Meet The Entrepreneurs

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Matt James

Parents, rejoice! Signing your kids up for classes, camps, and activities is now painless thanks to CourseStorm for Kids. You no longer need to fuss with stamps and envelopes, call during business hours, or visit 8 different websites just to register your child. Instead, you can go to one website, find all local kids programming, and sign up using a single online account — all on your own schedule. It’s not just simple, it’s impossibly simple.

Founders: Matt James, Brian Rahill
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Alexander Chasse

Revolution Research

Revolution Research Inc. is a research and product development company based out of Orono Maine. They focus on creating eco-friendly materials for the construction and packaging industries. The company was founded by Nadir Yildirim, a PhD candidate at UMaine, and Alexander Chasse, a civil engineering graduate from UMaine.

Founders: Nadir Yildirim, Alexander Chasse

Meet The Judges

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Dave Anderson
Dr. Anderson is Managing Director of Supply Chain Ventures, LLC, a venture capital and consulting company specializing in marketing, sales and supply chain software investing. He is a retired managing partner of supply chain consulting at Accenture, a global technology consulting company. He serves on the Board of Directors of Descartes Systems Group, of Waterloo, Ontario, Steelwedge Software , of Pleasanton, California, Aiko Biotechnology, a Portland, Maine drug development company, Placester of Boston, Massachusetts, NBD Nanotechnology of Boston, Massachusetts and is Board Chairman of Control Group, a New York City-based digital media technology consulting company. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees and Treasurer of the University of New England and a member of the Boston College Technology Council. Dr. Anderson received his Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Econometrics and Finance from Boston College and his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Connecticut.
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Bob Montgomery Rice
Robert “Bob” Montgomery-Rice, President and CEO of Bangor Savings Bank, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Human Resources Management Certificate from the University of Maine. Prior to joining Bangor Savings Bank in 2004, he held roles at Fidelity, CambridgePort Bank, BankBoston and Baybank.

Montgomery-Rice is a Leadership Maine Alumnus, Rho Class and sits on Maine Development Foundation’s Leadership Maine Advisory Committee. He is an appointed member of the Maine Broadband Task Force, a member of the Maine State Chamber Board and Maine Economic Research Institute (MERI), The Bangor Historical Society Board of Directors, and is the Chairman of the Maine Bankers’ Association Creditor/Benefit Trust.
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Michelle Neujar
Michelle Neujahr is the Director of the Entrepreneurial Center at Southern Maine Community College. In this role she oversees the business incubator program, leads entrepreneurial initiatives at the college and runs the SMCC Launch or GROW Small Business Success conference, which she founded in 2013. Michelle is also the founder and President of The Business Renovation Company, a leading provider of corporate training and business consulting services. Michelle has a BA in Mass communications from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and an MBA from the University of Southern Maine.
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