PORTLAND, Maine, January 16, 2020 – The Maine Center for Entrepreneurs (MCE) along with its partners, the University of Maine, Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Focus Maine, Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GRMI),  The Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation at Thomas College and Maine Center Ventures, announced the 44 entrepreneurs selected for the 2020 Top Gun Program. The competitive selection process included both a written application and an interview with Top Gun program regional coordinators and their panelist groups.

 Bangor – Regional Sponsor: First National Bank

Bub ‘n Mutha’s, John Fuhrman
Coffee Hound Coffee Co., Jennifer Litteral
Gel Hydration Technologies, Inc., Laura Lockwood
Let’s Go Bagz, Suzie Milkowich
TrustedRentr, Steven Doman & John Peters
Sign26, Daniel C DeLuca & Nieves Perez Besu
Treadwell Corporation, Gerald Collins

Brunswick – Craft Beverage – Regional Sponsor: Bernstein Shur
Blue Barren Distillery, Andrew Stewart
Heritage Seaweed, Josh Rogers
Lincoln & Main Inc., Thaddeus St. John
NU Brewery LLC, Russell Voss
The Whole Almond, Myranda McGowan

Brunswick – Aquaculture – Regional Sponsors: Maine Aquaculture and
Innovation Center & Maine Aquaculture Association
Aphrodite Oysters, Krista Tripp
Butterfield Shellfish, Austin Donnelly & Keith Butterfield
Kaskolos Sea Vegetables, Theodore Willis
Maine Island Aquaculture, LLC, Hannah Twombly and Connor O’Neil
Maine Ocean Farms, LLC, Tom Klodenski
Mere Point Oyster Co., Derek James Devereaux
Southern Maine Sea Farms, Phil Demers & Jessica Pinckney
Wayne Seafoods, Robert Mitchell

Lewiston/Auburn – Regional Sponsor: the Cities of Lewiston/Auburn
Binding Tales, LLC, Hillary Dow
Caribbean Life Grocery, Sophia Bailey
Cooking to Gather, Kristina Slocum
Cosplay Convention Center, Benjamin Santos
Dog-a-holick, Laci Barnett
Journey, Carolyn Delaney
LiteracyTech Inc., Michelle DeBlois & Kathryn Lariviere
Yardduck, Mark Parker

Portland – Regional Sponsor: Preti Flaherty
LAW Calibration, Louis Waterhouse
Lorraine’s Cakes LLC, Tyler Cote
Maine Casual, LLC
Maine Company ( to remain anonymous)
Mumbai to Maine, Cherie Scott
Paramount Planet Product LLC, Ariadne Dimoulas & Claudia Lowd
Readiness Associates, LLC, Mike Boardman
SeaME LLC, Mariah Curtis
Story Culture, Andrew Griswold
Transcapsule, Tobey Tozier
UNAR Labs, Hari Palani

Waterville – Regional Sponsor: Central Maine Growth Council
BrightHer Way, Susan Hunter and Colleen Maguire
Candy Hollow, Jason & Lydia Stevens
Crooked Face Creamery, Amy Rowbottom
TreeFreeHeat, Dylan Veilleux
Trusted Estate Advisors, Scott Greeley

The Top Gun program assists entrepreneurs in successfully growing their businesses through a combination of structured classroom curriculum and in-depth mentoring. The program culminates in a final Top Gun Showcase event in May, featuring finalists selected from six regional pitch-off events. The Showcase winner will receive a $25,000 cash prize sponsored by the Maine Technology Institute.

About MCE: 

Founded in 1997, MCE is an independent non-profit organization based in Portland that helps the most promising Maine companies launch and grow through training, connections, and “hands-on” support from dozens of volunteer advisors and business mentors.  Please visit www.mced.biz.