Scratchpad Accelerator has announced the four companies that will take part in its first female-focused entrepreneurial-training program.
The accelerator issued a news release Friday afternoon announcing the cohort. It includes the names of the four startups, but no additional information about the companies or founders. I’ve discovered what I could through my own searching, but will update this article when more information is available.
The four startups will be:
- True North Beauty, a Maine-based skincare products company.
- Herbal Revolution, based in Maine, produces herbal tonics and elixirs.
- Parkupine, a mobile app that allows parking-space owners to rent their spaces to other drivers. This company appears to be based in Norfolk, Va.
- Sofia Fima, a handbag designer based in Lewiston.
Dianna Pozdniakov, founder of Sofia Fima, and Katheryn Langelier, founder of Herbal Revolution, both participated in the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development’s Top Gun program this year and both made it to the final Showcase event.
Scratchpad launched in Bangor in 2015 and worked with a single cohort of four startups before taking a two-year hiatus. In August, it announced that it would relaunch this fall with a new focus on female entrepreneurs, which will be a first in Maine.
Participants in Scratchpad will have access to up to $1 million in perks and in-kind services through the Global Accelerator Network.
“The curriculum will not only provide the vital mentors with the targeted expertise I need to grow my business, it is going to provide me the confidence I require to scale and compete in this competitive environment,” Heather Lux, founder of True North Beauty, said in a statement.