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

Certain of Startup Maine’s Workshops will be curated by Startup Maine’s leadership team with the goal of ensuring that there are workshop topics that complement other Startup Maine 2018 sessions.  The balance of the Workshops will be selected from the applications submitted via this website, consistent with the guidelines below.

Ideas for workshops:

We’re open to all kinds, themes, and variety of workshops that will help someone learn a useful skill 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 would be cool to have:

  • Building an Advisory Board for your company
  • Fundraising / Financing
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Branding
  • Design fundamentals
  • Strategy
  • Decision making
  • Legal
  • Financing forecasting
  • Hiring / Identifying talent
  • Diversity
  • Succession planning
  • Implementing emerging technologies
  • Contract manufacturing
  • Importing / Exporting
  • Company HR and policy
  • Market research
  • Tech transfer
  • Crowdfunding


Guidelines for Workshops:

Workshops should be optimized for a 1-2 hour timeframe and for 20-30 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 2018, as well as a platform for publicizing your expertise to conference attendees.

To apply to present a workshop at Startup Maine 2018, please fill out the form below.

Applications are due by April 30, 2018.