Dirigo Labs launches inaugural cohort, spotlighting emerging technologies, manufacturing, and sustainable aerospace

WATERVILLE – Dirigo Labs has selected the 12 startup teams to participate in its inaugural accelerator class. Launching next week at Bricks Coworking and Innovation Space at the Hathaway Creative Center in downtown Waterville, the cohort will run through mid-June, culminating with a pitch event.

Startup teams were selected based on the stage of development, founder experience, and potential to scale. Dirigo Labs strategically matches the startups with a temporary board of advisors from its diverse local and national mentor networks. Founders will also attend weekly seminars while engaging in customized curriculum to execute their project plans. Seminar topics will engage a wide range of subjects, including how to utilize public-private sector grants and economic incentives, customer acquisition strategies, capital planning, and intellectual property evaluation.

“Dirigo Labs exists because this community and region of our state want to embrace entrepreneurship,” said Susan Ruhlin, Dirigo Labs’ Managing Director. “From software to biotech to aerospace and legacy manufacturing, this unique cohort of incredible companies demonstrates the breadth of what’s possible to launch in Maine.”

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