Founded: June 2014
Organizer: Jess Knox

Dates: Sessions are held one evening per month from about 6:00-9:00PM by invitation only. Anyone can apply as we invite a new group for every event. Details provided with invitation.

House of Genius Maine debuted at Maine Startup & Create Week in June 2014. If you wish to participate in future sessions, please apply to present a project/business or contribute feedback now.



Jess Knox
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Since January 2014, Jess has assisted Blackstone Accelerates Growth with the growth of its innovation hub program as its Statewide Innovation Hub Manager. Building on his work as a co-founder of the StartUp Portland website and “digital watering hole,” Jess works to build intentional and sustainable communities of innovation and entrepreneurship. He founded Olympico Strategies in July of 2012 to help companies and organizations manage growth and change by taking a system-wide relational approach to growth, change and performance. Prior to that, Jess worked for over a decade in government and public policy, including the U.S. Small Business Administration.

He received a Juris Doctorate from the University Maine School of Law, pursued a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Public Organization Management from the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service, and received a Bachelors Degree in Politics and Government from Ohio Wesleyan University. He grew up in York, Maine, but now resides in Portland, Maine with his wife Kate and son Edson.






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Session Dates

  • April 21, 2015
  • May 19, 2015
  • July 21, 2015
  • August 18, 2015
  • September 15, 2015
  • October 20, 2015
  • November 17, 2015
  • December 15, 2015

All events are in the evening in Portland, Maine.