MCE Food Accelerators at Natural Products Expo East September 21-23rd, Philadelphia Convention Center
MCE’s inaugural Maine Entrepreneurs Summit; a half-day event celebrating Maine entrepreneurship. The summit kicked off with “Perfecting Your Pitch” Workshops, followed by Keynotes and a Fireside Chat with John Harthorne, Founder/Managing Director of Two Lanterns Venture Partners, and founder of MassChallenge; Hannah Pingree, Director, Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future; Brian Whitney, President of Maine Technology Institute and Tom Rainey, Executive Director of MCE. The day continued with a trade show style event showcasing the 2023 Top Gun entrepreneurs and culminated with the 2023 Top Gun Pitch Contest where Reach My Teach took home the $25,000.00 prize.
Our inaugural Maine Food Producer Showcase was held on June 9, 2022 at Thompson’s Point in Portland, MEApproximately 300 people (food industry buyers, distributors, investors and business resources) attended this valuable B2B event, celebrating and showcasing 42 of Maine’s emerging Food and Beverage companies participating in MCE’s Food Accelerator Programs. Attendees were able to meet with Maine’s food & beverage producers and food industry leaders, taste a wide variety of delicious Maine-made products including grains, produce, proteins, pasta, sauces, seafood, sweets, snacks and beverages, and discover new business opportunities. The first Maine Golden Fork Awards were also announced at the event for Best in Retail, Best in Foodservice and Best New Product.
MCE’s Maine Food Producer Showcase will be held every other year, so stay tuned for 2024!