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March 05, 2020

The CEI Women's Business Center Launches Propeller, a Tech Incubator for Female Entrepreneurs

March 5, 2020 (Brunswick, ME) – The CEI Women’s Business Center is now accepting registrants for Propeller, a new program designed to support women in the ideation and development of tech-based businesses.

Propeller is a hands-on, 8-week program with the goal of helping women take their business ideas in the technology sector from zero to lift-off.

Propeller participants will receive guidance on their ideas from developers, designers, and business advisers, as well as round-the-clock support from program facilitators, all at no cost. After the program, participants will receive ongoing support and become part of a growing community of other exceptional alumnae in Maine who can help them to build their business.  Participants do not need a background in technology or any specific experience or expertise to participate in Propeller.

“At the CEI Women’s Business Center, we believe that tech for everyone should be made by everyone,” said Anna Ackerman, Program Developer. “We recognize that female entrepreneurs continue to face unique challenges in starting and growing businesses and that these challenges are amplified in the technology sector. We created Propeller to provide guidance and build a network that supports the participation of women in technology.”

The program, which begins March 25th, will meet at CEI’s offices in Brunswick, Maine and will be co-facilitated by Anna Ackerman of the CEI Women’s Business Center and Nick Rimsa, a Waterville-based software designer who is the co-founder of Jumpstart Maine and an instructor of product and software design at Colby College.

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About the CEI Women’s Business Center

The CEI Women’s Business Centers offer experienced, knowledgeable business specialists who provide assistance at any business stage, from start-up to expansion. Services include one-on-one advising, business workshops and peer groups, and connection to resources for business startup and growth throughout the State. Entrepreneurs seeking advice from the CEI Women’s Business Center are matched with an advisor based on their business needs. CEI advisors work in-person, by phone and virtually. More at

About CEI

Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) helps to grow good jobs, environmentally sustainable enterprises and shared prosperity in Maine and in rural regions across the country by integrating financing, business and industry expertise, and policy solutions. CEI envisions a world in which communities are economically and environmentally healthy, enabling all people, especially those with low incomes, to reach their full potential. More at

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