The Bangor Daily News reported on the Big Gig and spoke to the first two winners of its pitch-off events. The Big Gig is designed to bring together Bangor-Orono area innovators and entrepreneurs and offer networking opportunities. It was started by a partnership between the University of Maine, Old Town, Orono and Husson University and is supported by Blackstone Accelerates Growth. UMaine students and married couple John and Christine Carney won the second pitch-off event for their business Through Thick and Thin, which offers quirky acrylic cupcake toppers, jewelry and ornaments. Christine Carney said it’s invaluable to get feedback from other entrepreneurs in a face-to-face setting. Sarah Newcomb, a doctoral student at UMaine who won the first pitch-off event for a phone app she developed, said the Big Gig event gave her the opportunity to get encouragement and specific next steps for her idea.