Skip Navigation
Return to Layout View | Home | A-Z Directory | my UMaine | MaineStreet | Campus Map | Calendar
Follow UMaine on Twitter | Join UMaine on Facebook | Watch UMaine on YouTube | Admissions | Parents & Family | Apply | Give Now | Emergency

UMaine News

Site Navigation:

Third Big Gig Pitch-Off, Networking Event Feb. 11

Big Gig, the network for innovators and entrepreneurs in the Orono, Old Town and Bangor areas, is holding its third networking and pitch-off event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Husson University’s Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business in Bangor.

Three participants will be preselected to deliver a three-minute elevator pitch — with no slideshows or handouts — about their business idea to a panel of local “Big Wigs” and attendees.

The panelists — Steve Holt, owner of Shaw & Tenney in Orono; Dorathy Martel, community development specialist at Eastern Maine Development Corp.; and Cathy Conlow, city manager for the city of Bangor — will offer constructive feedback, and the audience will vote on the best pitch.

The winner will receive $100 from the University Credit Union and earn a spot to compete for a $1,000 grand prize in the Big Gig finale in April.

To participate in the Big Gig, all pitchers must take part in a Little Gig event 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3 at Eastern Maine Development Corp. in Bangor. At the Little Gig, a team of advisers will help participants polish their pitch and select three of them to move onto the Big Gig.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31. The application is available online.

The event is free, open to the public and sponsored by Blackstone Accelerates Growth. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available.

The Big Gig is a partnership between the towns of Orono and Old Town, the University of Maine and Husson University that aims to create a network of innovators and entrepreneurs looking to make positive economic changes in their communities. Learn more at


Media Resources

Popular Posts

Recent Posts

Contact Information

UMaine News
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System