffee Co. was most recently voted as the Bangor Regions Most Exciting Start-Up for 2020 through Upstart Maine.

Heather manufactures her True North Beauty skincare line in Lakeview Plantation, an hour north of Bangor. When Heather learned the black Chaga mushrooms dotting her property’s birch trees had medicinal properties a decade ago, she had her proverbial “a-ha” moment.