2022 Team Bios

Meet the team who’s bringing you Blitz!

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Leslie Poake, CPA
Blitz CoFounder
Partner at LG&H, Certified Public Accountants

Leslie Poake is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant. She changed her field to public accounting after years of running for-profit companies as well as financial management of nonprofits. Leslie puts her business experience to use working with owners of businesses of all sizes. Her clients include businesses in many industries and all stages of the business life cycle, and she has has a particular interest in the startup community. Leslie has also helped to organize Big Gig Junior, a pitch contest for seventh grade students presented in conjunction with the Big Gig Finale.

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Jason Harkins
Blitz CoFounder
UMaine Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Builder in Maine

Dr. Jason Harkins is the Co-Managing Director of Scratchpad Accelerator (a program aimed at helping scalable, investment-oriented firms grow), Co-owner of CoVort (Bangor’s exclusive downtown co-working space), and Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Maine. He is also on the board of UpStart Maine, has been a judge for Greenlight Maine, and helps startup companies focus on developing their businesses. Jason’s teaching and research interests relate to the intersection of strategy, entrepreneurship and small business management. His latest research focuses on human capital acquisition and retention in new, small firms and entrepreneurial exits.

Ashleigh Briggs
Owner – Briggs Solutions for Business & CoVort

After 10 years of working in EdTech start-ups, including CourseStorm, one the 2019 Maine Start-Ups to Watch, Ashleigh started a consulting firm focusing on providing an array of solutions to help businesses achieve their goals. Having grown up in and around a family-run business in Central Maine, she has always had a passion for working in and supporting entrepreneurship. She’s worked with two scalable technology startups while also supporting local entrepreneurs through her work as the chair of Bangor area’s Solve for B: Entrepreneurial Meet-Up and as a Maine Small Business Development Certified Business Advisor.

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Monique Bouchard
Owner – Monique Bouchard Design & Madame History

Monique Bouchard is a marketing and communications consultant specializing in creative outreach solutions for growing organizations. For more than 20 years, she has worked for and with marketing agencies, educational and nonprofit organizations, most recently at CourseStorm, an EdTech startup and one the 2019 Maine Start-Ups to Watch. She currently serves as the senior content specialist for Web Canopy Studio.

Monique is also the proprietress of Madame History, which brings the past to life with unique and entertaining excursions, events, and educational experiences.