32 Companies Selected for Annual Statewide Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program

January 7, 2021

Maine Center for Entrepreneurs and Partners Announce the 2021 Top Gun Class

(Portland, ME) The Maine Center for Entrepreneurs (MCE) along with its partners, the University of Maine, the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation at Thomas College, announced today the 32 businesses selected for the Top Gun 2021 Class. Beginning in 2009, Top Gun has helped over 200 Maine entrepreneurs launch and grow their companies.

Entrepreneurs selected for each region completed an application process that included submitting a pitch deck, pitching their business, and one-on-one interviews with program staff. Before the program begins in early February, each business will be matched with a mentor. Top Gun consists of “hands-on” training and group learning exercises taught by subject matter experts in finance, business law, marketing, and other critical aspects of business development.

MCE is pleased to announce this year’s Top Gun participants:

108dlt, Inc. – Bhaskar Mukhopadhyay I
DenVantage Small Business – Dan Steinke                   
Farmington Underground LLC – Joseph Musumeci     
Intra – Emerald Forcier                   
Iris Data Solutions, LLC – Joy-El Talbot   
Medallion Bioplastics LLC – Nicholas Jensen    
The Co-Parent Co-Op – Emma Richardson  
The Scone Goddess, LLC – Veronica Stubbs    

111 Maine – Jennifer Banis                                               
Community Staffing Partners – Mohamed Awil, Azenaide Pedro, Abel Dias 
DimeRise – Jennie Hatch   
Slicpix – Joan Drappeau
Summer Feet Cycling – Norman Patry
Sweet Cakes Bake Shop – Tara Kieger
The Maine Jerky Company – Maria D’Auria

Brave Foods – Cooper FitzGerald 
DuraBike, LLC – Brenden Westin          
Freeward – Ginny Marvin     
Halo Med, LLC – Jason Hine                    
Maine Foodie Tours – Pamela Laskey   
Mallard Enterprises – Daniel Peabody Harrington  
North Hopes, LLC – Stephanie Noyes
Right Here Wellness – Jonathan Scott
Solid Pitch – Dragos Stancu 
Tidal Bore – Josh Fox                 

HusseyMedical, LLC – Bob Hussey                  
SledTRX – Jake Warn                                         
SubLocal – Reilly Kons                                   
The Acadian – Chris Cavallari
The Cubby – Josh Kim
The Good Crust – Heather Kerner
Wela – Michele DiGirolamo

Top Gun is supported by corporate and non-profit sponsors, the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, local businesses, partner economic development organizations, and dozens of volunteer advisors and mentors around the state. Additionally, the Maine Technology Institute has provided a $25,000 cash prize to be awarded at a final statewide Showcase pitch-off to be held in May 2021.

About Top Gun and MCE:

Top Gun is an annual program for competitively selected entrepreneurs that combines mentoring with high-impact weekly learning sessions held in Portland, Bangor, Lewiston/Auburn, and Waterville. Beginning with just a dozen entrepreneurs in Portland in 2009, Top Gun has helped 200+ entrepreneurs across the state accelerate their businesses.

MCE was established in 1997 to build and lead a community of growth-oriented businesses in Maine by providing the training, connections, coaching and mentors. Over its 20-year history, the organization has accelerated the growth of hundreds of businesses and established a mentor network of over 200 members. In 2020 alone, MCE served 34 Top Gun startup companies, and 23 later-stage food industry companies that participated in our Cultivator and MarketShare programs.