ORONO, Maine — The Big Gig Networking and Pitch-Off Event for Innovators and Entrepreneurs will take place 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Verve, 2 Mill St.
Big Gig is a partnership between the towns of Orono and Old Town, the University of Maine, and Husson University.
Series sponsor is Blackstone Accelerates Growth. Prize sponsor is the University Credit Union.
Big Gig’s goal is to create a network of innovators and entrepreneurs who wish to make positive change and bring economic impact to local communities.
Attendees will network, meet other innovators and entrepreneurs, and those in the
community willing help and be supportive. Attendees also can participate either by pitching an idea or voting for a favorite.
Entrepreneurs must sign up ahead of time to deliver a three-minute elevator pitch — no PowerPoint or handouts — about their business or idea. The deadline for pitchers to submit an online application is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct 4.
Pitch coaches will meet with pitchers at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at Eastern Maine Development Corporation and offer free pitch coaching to prepare them for the big day. Every Big Gig applicant is invited to the coaching session whether or not they have been selected to
pitch at the event.
On the evening of the Big Gig, each of three selected pitchers will deliver his or her pitch and receive constructive feedback from a panel of local Big Wigs. But ultimately it’s the audience who decides who the big winner of the night is.
At each of the first three pitch-offs, the winner will receive $100 that night, plus a chance to compete at the Big Gig Finale for the $1,000 grand prize.
The Big Wigs panelists will be different at each event. At this first Big Gig, the panel will include:
• Emily Cain, coordinator of advancement, University of Maine Honors College.
• Don McCann, technical manager, Environetix.
• Dr. Charlsye Smith Diaz, assistant professor, professional and technical communication, University of Maine.
Admission is free.
Other session in the series will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Dec. 10 at Kosta’s in Old Town; Feb. 11 at the Dyke Center for Family Business, Husson University, Bangor, and April 8 at the Foster Center for Student Innovation, University of Maine.
More information is available at the Big Gig website, on Facebook and Twitter.