January 6, 2020


A company is only as great as its best employees. And with today’s increasingly competitive job markets, how can a startup attract the perfect employees?

With an unemployment rate below 3% in some st...

July 23, 2019

About three-quarters of venture-backed firms in the U.S. don’t return investors’ capital, according to recent research by Shikhar Ghosh, a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School.

Let that sink in: Three out of four startups fail.

So how do you ensure that your startu...

July 23, 2019

“Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

You have the perfect idea for a startup. Before the fundraising, before the research and development, before the marketing, you need to find some...

June 13, 2019

When setting out as an entrepreneur to establish a scalable business, there is no better way to increase your chances for success than to participate in the cohort-based benefits provided through a business accelerator. Below, we'll detail what you can expect from acce...

April 8, 2018

Scratchpad welcomed John Burns, Managing Director of the Maine Venture Fund to its headquarters recently to talk with our entrepreneurs about governing their companies. John has over 30 years of institutional investing experience, and specializes in corporate governanc...

April 6, 2018

Last month Scratchpad welcomed to its headquarters Julie Harris, a community editor from the Bangor Daily News with over 39 years experience. At scratchpad she taught the entrepreneurs how to craft press releases and other community news so it will be published. Julie...

March 25, 2018

Scratchpad welcomed Success Strategist/Coach Lanette Pottle to its headquarters to talk about the power of productivity. Lanette has over 18 years experience in human resources, and has witnessed firsthand the role productivity plays in creating a successful business....

February 12, 2018

Last month, our Scratchpad entrepreneurs had the opportunity to learn about employment law from a diverse group of experts. This subject is especially relevant to the growing SP companies, as many of them are just starting to think about employing new help as their ope...

February 5, 2018

Today, more than ever, it is important to focus on how we can support, foster, and utilize the skills that are inherent to all women. This is especially eminent in the business world, as women add great value to entrepreneurship in Maine. There is a proven correlation...

January 10, 2018

When the Scratchpad companies are planning for the future of their scalable businesses, we consistently focus on what their barriers to entry are.  Barriers to entry are the aspects of a company that make it more difficult for others to imitate. The higher these barrie...

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Jason Harkins

Managing Director



Lisa Liberatore

Managing Director​





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