Odigo is a University of Maine spin-off company founded in 2006 by Susan MacKay, Don MacKay, and Karl Bishop. The company's core technology is a patented, odor-absorbing, paper coating, which they're currently utilizing in a composting starter kit.
Garbage to Garden is a curbside composting service headquartered in Portland, ME that was founded in August 2012 by Tyler Frank. Garbage to Garden was founded to fulfill the mission to make household composting so accessible, clean, easy, and rewarding that everyone would compost. Frank started the business out of his East End apartment with 17 participating households and a pickup truck, and today the company services 7 towns including 1 in 7 curbside households in Portland.
Founder: Tyler Frank Rep: Kendall Hinkley
Meet The Judges
Dan Koloski is a software industry veteran, and is currently Senior Director of Product Management for Oracle. Previously, Dan was CTO and Director of Strategy for the Web BU at Empirix, which he helped spin out and sell to Oracle in 2008. Locally, Dan is co-owner of the Maine small business STAGES, the Treasurer of PortFringe and President of the Stroudwater Village Association. Dan holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
As president of Hancock Lumber Company, Kevin Hancock leads a sixth-generation family business that has operated since 1848 and continues today running 10 retail stores and three Eastern White Pine sawmills. Under his leadership, Hancock Lumber has been recognized as the Main International Trade Center’s Exporter of the year, the Maine Family Business of the year, awarded the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence, and most recently received the ‘Best Places to Work’ honor for the second year in a row.
Mary Allen Lindemann
Mary Allen Lindemann is the Co-owner/Community Builder of Coffee By Design (CBD); a Maine owned and operated specialty coffee roastery/retailer, which she co-founded with her partner, Alan Spear, in Portland, Maine in 1994. Committed to changing the world, one cup of coffee at a time, CBD has five coffeehouses and a micro roastery, which provides customers with sustainably sourced, craft roasted coffee. In addition to serving some of the world’s finest coffee, Coffee By Design is committed to running a sustainable business dedicated to the arts, the environment, and social change – both here in Maine as well as around the world at origin where they buy their coffee.