Dirigo Labs hires Conterato as project and innovation network coordinator

WATERVILLE — Dirigo Labs is pleased to announce the appointment of Jake Conterato as Coordinator of the Projects and Innovation Network. A startup accelerator in Waterville, Dirigo Labs is committed to regional innovation and entrepreneurial growth. Jake will create a network of advisors, investors, entrepreneurs and businesses that align with Dirigo Labs’ vision for the region. As Senior Communications Coordinator, Conterato will focus on engaging the local community and cohort members to achieve this goal, as well as developing effective operational strategies for Dirigo Labs.

“Jake’s passion for entrepreneurship is evident in helping startup founders and bringing new ideas to the Dirigo team,” said Susan Ruhlin, CEO of Dirigo Labs. “He is the perfect liaison between the Colby College community and the Accelerator and is a wonderful addition to our staff.”

Prior to joining Dirigo Labs, Conterato was a project coordinator at Tortoise Labs, a central Maine-based incubator where entrepreneurs go from idea to working prototype. At Tortoise Labs, Conterato has helped clients through the development stages of their startups by connecting them with the right resources and building customer acquisition and retention strategies.

“We have worked closely with our clients to help bring their ideas to life,” Conterato said. “I’m incredibly excited to continue working side-by-side with entrepreneurs who are passionate about their start-ups and helping them build something of their own right here in Maine.”

The position is funded by Colby College, Conterato’s alma mater. “As someone who graduated in the midst of the pandemic, I’m grateful to have the opportunity to work with Colby College again,” he continued. At Dirigo Labs, Jake will be a liaison with Colby College, working closely with Colby and Dirigo Labs to promote the organizations shared vision and commitment to growth in Central Maine.

The cohort of innovation-based start-ups will participate in targeted mentoring sessions and an entrepreneurship-focused program. They will also have the opportunity to leverage the expertise of accelerator partner institutions, student interns, and the general business community in the region to grow their businesses. For more information about Dirigo Labs, please visit http://www.dirigolabs.org.

Dirigo Labs is a Waterville-based regional startup accelerator. With a mission to grow Central Maine’s digital economy by supporting entrepreneurs who build innovation-based businesses, the Dirigo Labs ecosystem brings together people, resources, and organizations to ensure the successful launch of new startups. Dirigo Labs operates under the Central Maine Growth Council and is supported by several organizations, academic institutions and investment companies. For more information, please visit http://www.dirigolabs.org.