Call for Pitch Contest participants

Posted Aug. 29, 2011, at 5:43 p.m.

CAMDEN, Maine — Organizers of the Juice Conference are committing $125,000 in cash, prizes and investment capital to participants in the Pitch Contest, with the intention that the funds be invested in innovative businesses operating in Maine.

Juice 3.0 “Celebrating Risk,” Maine’s creative economy conference, will take place Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5, in Camden. The conference will bring together more than 800 of Maine’s most creative entrepreneurs, artists, innovators, technology experts, finance professionals and statewide leaders.

Sponsors of the Pitch Contest include the Maine Technology Institute, the Maine Community Foundation, Don Gooding, law firm Furman, Gregory, Deptula, the Small Enterprise Growth Fund, business consulting firm J.R. Belair and Co. and an anonymous donor. Collaborating on the pitch session will be Jayme Okma Lee and John Burns of SEGF, who will help organize the pitch sessions. The Pitch Contest will award $5,000 prize packages to the best company in each of five categories. Prizes will include cash and professional services. The top company overall will be eligible for a $100,000 investment.

Interested entrepreneurs may register for the conference at http://www.juiceconference.org/ and contact Skip Bates for more information. Applications must be received by Oct. 15. Participants in the pitch session will have an opportunity to explain their business plan in a confidential setting, followed by additional rounds of competition and feedback. Reviewers will include Susan Snowden, Bangor Savings Bank; John Burns, SEGF; Don Gooding, MCED; and Christopher Speh, Maine Angels.

Pitch Contest tickets cost $200 and include admission to the two-day conference. Special rates are available for volunteers, speakers, elected officials and for groups with four or more attendees. For more information, email info@juiceconference.org.

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