Tuesday, 13 October 2015 22:49

The Big Gig

ORONO - The upcoming Big Gig event is an opportunity for networking aimed at entrepreneurs, innovators and funders. The event also includes a pitch-off where three people who have been selected at a previous event will make elevator pitches: these have to be under five minutes and can't include any kind of hand out or power point. They will then receive feedback from a panel, and the audience and panel will vote on the winner, who will receive a cash prize. It is like a more laid back, low stakes and constructive version of the show 'Shark Tank.' The winner will also go on to compete in the Big Gig Finale for a $1,500 grand prize. But the experience will still be very beneficial to those who don't win. The feedback they receive on their pitch might mean that they'll be better prepared for the next opportunity.

'To me Big Gig is really about building that community, helping people meet each other and get encouragement to be innovative and to feel that staying in this community is something that could be really good for them. We are trying to encourage people, especially young people, to stay here and do their thing,' says Paul Riechmann of the Orono Economic Development Corporation, one of the partners for the event. 'We had a couple who won one of the competitions and they were just graduating from UMaine. They had choices; they were from away and they could have gone back, but they have bought a house in the area and do their business here. That's the kind of story we want to hear more of.'

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Monday, 15 September 2014 22:55

The Big Gig

ORONO Big Gig ( is about to enter its third year! The next Networking & Pitch-Off Event for Innovators and Entrepreneurs in this successful series promoting entrepreneurship in the Greater Bangor area will be on Sept. 23 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the new University Credit Union, 15 Main Street in Orono, headquarters in downtown Orono. And it's free.

The goal is to hold events that make sharing these big ideas a little less scary. They do this by connecting innovators and entrepreneurs with helpful, supportive folks. This event is a good opportunity for anyone who may be working on innovative products or ideas to network with other innovators and entrepreneurs, get coaching, practice pitching their ideas and even win a cash prize.

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