Meet The Entrepreneurs

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Kate McAleer

Bixby & Co. is an artisan confectionary producer founded in 2011 to produce and sell unique natural candy bars, which consist of Kate’s creative formulas of organic chocolate + nuts + dried fruits + spices. The first Bixby Bars were developed after experimentation and trial and error in the family kitchen and are currently sold across the country in over 1000 specialty and natural food stores.

Founder: Kate McAleer
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Jennifer Scism

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David Koorits

Jennifer Scism & David Koorits

Good To-Go is the first line of all natural dehydrated meals made for backpackers, campers, basically anyone on the go. Good To-Go creates lightweight gourmet meals that are easy to prepare, just add boiling water and in 20 minutes you have a delicious meal. We use all natural ingredients, low in sodium, with no preservatives or additives. A meal, just like you would make at home, with healthy vegetables, toasted and ground spices and stocks made from fresh ingredients……Real Food!

Chef and Co-Founder: Jennifer Scism
Co-Founder: David Kooritz

Meet The Judges

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Des Fitzgerald
Des graduated from Harvard University in 1975 and attended a year of graduate school at the University of Washington, College of Fisheries, in Seattle. He moved to Maine in 1978 and founded Ducktrap River Fish Farm the following year. In 2006 he co-founded Dirigo Wind, a regional land based wind development company, along with 4 other partners and was also the co-founder and CEO of BlueMarvel Inc., an HD video company. In December of 2008, Des became the VP of Business Development for Principle Power Inc. a deep-water wind technology company based in Seattle Washington. Des currently holds the position of Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) for the Maine Venture Fund. Des has had a long relationship with volunteer boards serving on the board of The Natural Resources Council of Maine, The Camden International Film Festival, The Camden Conference, The Maine Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, Maine Businesses For Social Responsibility, Coastal Mountain Land Trust and two local school boards. Des has had a long running interest in the role of leadership in successful enterprises and has been involved in many start ups as both a partner, founder, employee and consultant.
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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is a shareholder at Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson, a 105 attorney firm with offices in Portland and Augusta, Maine and Manchester, New Hampshire where he is the Co-Chair of the firm’s Business Law Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group. Tony's work includes day to day counseling and transactional assistance to start-up, growth and established businesses involved with intellectual property based products and services. Tony is a member of the Board of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development and the Board of the Bioscience Association of Maine. Tony is an active mentor and speaker for the MCED’s Top Gun business accelerator program.
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Nancy Strojny
Nancy is the Chair of the Portland, Maine Chapter of SCORE, a nonprofit organization of volunteers who serve as certified mentors for entrepreneurs starting or growing a business. She was selected as a White House Champion of Change for entrepreneurial mentorship in 2012. Nancy is the principal of Beauty Vantage, a consulting firm focusing on building brands for businesses worldwide. She offers her SCORE clients the benefit of over 25 years of business expertise in marketing and sales.
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