Harnessing Maine’s Riches: A Blueprint for Entrepreneurial Success

Panel Wednesday | 10:30–11:30 am | US Custom House, 312 Fore St., Portland

Portland isn’t just a tourist destination – it’s the perfect place for a startup to thrive. 

Join our panel to discover why Maine is a prime location for launching and growing your business. Hear from local investors and entrepreneurs about their experiences and opportunities in Maine’s thriving business ecosystem.

During the session, experts will share tips on how to effectively utilize local resources while finding the right partners for optimal efficiency. They’ll dive into how to find and retain top talent to fuel your business’s growth and innovation.

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with industry experts, fellow entrepreneurs, and key stakeholders as we unlock the immense potential of Maine.


  • Joe Raczka, Chief Investment Officer, York IE – Moderator

  • Rob Simopoulos, Co-Founder & CEO, Defendify

  • Anna Ford, Co-founder & CEO, Bookclubs

  • Christopher Wolfel, Associate Vice President, The Roux Institute

  • Michaela Goodwin, CFO of VETRO