Herbal Revolution vs. Rwanda Bean

Episode 6: November 5

Greenlight Maine / Season Two

Sponsored by Maine Technology Institute

The Presenters

Katheryn Langelier
Owner / Formulator / Farmer
My name is Katheryn Langelier and I’m the owner, formulator and farmer at Herbal Revolution Farm & Apothecary. I have a MOFGA certified organic farm and herbal business located in beautiful mid-coast Maine where I use herbs and vegetables that I grow, wild harvest and locally source to create tea blends, elixir, tonics and shrubs, which is a concentrated drinking vinegar.

In 2010 Herbal Revolution sprouted from 20 years of studying herbal medicine and my passion for sustainable organic farming, food security, environmental education, health and wellness and preventative care. I’ve spent my whole life exploring Maine's various ecosystems while learning and working with plants that grow throughout the state. Therefore, I take great pride in creating healing products that reflect the incredible bounty of wild edibles and medicinal plants that grow in Maine while highlighting and supporting our small Maine organic farms and the beautiful natural Maine resources.

As an herbalist, formulator and gardener I offer and create products that I see a need for in my community. In our fast paced, high stress world supporting vitality and immune health is essential. Herbal Revolution creates products that support and nourish whole body wellness and vitality using high quality organic ingredients to create delicious products that can be used in our everyday lives.
Mike Mwenedata
Rwanda Bean Company LLC is a values-driven business founded in 2014 to supply specialty coffee products in the US and abroad. Beginning as an importer of raw coffee, the Company recently began selling its own private-label, roasted coffee products to wholesale and retail customers in Maine. By implementing a scalable and sustainable enterprise model from the farm to consumer, Rwanda Bean aims to build a strong brand identity, expand globally, and maximize returns to both investors and farming partners.

The Judges

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Brian Whitney
Brian Whitney is President of the Maine Technology Institute, a publicly financed, private, nonprofit organization established to stimulate research and development activity that leads to the creation of new products, processes and companies in the state’s seven targeted technology sectors.

He has extensive experience in economic development and legislative matters at both the state and federal level and has worked with innumerable companies, private and public sector research organizations, and entrepreneurial leaders throughout the State of Maine during his professional career. He served previously as a private sector manager and in the public sector as Maine’s Director of Business Development & Innovation, the Director of Outreach and Economic Development for U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), a Business Development Specialist for the State of Maine, and as Chief of Staff to Maine’s Senate President.

He has served on, or staffed, a number of statewide boards including the Maine State Workforce Investment Board, the Maine Economic Growth Council, Maine Innovation Economy Advisory Board, and the Maine Rural Development Authority. He is currently a board member of the Maine Venture Fund and the Economic Development Council of Maine.

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Nancy Strojny
Nancy is the Chair of the Portland, Maine Chapter of SCORE, a nonprofit organization of volunteers who serve as certified mentors for entrepreneurs starting or growing a business. She was selected as a White House Champion of Change for entrepreneurial mentorship in 2012. Nancy is the principal of Beauty Vantage, a consulting firm focusing on building brands for businesses worldwide. She offers her SCORE clients the benefit of over 25 years of business expertise in marketing and sales.

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Meredith Strang Burgess
Meredith Strang Burgess is the President/CEO of Burgess Advertising & Marketing, a full service agency located in Portland, Maine, founded in 1986. Meredith also served with distinction as a Representative from the town of Cumberland in the 123rd, 124th and 125th Maine State Legislatures, including serving as House Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee during her final term. She is a cancer survivor and involved in cancer advocacy and fundraising in addition to serving on a number of non-profit, profit and educational boards and organizations. Meredith is a Camden, Maine native, resides in Cumberland and has three grown sons.
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