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How To Participate

What is Big Gig?

  •  Big Gig is a pitch competition for early-stage startups in Maine

  • We support participants with prize money, pitch coaching, and exposure of their businesses/ideas to Maine's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

  • There are four events throughout the year, three regular events and a season finale.

  • Any early-stage startup or entrepreneur from Maine can apply to pitch

  • Little Gig, is where all of the applicants pitch their business/idea virtually

  • The top three pitchers from Little Gig then pitch their business/idea at one of the regular season virtual events in front of a panel of three judges.

  • The audience and the judges then vote for their favorite, and the winner receives a $500 check. Each of the three regular-season winners then pitches for a chance to win $5000 in the season finale. 

  

What is the Pitching Process?

 

  • Pitchers now deliver all pitches virtually over zoom (no longer than 5 minutes and no handouts or PowerPoint slides) and receive constructive feedback from our friendly panel of three local Big Wigs.

  • Regardless of who wins, all participants get lots of publicity for their amazing idea – plus the opportunity to network with other innovators, entrepreneurs, funders, service providers, and government officials.

  • The winner of the evening also walks away with a CASH prize of $500, plus a chance to compete at the Big Gig Finale for the $5000 grand prize. 


* In order to pitch at a Big Gig, anyone interested must submit an application ahead of time and participate in the Little Gig, which is held in Orono the week prior to the Big Gig

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