Submit a Workshop

Startup Maine Workshops are focused, instructional sessions offering beginner to advanced – level information and hands-on practice around a topic or skill relevant to starting, building, or growing innovative companies.  Workshops will take place throughout each day of Startup Maine.  

Workshops are curated with the goal of ensuring some workshops complement Startup Maine 2019 themes, while the remaining balance of workshops will be on a wide variety of useful topics, selected from the applications submitted via the form below.

Workshops will be on Thursday, June 20th and Friday, June 21st between 8:30am – 5:00pm. We will try our best to accommodate your availability, so please list a few potential available time slots in your application.

Ideas for workshops:

We’re open to all kinds, themes, and variety of workshops that will help someone learn a useful skill, information, or tactic for building a product or business.  To help with idea generation, here is a list of potential workshop themes and topics that we think might be cool to have:

  • Building an advisory board for your company
  • Working with government partners/customers/financiers
  • Regulatory hacking
  • Fundraising / Financing
  • Becoming investment ready
  • B2B Sales & Marketing
  • Digital advertising and marketing
  • Branding
  • Design fundamentals
  • Strategy and decision making
  • Regulatory navigation / compliance
  • Implementing emerging technologies
  • Legal
  • Financial forecasting
  • Hiring / Identifying talent
  • Succession planning
  • Sourcing manufacturers
  • Prototyping (physical products and digital products)
  • Product launch strategies
  • Importing / Exporting
  • Company HR, policy development, and culture
  • Market research
  • Tech transfer (or licensing)
  • Crowdfunding (rewards or equity)
  • Conducting due diligence as an investor
  • Pitch preparation. What are the hard questions VC’s will ask?
  • How to split up the equity pie
  • Going from 0 to 1
  • Going from 1 – 10,000

Guidelines for Workshops:

Workshops should be optimized for a 1-2 hour time-frame and for 10-30 participants. They should be designed to give non-experts a working introduction to the topic at hand, and let participants walk away with something that can be readily applied to their own businesses.

Leaders of Workshops must have demonstrated expertise in the subject matter and be validated in their field. Workshops should not be a pitch for services, and a “cross-the-aisle” presentation is strongly encouraged (e.g. service providers should collaborate on workshops with representatives from different firms or industry players).

Selected Leaders of Workshops receive a free pass to Startup Maine 2019, as well as a platform for publicizing your expertise to conference attendees.

To apply to present a workshop at Startup Maine 2019, please fill out the form below.

Applications are due by March 1, 2019.