Surge Hydro on Thursday evening won the fourth Pitch York County business pitch contest, taking home $750 and a chance to compete in the final competition next month.
The Belfast-based company has been making headlines with its plan to use technology to leverage the country’s underutilized hydroelectric infrastructure. Last week it won a national award at the Cleantech Open in San Francisco, having won a trip there after winning the regional competition held in Boston last October.
Fyood Kitchen, a Portland startup that organizes amateur cooking competitions, took the second-place prize of $350, as well as a spot in the final event. Fyood Kitchen recently raised nearly $16,500 with a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.
Pitch York County was developed to provide a forum for entrepreneurs who live in and/or have connections to York County to practice their business pitches. The Feb. 16 event, which was held at ThinkTank Biddeford, was the fourth and last monthly event. The final event in March will feature the first- and second-place winners of the four events competing for a first-place award of $1,200 and a second-place award of $400.
Joining Surge Hydro and Fyood Kitchen in the finals will be SpinDoc, a medical-records software company that won the inaugural York County pitch night in November; Thrivant Health, which took second in November; Frinklepod Farm, which won in December; Carr Eats, which took second in December; Hallah Edutainment, which won the January event; and Autolink, which took second in January.
The sponsors of Pitch York County are ThinkTank Coworking, Opticliff Law, Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, SCORE, New Ventures, Heart of Biddeford, and Engine. Biddeford Savings is the financial sponsor.