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The role Startup Maine plays in the ecosystem; what we're seeing/hearing from founders, what we need to do to promote Maine as a vibrant tech scene; how we work with the state and what other gaps have been identified. How can consultants help startups.
Maine's startup ecosystem is at a pivotal point. There are many organizations and initiatives that exist to support entrepreneurs, but we need more talent, incentives, capital, mentors & storytelling. It's going to take a village (and a vision) to promote Maine as a tech startup destination - and we see the annual conference (in 2022) playing a large role in this effort. As we think about the differing needs of main street business (small-to-medium enterprises) and high-growth/scalable companies, what can the state, service providers and support organizations do to help support & enable the momentum of these companies? How can local consultants better serve startups & founder
About Our Speaker:
Katie Shorey is an ecosystem builder and startup advocate in Maine. She is active in many economic development initiatives to help foster innovation and entrepreneurship. She serves as president of Startup Maine, a nonprofit that serves as a convener, educator and catalyst of the Maine startup ecosystem.
In addition to this work, Katie is Director of Engagement of Live + Work in Maine (LWM), and a proud boomerang. She returned to Maine after working in Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA. Prior to LWM, Katie was the business & community liaison for People’s United Bank and then worked at WEX on the New Business Ventures team.
In 2020 she was named to Mainebiz’s NEXT List. She serves on the advisory board of Maine Accelerates Growth, and is a board member of the Portland Community Chamber. She attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY and Fryeburg Academy.
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