Startup Resources

Blackstone Accelerates Growth
Hosting monthly "Office Hours" in both Portland and Bangor hubs, an structured open forum discussion for start-ups and entrepreneurs designed to help determine key next steps to grow your business and connect you to available resources. Contact: John Voltz, Executive Director;; 207-449-9662; 8 Venture Ave, Brunswick Landing, Brunswick, ME 04011

Campus Ventures
Collaborative effort between the University of Southern Maine and MCED. Jump Start Program for selected Maine-based technology companies bringing commercially viable technologies to market by providing paid interns and mentor oversight for research, prototyping, and a range of other related tasks. Gregory S. Cavanaugh, Program Manager, 207-749-1478,

DECD Business Answers Program (Department of Economic and Community Development)  1-800-872-3838
Helps businesses establish connections with resources at the federal, state & local level.  Matching business needs such as site location, funding, marketing & workforce development with targeted resources.  Contact: Kristine Schuman, Governor’s Account Executive, Dept. of  Economic & Community Development;; 207-592-0448;
8 Venture Ave., Brunswick, ME 04011

Maine Patent Program 
A program of the Center for Law and Innovation. Provides copyright, patent and trademark assistance for intellectual property Program Dir., Leonard Agneta,; 207-228-8430; University of Maine School of Law, 246 Deering Ave, Suite 115, (512 Law Bldg) Portland, Maine 04102

Top Gun 
A program of Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development , Target Technology Center and Blackstone Accelerates Growth. Customized 15-week leadership and entrepreneurial development program that competitively selects highly talented entrepreneurs in Maine, and matches them with mentors to help guide them as they continue to develop their innovative business model, create and articulate high growth strategic and operational plans, access investment funds and move their businesses toward key milestones. Contact: Don Gooding, MCED Executive Director,

Top Gun Prep
Presented by the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development and Target Technology Center.  Enables Maine entrepreneurs to learn how to dramatically increase speed and decrease risk while building their startup. Nine weekly webinars focus on various topics such as, Customer Development, Revenue Streams and Business Model Innovation. Using textbook of Silicon Valley’s top entrepreneurship educator Steve Blank, carefully chosen selections from the very best free Internet resources for entrepreneurs and the world-class, techniques of Innovation Engineering®.

USM's Manufacturing Applications Center
Services include product testing, prototyping, off campus course offerings and more.
Director Michael C. Wing is available by appointment on or off site.;
207-780-5969; John Mitchell Center, Gorham Campus, USM


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Company Stage at Initial Investment

Pre-Revenue   41%

Post-Revenue 59%

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Total Maine Angels Investment Per Company

Up to $100k  26%

$100-$199k  26%

$200-$399k  28%

Over $400k   19%

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Invested Company Locations

Maine        47%

New England  46%

Other          7%

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