September 25, 2015

This was an exciting week in Scratchpad Land...the accelerator entrepreneurs were oriented, on-boarded, in-taked, and possibly, a little overwhelmed (at least just at first).


It was a week of transitions and "get to know yous."  The entrepreneurs transit...

September 16, 2015

A Scratchpad contingent recently returned from MIT's Global Founders Skills Accelerator Demo Day.  Why? To see how some of the "other guys" were doing theirs.  (Seeing an event is much more valuable than reading about it.)  MIT has run their program...

September 4, 2015


Imagine you’re sitting in a conference room and four people are leaning in and listening intently to you as you speak; another person is present through Skype.  Spread on the tables in front of them are copies of your company’s marketing materials, financials, and Scr...

August 25, 2015




It's been a while since we've posted an update, but it's not because things haven't been happening!  The truth is that the Scratchpad team is working so fast, furious, and focused that it's been a challenge to stop and tell the world about it.


The big...

August 7, 2015


Introducing the top 10 reasons why your startup team should apply to the Scratchpad Accelerator!  

  • Expertise: Access to the advisors you need (legal, marketing, organizational, production, etc.) when you need it.

  • Support: Daily assistance/support from staff...

August 4, 2015

Here at Scratchpad, we run a pretty tight operation.  We’re a team of three “do-ers” plus a handful of advisors from UMaine and MTI.  


Up until last Friday, the do-ers—Jason, Jesse, and Jennifer (aka “J-Cubed”)—created a hard-core, tight-knit team that has seamles...

July 28, 2015

Searching for people who might want to join our team began a bit like dipping our toes in water: hesitantly and tentatively.  Our team had been operating smoothly at warp speed all summer long. What would it be like to disrupt the known?  How would "New Guy" fit in?  W...

July 25, 2015

Here at “Scratchpad Headquarters” (a secret classroom at UMaine in Orono)--where we thrive on seltzer water, wasabi peas, and Google Hangouts--we’ve been working to grow our team.  We’ve known we needed more “manpower” to get the accelerator up and running.  The challe...

July 22, 2015

An important part of developing Scratchpad is figuring out what other accelerators are doing.  Last week, we talked to staff at an accelerator at Texas Tech.  Great insights, but theirs is heavily focused on students and faculty, so it doesn't exactly reflect the exper...

July 17, 2015


If you read yesterday's post (This thing is for real!) you may remember that I mentioned that we lined up a chance to share our exciting news on the radio.


We owe a debt of gratitude to Don Cookson, the host of The Pulse Morning Radio Show on 620 AM, for getting...

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Jason Harkins

Managing Director


Lisa Liberatore

Managing Director​




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