3 Houlton Road, Presque Isle
207-764-6561

Upcoming Events

Sat Feb 24, 2024 @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Junior Bowling League - PI Elks - FREE
Tue Feb 27, 2024 @ 2:30PM - 04:00PM
Public Youth Art Group
TopGun: Business Accelerator & Pitch Competition Applications Due
Thursday, November 30, 2023, 04:30pm
Contact 207 551 6227

The Top Gun program is designed specifically for the entrepreneur with a desire to grow his/her business and achieve long-term success through the use of the right tools, resources, and related mentorship. MCE has taken the time to develop strong business partnerships and to acquire loyal sponsorships which allow us to provide Maine entrepreneurs with the programing, mentorship, training, and knowledge they need to grow and succeed.

 

Informational Session is November 17th (12:00pm Northeastland Hotel in Presque Isle), and applications are due November 30th - Apply Here: https://mced.biz/top-gun 

 

 

What to Expect

 

 

First and foremost; expect to put in effort and to be challenged at every turn. In addition to keeping your expectations high (for both the program and your business), you can expect the following as a participant in the Top Gun program: Access to a cultivated mentor network with over 200 business professionals, high impact learning, Statewide and regional gatherings and pitch coaching and events.

 

 

TIMELINE

 

 

Top Gun is a 15-week program that combines hands-on mentoring with high-impact weekly gatherings. The program runs annually from January to May, with the application process starting in late Fall of the year prior.

 

 

ELIGIBILITY

 

 

Participants in the program are competitively selected. They are promising, coachable entrepreneurs with innovative and scalable companies. Applicants are required to undergo an intense application process, followed by an in-depth panel interview, to ensure we are providing our expertise and resources to startups with the heart and destination to succeed. All ages and experience levels are welcome to apply.

 

 

Since 2009, the Top Gun Program has had the opportunity to work with some of Maine’s most promising entrepreneurs. Here are just a few Top Gun clients from over the years.


 

 

Main Program Elements

 

 

Top Gun elements include mentorship, lessons from successful entrepreneurs, workshopping, discussions, and pitch development and practice, all of which occurs during high-impact in person and virtual gatherings.

 

 

MENTORSHIP

 

 

Participants work closely with one to three mentors, who provide guidance and answer questions along the way, while also connecting with many others in their industry who can help them to achieve their goals.

 

 

LESSONS FROM SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURS

 

 

Top Gun participants are given the opportunity to listen and engage with successful entrepreneurs as they discuss vital business topics, and then apply what they’ve learned to their own businesses.

 

 

WORKSHOPPING

 

 

Participants workshop with their mentors and other peers in the program throughout the five-month period to come up with strategies and plans of action to accelerate their businesses.

 

 

DISCUSSIONS

 

 

Participants share and discuss their unique perspectives with peers facing similar challenges and issues, with a goal of brainstorming better ways to address and overcome the obstacles they face.

 

 

PITCH DEVELOPMENT/PRACTICE

 

 

Participants work together with mentors and peers to develop effective pitches, and to practice delivering them in a powerful and action-inspiring manner. Mentors provide successful pitching techniques, as well as guide and provide feedback to participants throughout the program.

 

 

ANNUAL SHOWCASE EVENT

 

 

Top Gun participants will have a chance to deliver their pitch or showcase their business to an audience of over 300 potential investors, business leaders, and journalists, and may even walk away with the $25k prize!

Location Northeastland Hotel 436 Main St, Presque Isle, ME 04769

Office Hours

Tue - Fri :
09:00 am - 04:00 pm

Sat - Mon :
CLOSED

Address & Contact Info

3 Houlton Road
Presque Isle, Me 04769
(207) 764-6561
[email protected]