Maine Start Summit

Do you have a business idea?

Designed to transform ideas into prototypes, Maine Start Summits are three-day hackathons that support collaboration between curious, driven people from all over Maine.

The Summits are fun and fast-paced weekend events where you’ll experience what it’s like to build a startup team and race to develop a business—all with the support of experts and colleagues and fueled by good food!

Plus, cash prizes are awarded to the first and second place teams for both Summit tracks (Theme and General).

Photography: Annabelle Collette

I cannot underestimate the power of networking, and the value it brings to a fast, 48-hour weekend business incubator program like the Maine Start Summit.

Sara Languet

Maine Start Summit Attendee

Program Details

Cost: Registration is only $25 and includes summit participation, food, beverage, and swag items.

Duration: The summit takes place over three days.

Awards: Cash prizes are awarded to the first and second place teams for both Summit tracks (Theme and General).

Programming includes:

  • Introduction to Design Thinking Workshop
  • Prototyping Workshop
  • Building an End User Profile Workshop
  • Pitch 101 Workshop
  • 2+hours of access to subject-matter experts and mentors
  • Real-time feedback from judge panelists during pitch competition


Who can attend the Maine Start Summit?

Anyone over the age of 18 and interested in startups is welcome and eligible to register for the Maine Start Summit. Students, retirees, community members, small business owners, employees of larger businesses looking to upskill come together to brainstorm and develop an idea.

What if I can only attend part of the weekend?

You can register to join a team or just join us for the pitch competition and networking event. We would love for you to attend as much of the weekend as possible and are willing to open the space to as much of the weekend you are able to attend.

Is the Start Summit intended to develop my current business?

No. While the Maine Start Summit will equip participants with the entrepreneurial tools and resources that can be applied to current or future ventures, teams will not be working on existing startup companies.

What food will be provided at the Maine Start Summit?

While at the Maine Start Summit you can expect dinner Friday and Saturday evening, as well as breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Light snacks and beverages will be available on-site throughout the weekend. We will accommodate those with dietary restrictions, allergies, or religious preferences.

Is transportation and/or lodging available for the Maine Start Summit?

No. Transportation to the event, as well as hotels or lodging, will not be offered. If you are looking to carpool, contact us and we can try to connect you with others from the same area.

Maine Start Summit Supporters

If you’d like to discuss support and involvement opportunities, please reach out to Chris Wolfel at [email protected].

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