Building a community of growth-oriented businesses in Maine.


Established in 1997, MCE’s mission is to build and lead a community of growth-oriented businesses in Maine, by providing the training, connections, coaching and mentorship they need to successfully grow their ideas, products and services. Over its 25-year history, the organization has accelerated the growth of hundreds of businesses, and established a mentor network of over 250 members. Highly collaborative, MCE partners with organizations across the state to foster a vibrant, diverse and inclusive Maine economy.

Meet our Team


We are dedicated to providing Maine entrepreneurs with the tools and resources they need to accelerate their businesses. Through our programming, we provide hands-on training, tools and mentoring based on specific member needs. We are also a connector, making direct connections between entrepreneurs and other organizations in Maine who are aligned to support additional growth. We are passionate about our work and strive to be a valuable resource for our member companies throughout every stage of their business.


1. Top Gun Program

The Top Gun Program is a selective entrepreneurship acceleration program aimed at Maine entrepreneurs looking to grow their startup or early stage businesses.

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2. Food Accelerator Programs

MCE supports Maine food & beverage companies through two unique Food Accelerator Programs: Cultivator and MarketShare. Cultivator is a selective program aimed at established food, beverage and agriculture companies looking to scale-up their business to the next level. MarketShare is targeted at helping Maine’s Food and Beverage companies to tap new markets to sell more products regionally and nationally.

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3. BioStartup Program

BioStartup is a program focused on providing Maine biotech, digital health, life sciences, and medical device entrepreneurs with the tools and resources they need to accelerate their business.

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4. Visionary Leadership Program

The Visionary Leadership Program is focused on assisting emerging Maine Business Leaders to overcome the challenges they face as they grow and scale.

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5. Compass Program

Compass provides Maine’s outdoor industry entrepreneurs with the programming they need to advance their business.

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6. FoodTech Maine Program

The FoodTech Maine business accelerator program is focused on bringing together Maine-based, growth-driven companies that are using technology, innovation, and/or science to improve and disrupt our traditional food, agriculture, and aquaculture ecosystem. The program will guide participants in commercializing and scaling their businesses while growing this industry in Maine.

7. Maine Mentor Network

All of MCE’s programs are supported by an established network of over 200 experienced professionals across multiple business areas.

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OUR HISTORY – Celebrating 25 Years

Today, MCE continues to grow, expand, and improve rapidly. Stay tuned to hear all our updates!