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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


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UpStart Maine Elects New President: Welcome Gavin Robinson!

Leading the Way for 2024 UpStart Maine is thrilled to announce the election of Gavin Robinson as the new President of our Board of Directors for the coming year. With his extensive experience and passion for community development, Gavin is poised to lead UpStart Maine into an exciting new chapter


Discover Funding Opportunities with UpStart Navigator for Your Startup’s Growth Starting and growing a business is an exciting journey, but finding the right funding can be a challenge. That’s where the UpStart Navigator comes in. Designed to assist Maine entrepreneurs at any stage of development, the UpStart Navigator is your

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

Maine Spaces for your Growing Startup

All Aboard! Your Next Stop for Startup Success Are you an entrepreneur in the Bangor or Down East Region, ready to transition from your home, garage, or borrowed space to a vibrant community of like-minded startups? Explore affordable options on the UpStart Navigator.

EMDC Economic Hub Recovery Program

Helping Businesses Navigate Challenges: Eastern Maine Development Corp.’s Economic Hub Recovery Program Did your business launch after January 1, 2020, only to face unexpected setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic or its aftermath? Whether it’s missed revenue projections, mounting debt, supply chain disruptions, or other challenges, businesses in Penobscot, Aroostook,

UpStart’s Dec 5th Virtual Mentor Night focuses on Market Study

Virtual Mentor Nights, pairs entrepreneurs with industry experts and executives for advising sessions on curated topics, including marketing, human resources, and industry-specific subjects. With the personalized approach and an easy remote meeting setup, UpStart Maine expects sessions will fill up quickly. The December session will focus on Market Study –

Maine Entrepreneurial Resource Corps is Here to Help Entrepreneurs Network

Maine Entrepreneurial Resource Corps is Here to Help Entrepreneurs Network

Starting a new business is no easy feat, and many entrepreneurs face a variety of challenges when trying to get their ideas off the ground. One of the biggest hurdles that startups face is finding dependable and affordable consulting and technical assistance. This is where the Maine Technology Institute’s (MTI)


Maine Innovations Night

On April 5th we gathered for the UpStart Maine’s Spring edition of Maine Innovation Night! We brought together an amazing line up of showcasers and an energetic audience at the University of Maine Augusta Campus in Bangor. Entrepreneurs displayed their new products and services including; five food producers and AG

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.