BANGOR - Dozens gathered Tuesday night on the Husson University campus as entrepreneurs and innovators pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges at the 'Big Gig' event.
Big Gig is a partnership between the towns of Orono and Old Town, along with the University of Maine, Husson University and Blackstone Accelerates Growth.
Tuesday night presenters had to give what's called an elevator pitch, meaning no Powerpoint or handouts.
With a maximum of five minutes groups had to speak about their business and why it is unique.
"We make everything from scratch," Bruce Chamberlain, co-owner of Stone Fox Farm Creamery, says. "We make our ice cream mix from scratch, buy our milk from a local dairy farmer right in town. It's a win, win situation for all of us."
Also in attendance were two classes from Husson's business school, there to learn more about the techniques of pitching ideas and how to sell a company.
"This is an inclusive, not an exclusive, event," Nancy Forster-Holt, an assistant professor at Husson University, says. "When they see what the pitchers go through, and the advise from the judges, they understand what it means to sell a business. I hope to see more Husson students at these events in the future."
The Big Gig finale will be held April 8 at the Foster Center for Student Innovation on the UMaine campus.
The overall winner there will receive $1,000 to help expand their business.