We are the accelerator for visionary founders who disrupt the status quo in Maine.

Our startups excel with the guidance of some of the most respected mentors and advisors in business, academia, and venture capital.

Congratulations to our Inaugural Pitch Competition Winner!

bluShift Aerospace Announced Winner of Dirigo Labs Inaugural Pitch Competition Prize of $25,000

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Announcing the first cohort of businesses joining our accelerator

From aerospace to software as a service to pizza and more, we are thrilled to welcome our inaugural cohort.

Meet our first cohort

Dirigo Labs is:

Featured mentors:

Chris MacKenzie

Executive Vice President

Jeremy Barron

Former Founder 3Play Media

Amber Lambke

Co-founder and CEO Maine Grains

We connect entrepreneurs with resources to launch well and thrive.


Innovation Hub

Immerse your startup in Dirigo Labs’ center of entrepreneurship in downtown Waterville, where our startup accelerator, coworking space, and entrepreneur residency program converge along the Kennebec River.

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Entrepreneurial Community

Bond with fellow startup founders, connect with seasoned entrepreneurs who’ve been in your shoes, and network with investors who want to support your growth.

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Innovation Ecosystem

Capitalize on wrap-around partnerships for your startup’s long-term growth and sustainability, whether it be R&D initiatives to develop new IP or site location services to find the perfect new headquarters.

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Tell us about your startup.

The first Maine Startup Census is underway! We’d love to hear from you about your business.

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