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Government/Policy Keynote: Jennifer Pahlka (Code for America) & Hannah Pingree (Maine’s Office of Innovation & the Future) Keynote: Evan Burfield To B Corp or Not to Be Public Pioneers: Forging Civic Innovation at the Ground Level Government Innovation: Public + Private Partnerships Investing/Finance Affiliate Event: 2019 Women Angels in Training: An Experiential Investment Workshop Keynote: […]



Recently Engine.co did a piece on Startup Maine and how this conference is connecting policy makers and startups in Maine’s ecosystem. Engine supports the growth of technology entrepreneurship through economic research, policy analysis, and advocacy on local and national issues.   #StartupsEverywhere Profile: Katie Shorey, President, Startup Maine This profile is part of #StartupsEverywhere, an […]


A Keynote, An Ocean Cluster, and the Blue Economy

SUM is excited to announce Berta Danielsdottir as one of our Keynote speakers for the conference this year. She is the CEO of the Iceland Ocean Cluster (and our first international Keynote!), and is joining us in collaboration with the New England Ocean Cluster which is opening this year. The Ocean Cluster is an incubator […]


SUM 2019 Kick Off Keynotes Announced!

What role government plays in driving and supporting innovation? How do you craft innovation into policy? How can startups and local and state governments work together? How can digital services be used to improve government services?   Jennifer Pahlka, Founder and Executive Director of Code for America and Hannah Pingree, Director, Maine’s Office of Innovation […]


For Immediate Release

  Startup Maine Announces 2019 Conference, June 19-21 “Startups, Innovators, and Policy Makers”   PORTLAND, ME February 20 – Startup Maine, Northern New England’s pre-eminent conference for the startup community, has announced their sixth annual conference will be held June 19-21, 2019 at the Maine College of Arts (MECA) in downtown Portland, Maine. Since 2014, […]

Leading a workshop

Workshops Workshops Workshops!

Come share your expertise and teach a 1-2hr workshop at the Startup Maine 2019 conference. A couple topics that we’d like to see: Becoming investment ready, and due diligence. How to split up the equity pie. Prototyping (physical products and digital products) Design fundamentals Regulatory hacking Civic innovation …we’ve got like 40 more ideas, and […]

Helen Sterling Coburn

Monthly Newsletter – Feb 2019

Startup 2019 with Startup Maine In February’s newsletter 1. Workshop Applications – Due Friday, March 1 2. You’re invited to our March 11 “Startup Maine Presents” Happy Hour featuring Grove 3. We’re asking questions we hope you’ll answer, and we’re giving away a pass to SUM2019! 4. Learn more about 2 of our programming co-chairs […]

Katie Shorey

Monthly Newsletter – Jan 2019

In this month’s newsletter 1. Workshop Applications are live! 2. Upcoming events to look out for in January 3. Get to know Katie Shorey, Startup Maine’s Chairwoman/ President MTI Funding Made Easy Thurs., Jan. 31, noon-2 p.m. — Cloudport in Portland This free workshop, sponsored by the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs, will walk entrepreneurs through […]


Monthly Newsletter – Dec 2018

Startup Maine is all volunteer. Startup Maine is more than a conference. Startup Maine is a community. The board got together after the 2018 annual conference to discuss what we wanted to do over the next year. We held a fun happy hour/volunteer engagement event in a snowstorm (shout out to Maine Craft Distilling for […]

Maine Craft Distilling

SUM Event at Maine Craft Distilling

Join the Startup Maine Board and past volunteers at Maine Craft Distilling, November 20th from 5 – 7pm! We’re inviting anyone who wants to learn more about getting involved with Startup Maine (both the conference and organization), or wants to share ideas for what they think the conference should feature in 2019. What kinds of […]