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Dirigo Labs: A Regional Technology Accelerator Program

An innovation hub that combines an entrepreneurship center, co-work space for remote workers, and loft apartments in a walkable downtown creates an energized space where digital workers can connect, collaborate, and build momentum toward a vibrant digital economy ecosystem.

As a public-private economic development partnership fostering a robust mid-Maine economy, CMGC is organizing the tech industry’s ability to transition the post-manufacturing economy through the Dirigo Labs (DL) initiative. Through this initiative, DL will galvanize mid-Maine’s unique diversity of academic institutions and tech firms to develop a startup accelerator that harnesses the entrepreneurship and digital skills of our students, graduates, academic faculty, and business owners to build a sustainable tech and innovation hub that powers a thriving rural economy.

Utilizing local assets including the world-class Colby College and Bricks Coworking & Innovation Space, a hub for entrepreneurs and tech workers, DL will:

  • • Build a startup accelerator with cohort members representing diverse industries
  • • Cultivate a mentor network that produces in-depth mentoring sessions
  • • Facilitate access to investment capital and deal flow
  • • Marshal academic assets to develop workforce and tech talent pipelines

DL Resources

Dirigo Labs Overview Memo

Dirigo Labs in the Media

Bricks Coworking and Innovation Space

For more information about Dirigo Labs, including interested and/or prospective Dirigo Labs cohort members, please contact director@centralmaine.org

Maine Startup Census

Central Maine Growth Council (CMGC) has initiated a survey to evaluate the activity, needs, and goals of developing entrepreneurs in both the Central Maine region and statewide. Interested parties can provide feedback regarding a variety of topics, including startup needs, business development, educational training and entrepreneur support, and investment objectives. The overarching goal is to evaluate how CMGC and area institutions can more effectively engage investors, funders, and partners to bring more resources and support to Maine-based entrepreneurs.

For entrepreneurs and startups interested in providing feedback, the survey can be found live here.

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