Click the link below to listen in to the audio from James Morin and last years winner Tom Myers appearance on the Ray Richardson Show!
James, Owen, and Greg Cavanaugh went to Mind Your Own Business Radio to discuss collaboration between UMaine and the USM to strengthen the UMaine Business Challenge. For more information please visit Campus Ventures Program website.
The UMaine Business Challenge is proud to announce that we will be partnering with the Maine Technology Institute, Blackstone Accelerators Growth, and the USM Campus Venture program to offer a technology prize for this year’s competition. The prize will consist of a two-hour coaching sessions, a $3500.00 prize, and assistance from MTI’s appropriate network members. More information can be found at the following here.
The UMaine Business Challenge has enjoyed a prosperous second year in our quest to turn collegiate entrepreneur’s dreams into a reality, while simultaneously striving to impact the economy of the State of Maine. We are privileged to have support from many arenas in the state and wanted to give our due thanks by directing you to our sponsors and supporters section of our website.
The UBC recently introduced the four finalists who will be competing during our 2013 Business Plan Competition at University of Maine (scroll below to read the announcement). It gave them an opportunity to tell us what it meant for them to win the competition; as well as what motivated them as aspiring Maine entrepreneurs.
We decided to kick things up a notch this year and allow the finalists to tell us a little bit about the business ideas they’ll be pitching on the 20th of April. Enjoy!
Over the next few years ABC Firewood will be undergoing a transformation from a small startup into Southern Maine’s leading supplier of high quality, affordable firewood. We will be accomplishing this by leveraging the high output capabilities of our custom made, proprietary processing equipment. This will ensure that our clients are receiving the highest quality wood for the absolute best possible prices. In addition to this, we will also be implementing a charitable program where a percentage of proceeds will go towards helping to heat the less fortunate.
IT’S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN!
The UMaine Business Challenge Executive team is glad to announce the finalists for the 2013 competition! One of our milestones had been to open doors to all the schools under University of Maine system. Much to our delight, multiple candidates from SMCC and USM submitted their ideas; making the screening process tougher than we anticipated. We finally decided that the following ideas should compete on April 21st for the $5,000 cash prize and $10,000 in consulting services.
In our very first video, cofounders Owen McCarthy and James Morin go over what inspired us to start this business plan competition, what the aspiring student entrepreneurs can do to compete in 2013 and what’s at stake!
As you may have heard by now, the UMaine Business Challenge has decided to expand the business plan competition to include entire UMaine System. It is true! You can read more on that on Bangor Daily News and MaineBiz
Click the player below to enjoy the excerpt!
While you’re here, also check out the pictures from April 21, 2012 competition by clicking on the image below.
- UBC Team
Lauren Abbate from The Maine Campus writes, “Brothers win UM business challenge, $5,000 prize”. Read the article
A must read for any entrepreneurs looking to compete.
The UBC Executive team supports organizations like Blackstone. The team appreciates anyone that shares in our mission; the mission to support entrepreneurial growth and business development in Maine.
Want to find out more about them? Go to their website
You have to SEARCH for positive news like this. It’s important to realize that there ARE positive difference makers out there and The Bank of Maine is one of them. $600MM! Awesome. Just Awesome.
Check out the latest project by UBC 2012 winners on vimeo!
Everyone is pulling for you. UMaine, The State of Maine UMaine Alumni, the UBC.. everyone!
The UBC recently interviewed the 2012 competition finalists. Here’s your chance to get to know them! (Click on the links below)
January 31, 2012
UMaine Business Challenge has recently been added to the website http://www.bizplancompetitions.com. Launched by JFH Innovative LLC, Pittsford, NY, the aim of their website is to keep “tabs on the most promising, legitimate entrepreneurship contests and business plan competitions occurring anywhere in the United States”.
January 29, 2012
We have added a new web page, ‘Maine Success Stories’, to acknowledge some of the successful Maine businesses that can be a great source of encouragement and inspiration for our student entrepreneurs.
January 7, 2012
The UBC founders Owen McCarthy, Matthew Ciampa, and James Morin, and the competition’s adviser Professor Jason Harkins recently appeared on the front-page of MBS Connects newsletter, discussing their views on the competition.
December 8, 2011
UMaine Today writes, “Three alums focus on encouraging student entrepreneurs and small businesses.”
September 21, 2011
“This January, the Maine Business School and the Foster Center for Student Innovation will join forces to assist the Maine Business Challenge, the brainchild of three recent University of Maine graduates.” Lauren Reeves, The Maine Campus.
September 15th, 2011
Anthony Takacs, a special correspondent to the Bangor Daily News writes “UMaine alumni organize business competition for student entrepreneurs”
September 14th, 2011
UMaine announces business plan competition!
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