Thirteen startup companies moved on to the semifinals, and will compete in the final stage of the Greenlight Maine competition in June, 2017.
Greenlight Maine is a TV competition on WSCH6 on Saturday evenings at 7:30. After various rounds where new businesses pitch their ideas to panels of different experts every week the best pitch is given a $100,000 cash purse. The semi finalists also recieve mentoring as the panel widdles down who should move forward in the competition.
It's really the first time start ups have recieved media attention on TV in Maine to this extent.
"In our first two seasons, over 140 prospective companies have been vying for the coveted prize purse as well as received priceless mentoring from some of the most admired corporate and community leaders in our state," Brian Corcoran, a partner in Portland Media Group, which created the show.
Portland Media comprises Corcoran's company Shamrock Sports & Entertainment; Nat Thompson, former producer/owner of WCSH-6; and Con Fullam, an executive TV producer and music composer.
The Season 2 semifinalists are:
- American Unagi, Sara Rademaker, Thomaston
- McDermott Shapes, Ryan McDermott, Scarborough
- Tip Whip, Spencer Wood, Bangor
- Bluet Maine, Michael Terrien, Jefferson
- Mobility Technologies, Ryan Beaumont, Brunswick
- Izzy's Cheesecake, Jim Chamoff, Portland
- Herbal Revolution Farm, Katheryn Langelier, Union
- Switchdown, Jon Hanson, Durham
- Foodwise, Leland Stillman, Portland
- Surge Hydro, David B. Markley, Belfast
- Springpoint Solutions, Troy Locke, Portland
- Wag Rags, Chris Voynik, Readfield
- Truck Task, David E. Grant, Brewer.
Corcoran noted that more than the winner benefits. Millions have been invested in companies that have appeared on the show. In the first two seasons more than 140 prospective companies signed up to compete for the prize and mentoring. Corcoran's P.R business isn't doing to bad, eaither.