Building a community of growth-oriented businesses in Maine.


Established in 1997, MCE’s mission is to build and lead a community of growth-oriented businesses in Maine, by providing the training, connections, coaching and mentorship they need to commercialize and grow their ideas, products and services in an effort to drive the growth of Maine’s economy. Over its 20-year history, the organization has accelerated the growth of hundreds of businesses, and established a mentor network of over 200 members.


MCE helps innovators fill the gaps between their deep industry expertise and the strategic business skills critical to launching a scalable, sustainable venture. Maine’s unique economic and geographic challenges demand more than a traditional business incubator. They demand a catalyst, and that’s where we come in.


1. Top Gun Program

The Top Gun Program is a selective entrepreneurship acceleration program aimed at Maine entrepreneurs looking to grow their startup or early stage businesses.

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2. Food Accelerator Programs

MCE supports Maine food & beverage companies through two unique Food Accelerator Programs: Cultivator and MarketShare. Cultivator is a selective program aimed at established food, beverage and agriculture companies looking to scale-up their business to the next level. MarketShare is targeted at helping Maine’s Food and Beverage companies to tap new markets to sell more products regionally and nationally.

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3. BioStartup Program

BioStartup is a program focused on providing Maine biotech, digital health, life sciences, and medical device entrepreneurs wit the tools and resources they need to accelerate their business.

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4. Workshops Series

MCE Workshop Series are open to the general community and provide detailed, actionable training related to marketing, finance and other business topics.

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5. Visionary Leadership Program

The Visionary Leadership Program is focused on assisting emerging Maine Business Leaders to overcome the challenges they face as they grow and scale.

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6. Maine Mentor Network

All of MCE’s programs are supported by an established network of over 200 experienced professionals across multiple business areas.

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Today, MCE continues to grow, expand, and improve rapidly. Stay tuned to hear all our updates!