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Innovation and Economic Development

The University of Maine Office of Innovation and Economic Development helps support new and existing businesses.  We link businesses and industry experts; facilitate commercialization activities, such as new innovations developed at UMaine; and help transfer university research and development into marketable products and services. Our work helps innovation across Maine grow, which creates future innovators and new jobs, and enhances the state economy. The office also is a responsive liaison, facilitating the relationship between the University of Maine at large and elected officials.

Accelerating businesses

UMaine’s goal is to help you build, grow and expand your business in Maine — whether you’re launching a start-up, a company developing a new product or an industry expanding your workforce. UMaine can help.

Engaging students

Find out how the University of Maine helps students, our future innovators, find their passion through hands-on learning and real-world experiences across research and field work, internships and co-ops, scholarships and business opportunities.

Community impact


Use our interactive map to learn more about how the University of Maine makes a difference in your community. From students and researchers to projects and partnerships, learn how UMaine makes an impact across Maine as part of its statewide mission.

Assisting Faculty

The University of Maine assists faculty with industrial sponsored research and technology transfer activities.

Click here to notify our office of a new invention or other development with potential commercial or licensable applications.

UMaine Matters

UMaineMatters is a collection of testimonials showcasing the resources and services offered by the University of Maine and its partners.

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