It's true.

Portland, Maine is awesome.

And we've got the startups to prove it.


5 Minutes with Tyler Frank

Posted on 07 Aug 2014 in entrepreneur, interview, startup | 0 comments

President of Garbage to Garden How did Garbage to Garden come to be? What was the spark that ignited your company? Before Garbage to Garden, I was living in a small apartment on the East End in Portland with no space to compost. One day a roommate commented to me that she wished composting could […]

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“Pay it Forward!” An interview with Kerry Gallivan, CEO and Founder of Chimani

Posted on 15 May 2014 in entrepreneur, interview, raising money, startup, Startup Portland, tech | 1 comment

  By Liz Trice Chimani designs online guidebooks, audio tours, and maps of national parks. The company has developed apps for 14 national parks plus Baxter State Park in Maine. Its uses a “freemium” pricing strategy, providing free online content, but charging fees for off-line usage. I caught up with Kerry at Crema Coffee in […]

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Ignoring the Audience: Gorham Savings Bank’s $30,000 Launchpad contest

Posted on 07 May 2014 in entrepreneur, raising money, startup | 0 comments

Gorham Savings Bank’s annual Launchpad event took place on April 10th. Five entrepreneurs, chosen from 130 submissions, seven minutes to pitch.  No slides, win or go home, $30,000 on the line.  Nervous? First off, I thought Gorham Savings Bank did a great job hosting the event.  There was no charge to attend (and as a matter […]

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“Heroes are people who get up again” Interview with Ogden Morse of AcademicMerit

Posted on 30 Apr 2014 in entrepreneur, interview, raising money, startup, tech | 0 comments

BY LIZ TRICE AcademicMerit is the developer of a suite of online professional-development, assessment, instruction, and learning solutions focused on literacy in grades 6-12. The company has seven full-time employees in downtown Portland and serves more than 6,000 students and 100 teachers in school districts throughout the Northeast and California. I caught up with Ogden […]

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Partnership out of Startup Weekend: Interview with Buoy Local

Posted on 09 Apr 2014 in civic entrepreneurship, entrepreneur, interview, retail, startup | 0 comments

By Liz Trice Buoy Local is a Portland company that sells gift cards that can be used at over 60 local retailers in Portland. Since launching November 30, 2013, they’ve sold over $40,000 in gift cards and $20,000 has been redeemed. Merchants pay an annual fee (about $300-$750) to accept the card based on size […]

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