Applications are now being accepted for:  

Application Deadline: January 12, 2018 Hurry! A limited number of participants will be selected for each location.  

Now is your chance to join a unique program with unlimited opportunities to ACCELERATE your business growth in 2018 and beyond. 

What is Top Gun?

Top Gun is a four-month program that combines mentoring with high-impact weekly gatherings.

Applications are being accepted now through January 12. The program begins in February.

WHEN Weekly sessions run from February 7 – June 6, 2018  

WHERE Sessions will be held in: • Portland • Bangor • Brunswick • Lewiston  

COST $500 per team (just 10% of actual cost of the program)  

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE In 2018, thanks to a donation by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, aquaculture businesses participating in the Brunswick program will receive a $200 scholarship, and pay only $300 for the program.

Are you looking to grow your business in 2018 and beyond? 

Apply for Top Gun 2018 for an exciting opportunity! Top Gun is a program designed for entrepreneurs with a strong interest in successfully growing their businesses. 

Top Gun 2018 is looking for Entrepreneurs like you, looking to accelerate business growth by:

  • Working closely with mentors
  • Connecting with business experts
  • Listening to successful entrepreneurs discuss vital topics and applying lessons learned
  • Workshopping with mentors and peers
  • Sharing perspectives with others facing similar challenges
  • Developing and practicing pitches  

Does this sound like you?

What to Expect

This intensive entrepreneurship program provides participants with the opportunity to meet weekly for networking, workshopping and mentor meetings over a catered dinner. 


  • Opportunities for developing and practicing world-class investor and sales pitches 
  • Brief presentations by experienced entrepreneurs 
  • Lively discussions on diverse business topics 


  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Legal Issues
  • & More!

How the Program Works

  • Submit a short online application by January 12, 2018.
  • Interviews will take place in each region between January 16 – 20, 2018.
  • Top Gun sessions run February 7 – June 6, 2018.
  • The program concludes with a statewide competition: Top Gun Showcase (See details below.)

Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in a fun, high-profile competition offering a cash prize of $25,000!

About the Top Gun Showcase Competition

Top Gun Showcase brings together a statewide community of 300 to celebrate and encourage high potential entrepreneurial teams. Two entrepreneurs are selected through a round of semi-finals in each location to give a five-minute pitch in front of panelists.  

Finalists are provided with a venue for promoting their businesses to the “Who’s Who” in entrepreneurship in Maine, including: 

• Leading funding agencies • Bankers • Angel investor club members • Other service providers • Members of the press

The winner receives a $25,000 CASH PRIZE 

Does Your Business Have What It Takes?

Of the 175+ companies that have been through the Top Gun program since it began, 40% were already generating revenue, at an annual rate of up to $1 million.  

Many others were in product and business model development, with a few still in research or product and business model definition stages. Top Gun teams have included twenty-somethings, AARP-demographic entrepreneurs, and every age in between.  

Previous Top Gun Graduates 

Previous participants have included technology companies, innovative food companies, as well as service companies with a unique twist, some of which include:

• Garbage to Garden, a Greenlight Maine winner • Bixby & Co., a Gorham Savings Bank LaunchPad winner • Rapport, the Steve Case Rise of the Rest winner • Thrivent Health, 2017 Top Gun Showcase winner

What Top Gun Graduates are Saying  

"Top gun was really essential in connecting my aquaculture focused business to Maine's broader business community."  

"What a great opportunity for Maine's entrepreneurs to connect with each other!"  

"I loved the some of the unexpected opportunities that came from Top Gun from honing in on my pitch [which has been constantly put to use!] to learning from other entrepreneurs tackling some of the same problems." ~ Sara Rademaker, Founder, American Unagi  

"As a pre-revenue start-up connecting and working with other entrepreneurs, at all different phases in the start-up process, was really encouraging."  

“The Top Gun pitch I developed, with the help of their mentors, has been the key component of the development of the vision, articulating it through practice, refining it, making connections, networking and achieving results.” ~ Carter Newell, Founder, Pemaquid Mussels/Undine Marine  

Are you ready to grow your business in 2018? 

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to: 

• Learn from local business experts • Develop and practice effective pitches • Accelerate your business growth • Compete for a chance to win a cash prize of $25,000!  

What are you waiting for?  

Apply for Top Gun 2018 Today!

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The Maine Center for Entrepreneurs (MCE) is a private non-profit founded in 1997 that helps Maine’s most promising entrepreneurs to grow through innovation.  

For over 20 years, MCE has accelerated the growth of hundreds of companies, established the largest community of mentors in Maine, and continues to offer the very best training, advice and connections. For additional information, contact MCE at 207-774-8111 or via email at