Camden summit aims to invigorate Maine businesses

Posted Oct. 18, 2009, at 11:27 p.m.

CAMDEN, Maine — Juice 2.0, “Building Maine’s Innovation Networks,” will take place Nov. 13-14 the Camden Opera House.

The conference will bring together more than 500 of Maine’s most creative entrepreneurs, artists, innovators, finance professionals and statewide leaders at the intersection of technology, tradition and design for the purpose of energizing Maine businesses.

Organizers of the Juice Conference have received an anonymous donation of $30,000 that will be invested in innovative Maine businesses on behalf of Midcoast Magnet.

“One of the most exciting elements of the conference is the pitch session,” said Skip Bates, board president of conference producer Midcoast Magnet and vice president of business banking at conference sponsor Bangor Savings Bank. “We are looking to introduce startups and businesses that are expanding to potential investors and banks. Not only will the conference be a great opportunity to network, we now actually have some money to put to work.”

Interested entrepreneurs should register for the conference and contact Bates for more information. Business plans must be received by Nov. 1. Participants in the pitch session will have an opportunity to explain their business plan in a confidential setting.

The top-rated entrepreneurs then will have an opportunity to pitch their ideas to an expanded audience of investment professionals. A total of $25,000 will be invested in the winning business, and two runners-up will receive $2,500 each.

The Juice Conference will feature more than 40 panel discussions on topics including social networking, innovation, design and entrepreneurial success stories. Conference tickets are $225. Special rates are available for volunteers, speakers, and groups with four or more attendees.

To register for the conference, go to juiceconference.org. For more information, e-mail skip.bates@bangor.com.

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