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Jan 19th Forum - Financing Maine's Clean Tech Sector

  • Thursday, January 19, 2012
  • 7:15 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Abromson Center, USM, Portland


(depends on selected options)

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What are the best financing models for your business? 
  • What are the most effective ways to finance technology development through the long lifecycle?
  • How can you prevent promising technologies from withering on the vine?

      Technology start-ups, firms experiencing growth, and other businesses seeking capital will have these questions and others answered at this special two part event. Investment and finance professionals will provide current and relevant information about the state of investing in Maine, private and public commercial lending opportunities, and the availability of grants for businesses.


      7:15-8:00 Registration/Networking
      (continental breakfast served)

      8:00-9:30 PART I: Panel Discussion
      State of Lending:
      • Financing beyond conventional bank lending-- Mike Finnegan, Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
      • Accessing loans & other financing -- Stephen Lovejoy, Maine Small Business Development Center
      State of Capital:
      Venture capital availability and angel investing--Don Gooding, Maine Angels
      State of Grant Making: 
      Private and public grant funding--Betsy Biemann, Maine Technology Institute

        9:30-11:30  PART II: Break Out Sessions

        [NOTE: Choose from two of the three topics to determine whether this source of funding is right for you and if so, how to succeed in obtaining it. Changes will be allowed the day of the forum]


        • Mike Finnegan--Coastal Enterprises, Inc. 
        • Bill Schad--Senior Loan officer, TD Bank Portland
        • Charlie Emmons--FAME
        • Stephen Lovejoy--Maine Small Business Development Centers

        Investors & Capital

        • Don Gooding--Maine Angels
        • Nat Henshaw--Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
        • Jayme Okma Lee--Small Enterprise Growth Fund (venture capital)


        • Betsy Biemann--Maine Technology Institute
        • Paul Scalzone, Workforce Solutions program, Coastal Enterprises, Inc. 
        • Karen West, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs


        Who Should Attend?

        • Entrepreneurs:  What sources of funding are available to grow your business? 
        • Companies looking for solutions:  How can you partner with startups to help you both prosper?
        • Investors:  Where will you find long-term assets?
        • Venture capitalists and private equity investors: How and where does it make sense for you to play in clean tech?
        • Professional service providers:  law firms, accountancies: network with your future clients
        Abromson Center, USM


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