top of page

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

PayPal ButtonPayPal Button
bottom of page