April 2017 Edition
Featured Founders........CityLIFE nature kits
CityLIFE nature kits creates nature-based alternative education curriculum, interweaving multiple topics and blending them seamlessly for the child's experience. The duo started their company with monthly subscription kits that included nature-based activities for kids, particularly for those living in cities..
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Bragging Rights
~Top Gunner Dr. Joshua Henry of GO Lab Inc., wins March's Big Gig and also receives a $25,000 Maine Technology Institute Seed Grant to develop their wood fiber insulation board!

~CityLIFE nature kits, a Bangor Top Gunner, bags first order with an institution after maiden visit to American Montessori Society’s Annual Conference in San Diego, CA.

~Former Top Gunner Spencer Wood of Tip Whip wins 2017 American Small Business Championship hosted by SCORE. Read more here.
New Face at the UpStart Center
Welcome Veena Dinesh, the new Director of Business Incubation with the University of Maine! Veena will primarily work with the established tenants at the UpStart Center for Entrepreneurship and other facilities to help entrepreneurs identify and achieve their milestones. She will also lead programs to encourage and support entrepreneurs on campus and in the region. 
Local Events
* April 12- Entrepreneurial Talk with CEO and Creator of Luke’s Lobsters

* April 18- Big Gig Finale with Guest Speaker Chris Kilgour, Founder & CEO of C&L Aviation Group

* April 20- Lunch & Learn- Learn about Search Engine Marketing with Ken Kimball of Links Web Design over lunch.

* April 20- Pitch Positioning- How to engage an audience with your idea’s story with Matt James, founder of CourseStorm
The UpStart Center for Entrepreneurship is a partnership of the University of Maine and the Bangor Target Area Development Corporation. The Center offers office & lab space, events, workshops, and  business coaching & mentoring for entrepreneurs growing scalable businesses.