Contact: Nicholas Brown
About: At the CCAR, we have one of the most extensive facilities available to aquaculture businesses anywhere. The facilities are available both to established companies looking to diversify or test new ideas and also to those companies in the start up phase. Industry partners may want to use a few tanks for a few days or weeks to carry out specific trials or whole building for multi-year projects. The facilities can be used to test out processes and new products for aquaculture. Unlike other business parks, aquaculture business incubation facilities need supplies of filtered fresh water and sea water, discharge capacity, water treatment, storage and distribution systems and various types of buildings designed specifically for aquaculture systems equipped with complex climate control systems, tanks, filters etc. We also have an experienced staff with knowledge of rearing technologies, holding systems, growout and hatchery design etc. In addition, typically, we will assist industry partners in applying for outside funding for their R&D projects and will help design and manage R&D projects from basic research, all the way through to design of full scale commercial farms.
Contact: John Rebar
About: As a trusted resource for almost 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System. UMaine Extension helps support, sustain, and grow the food-based economy. We are part of the nationwide Cooperative Extension System, which works through the land-grant universities in each U.S. state. Maine’s land-grant university is in Orono at The University of Maine. In addition to our state offices in Orono, we have a network of county-based offices staffed by experts who provide practical, locally based solutions for farmers, small business owners, kids, parents, consumers, and others.
Contact: Jake Ward
About: The Department of Industrial Cooperation (DIC) provides access to the people, skills, equipment and facilities necessary for problem solving and research and development to more than 125 companies in many different industries. DIC helps UMaine achieve its goals of research and public service, while avoiding conflicts of interest with the private sector and ensuring that the University is compensated for private use of its state-supported resources. DIC arranges all fee-for-service work. This office can match companies with the appropriate expertise and facilities on campus and provide help with coordinating problem solving, prototype development, pilot production.
Contact: Jesse Moriarity
About: The Foster Center for Student Innovation is the home to Innovation Engineering®. Working with students, startups and established businesses we provide the knowledge, tools, and confidence to help you create meaningfully unique ideas no matter what your field, career or passion! For businesses – the Innovation Engineering system will allow you to reboot and restart your profits and optimism by teaching you a reliable system for innovation. Innovation Engineering is a complete system where all elements of creating, communicating and commercializing work together in synergy. The problem is that innovation can be slow and risky, but we’ll teach you how to reduce risks and increase speed to market with tools to help your team think smarter and more creatively.
Contact: Hugh Stevens
About: Our goal is to connect Maine businesses and communities to the tools they need to recover from economic and natural disasters, develop solutions to prevent future hardships, and to create sustainable frameworks so these enterprises may thrive in the future. We hope that businesses and communities that benefits from our services will join our network and help give back to other struggling Maine enterprises. The ultimate goal of KTA is to evolve from a relief and recovery program to a community and business development partner that will help create a more sustainable Maine economy for the future. The types of companies or public programs that are likely to desire a relationship with KTA are manufacturing, construction, tech based organizations, waste management, retail, transportation and storage, food and lodging, and wholesalers. Please be advised that KTA is not a funding agency.
Contact: Renee Kelly
About: The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) is advancing Maine’s economy by facilitating the creation of new ideas and products through research and development, the growth of new companies, and support for existing companies. We accomplish this mission by:
• Helping faculty and staff find and obtain sources of research funding
• Connecting businesses, research organizations, economic developers and individuals with the expertise and resources of the University of Maine
• Supporting the commercialization of University of Maine research through intellectual property protection, technology transfer, entrepreneurship training, new venture formation, business incubation, and economic development activities
Contact: Michael Hastings
About: The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs aids faculty and staff in seeking and administering funding for research grants, contracts, and other extramural funding. The office serves as the applicant, contract negotiator and signatory authority for the University in such matters, as well as providing grant accounting services once an award is made.
Contact: John Koskie
About: The mission of the Target Information Technology Incubator is to provide information technology firms with access to the resources they need to grow and attain long-term success within an environment that fosters information technology development, commercialization and successful business management practices.