Pitch-Off finale awards dollars prize to Maine entrepreneur

Tuesday’s Significant Gig Pitch-Off Finale gave four Maine entrepreneurs the possibility to endorse their products and support whilst expanding their specialist network

ORONO, Maine — Right after the typical time and many ‘pitch practices,’ four Maine entrepreneurs presented at the Significant Gig Pitch-Off Finale Tuesday evening.

Like all the preceding rounds, the finale was held almost. Significant Gig coordinator Emma Wilson claimed in earlier several years, the pitch competitions had been held at neighborhood breweries and dining establishments. Thanks to the pandemic, however, this year’s pitch competitions ended up broadcasted on Fb and Zoom.

“Actually, it went remarkably well,” Wilson explained. “We’re now having 20-plus applicants for just about every pitch-off that we have.”

Wilson, who built it to the finale as a competitor several years ago, mentioned the digital occasions have also made the program much more accessible for Mainers across the condition and not just for those in the Bangor spot.

“Since it is elevated our get to, extra individuals are connecting with these entrepreneurs so it’s aiding you know, construct those connections with those people entrepreneurs and support increase these organizations,” Wilson extra.

The panel of judges Tuesday involved:

  • Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy, the president of the University of Maine at Orono and at Machias
  • Joshu Henry, the president and founder of GO Lab
  • Gavin Robinson, the senior romantic relationship supervisor vice president at Bangor Financial savings Bank

Right after profitable their regular-year pitch party, Cheri Scott, Stephanie Noyes, and Joshua Kim all advanced to the finale and experienced the prospect to gain the $5,000 income prize.

Hannah Marr was the fourth contestant in the finale and manufactured it into the last round as a wildcard. The North Carolina indigenous went to school in Georgia and now will work for L.L. Bean and lives in Vacationland. She is integrating herself in the Maine enterprise environment.

“I have been blown absent by the group,” Marr explained.

She included she arrived up with the strategy for her internet-primarily based software ‘Clique in Style’ when she served system her best friend’s wedding.

“[Clique in Style helps] brides who are in the wedding ceremony scheduling approach have self confidence in the skill to be resourceful in their wedding day design and style, specifically with their bridal get together,” Marr added. “I want to help folks to discover the self confidence that they need to have for their marriage day.”

She read about Significant Gig just times ahead of her to start with party but claimed the whole working experience has been really worth it for the reason that of all the opinions she acquired from other entrepreneurs and the connections she’s been capable to make.

“It’s just ridiculous to see how anyone works with each other and how everybody is supporting 1 another,” she added.



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The web page is established to start in July and Marr previously has a staff of builders prepared to oversee the platform and be all set to operate on any consumer difficulties.

One more pitcher, Cherie Scott, grew up in Mumbai, India, and shared a enjoy of cooking with her late mother. Scott stated she missed the flavors and aromas of residence when she moved to Maine and settled in Boothbay 14 many years ago.

Scott begun a blog called ‘Mumbai to Maine’ and gave other foodies the probability to link with numerous dishes and in her scenario Simmer Sauces from India. The blog grew to become so preferred, Scott created a podcast. Then she took it one stage additional.

“What else can we drop all through this pandemic? Allow me place myself out there, allow me put this merchandise on the sector,” Scott stated.

Her a few sauces, Caldine, Saag, and Makhani, give Mainers the chance to virtually flavor the society of Scott’s property place. She stated that is what variety is all about.



Mumbai to Maine was born in my kitchen area, my culinary sanctuary, below in Boothbay, Maine. But it was also born out of nostalgia and a longing to truly feel linked to Mumbai and my childhood. Food stuff has this electricity to deliver people today collectively and it also has the affect to transportation you to your childhood or a special place you really like.

“This is the most outstanding set of folks in the point out of Maine who really want to embrace range,” Scott stated.

The Huge Gig system is aiding these business people on their journey. While it is a aggressive sector, all these Mainers are in it together.

“It’s just nuts to see how everyone will work jointly and how every person is supporting 1 yet another,” Marr mentioned.

“[Maine is] these kinds of a fantastic incubator and playground to launch a product like Mumbai to Maine simmer sauces,” Scott included.

3 of the four finale contests had been ladies and Wilson said that was “tremendous interesting” for the occasion. She added future calendar year the pitch-offs will be held in a hybrid model as the activities will return to in-man or woman but with a virtual choice for business owners who usually are not from the area.