Big Gig is Back! Kicking Off the New 2020 Season Virtually


Last Tuesday we kicked off the 2020/2021 Big Gig season with another amazing virtual pitch-off, and we expect to keep the ball rolling with pitches on our virtual Zoom platform for the remainder of the season!


The first entrepreneur of the night was Heather Desjardins of i-Tell Alert, which makes wearable technology for seniors that helps keep them safe & independent by reminding them to use their walkers. Second to go was Nick Jensen of Medallion Bioplastics, a company that's creating biodegradable plastic utensils made of crustacean shells that compost in your backyard. Third to pitch was Cherie Scott of Mumbai to Maine, which is Maine's first Indian-inspired culinary brand that is ready to launch its Indian-simmer sauces based on heritage family recipes.


During this pitch-off, we had three amazing business professionals judging the event and giving constructive feedback to the entrepreneurs. Our panel of judges included Katie Shorey, Director of Engagement for Live and Work in Maine and President of Startup Maine; Amy Leshure, Investment Officer for Maine Technology Institute; and Jenifer Litteral, President of Coffee Hound Coffee Co. and winner of Big Gig's COVID-Edition. While the judges deliberated, Chris Morley, Owner of Mason's Brewing Company, entertained the audience with stories of the company's entrepreneurial journey and how they've been surviving during the pandemic!

After the audience and judges voted for their favorite entrepreneurs, Cherie Scott of Mumbai to Maine was named the winner, received $500 sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank, and will move on to pitch in the Finale for $5,000! Thank you to our Bootstrapping Sponsors, Maine Technology Institute and Eaton Peabody, and other awesome sponsors, to our fantastic judges, and everyone that tuned in to watch!

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