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Big Gig was a big deal

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Chuck Carter of Eagre Interactive Chuck Carter of Eagre Interactive edge photo by Kaitlyn Furge

Innovators gathered on the Husson University campus on Feb. 11 for a chance to share their ideas and win some cash. It was the final preliminary round of the Big Gig Networking and Pitch Night, and the atmosphere was electric. It was a head-to-head competition to give the best elevator pitch. The winner of the night would receive $100 cash and a ticket to the finale in April where $1000 would be up for grabs.

Competitors could not use hand-outs or power points. Instead, they had five minutes flat to communicate their plans and ideas. A panel of 'Big Wigs' could then question them and give constructive criticism. The power to choose the winner was given to the audience, however. 

Chuck Carter gave the first pitch of the night. Carter is working on a non-violent video game that would focus on exploration. The game would branch off into an even bigger idea: starting a gaming company in Bangor. 

'If nothing happens in any of these meetings, if no one gives us anything, this game is going to be done,' Chuck Carter said. 

'We're gonna put [the game] up on Steam, we're gonna have it finished. We're going to basically still start this company, it's just gonna take a lot longer than if we did get some help from people locally,' said Carter. 

One of the brains behind the KahBang festival, Tim Lo, pitched a concept for an app most people in Maine could use. The app, Plow Now, would allow people to schedule times for plow drivers to clear their driveway. The idea is still in the beginning stages, but Lo says that a need is evident. 

Other pitches of the night were given by Jessica Jewell of Twenty 2 Vodka and Bruce Chamberland of Stone Fox Farm Creamery. At the end of the night, the audience voted that Jessica Jewell had given the best pitch, moving her on to the finale. 

There was more to the night than just competition, however. It was a chance for the business owners to raise awareness about their new ideas, and an opportunity to network. 

'One of the reasons that we decided to do this was ...  we really want to start connecting innovators and entrepreneurs,' Jesse Moriarity said. Moriarity is the coordinator for the Foster Center for Student Innovation on the University of Maine campus. The Big Gig finale will be held there on April 8. For more information about Big Gig events, you can like them on Facebook at

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