At MTI, we take our role as leader, convener, and collaborator in Maine’s innovation ecosystem very seriously. Mindful of that essential responsibility, I want to call attention to a number of entrepreneurial events that will be occurring in the next month or so.
May 24 Top Gun Final Showcase 2016
The Top Gun Final Showcase 2016, presented by the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, will take place on May 24 from 5P – 7:30P at the Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine. The showcase will feature 6 entrepreneurs who will pitch their innovative companies, products and services to a panel of judges in an effort to earn a $10,000 cash prize sponsored by MTI. Last year’s winner, Rapport of Portland, parlayed their victory into further exposure in, and investment from, Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest Tour.
May 26 Trade Day 2016
On May 26, the Maine International Trade Center (MITC) will host Trade Day 2016 from 12P – 7P at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. This year’s event is the organization’s 20th, and the theme is Technology Trends: Innovative Trends for Maine’s Global Businesses. MITC is accepting advance registrations until May 24. You can register here.
June 16 2016 SCORE Success Luncheon
The 2016 SCORE Success Luncheon celebration takes place on June 16 from 12P – 2:30P at the Portland Regency Hotel. The event brings together an exceptional group of SCORE counselors, mentors, stakeholders, business owners and entrepreneurs and highlights the incredible work they do. MTI is proud to sponsor the luncheon, and we relish our collaboration with SCORE in Maine as they provide incredible insight and advice to our MTI portfolio companies as well as innumerable other small businesses across Maine. For more information, visit www.scoremaine.com
June 20 – 26 Maine Startup & Create Week
June 20 – 26 will mark the return of Maine Startup & Create Week (MSCW), sponsored by MTI. Like the successful events in 2014 and 2015, MSCW will attract thousands of entrepreneurial-minded individuals and will feature an impressive lineup of speakers and anticipated networking opportunities. Visit mainestartupandcreateweek.com for additional information and to register.
June 22 MTI’s TechWalk 2016
MTI will host its annual TechWalk 2016 during MSCW. TechWalk is MTI’s annual opportunity to celebrate the success of its programs and showcase its impressive portfolio companies. TechWalk will occur on Wednesday, June 22 from 5P – 7:30P at the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel in Portland. Admission is free for this energizing networking opportunity. Come out and participate in this stimulating event, and witness the remarkable innovations conceived by extraordinary Maine entrepreneurs and companies.
I look forward to seeing you at these terrific events.