Idea Development & Commercialization

The Office of Innovation & Economic Development is the destination for any faculty or staff member looking for assistance with their intellectual property, from research to creative works. 

We understand that every idea is different and the pathway to bringing it to the public is different as well. That’s why we work with you to create a custom roadmap that includes tools and resources designed to set you up for success. From licensing, patenting, copyright, and startups, we are here to help.

Featured Programs

Commercialization Training Series   

Commercialization Training Series is a professional development series aimed at faculty interested in commercializing their research. Participants can earn a completion certificate by attending all 4 core workshops and 2 of the 6 electives. The core workshops will focus on commercialization pathways, University agreements and policies, intellectual property bootcamp and idea validation while the electives are focused on: Grant writing and Funding; Entrepreneurial Businesses; SBIR/STTR Workshops; Industry Collaborations and Licensing; Commercialization in Education, Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts; or Ethics in Commercialization.

I-Corps Program   

National Science Foundation has selected UMaine as Maine’s first I-Corps Site. The Site activities help foster innovation and entrepreneurship by providing faculty and students with the tools and guidance needed to identify valuable opportunities in market for your STEM based research. I-Corps Program at UMaine is curriculum based on Lean Launchpad and Innovation Engineering. Teams selected are provided with tools such as Business Model Canvas, guidance on customer discovery and Innovation Engineering tools to better understand the commercialization possibilities for an innovation and/or idea. Selected participants are awarded grants to conduct customer discovery interviews and to develop a basic prototype.

Maine Innovation and Research Technology Accelerator (MIRTA)   

Through grants awarded by the University of Maine Research Reinvestment Fund, teams are selected through a competitive process to participate in an intensive 16-week program to accelerate the transition of their research into not only commercial-ready products but also develop strategies for commercialization. Teams participate in many exercises including customer discovery, market analysis, prototype development, technology evaluation, and more.

Startup Support   

If you would like to start a business or are evaluating the idea of starting one, the Innovation team offer assistance to faculty, staff and students. These business incubation services include:

  • Structured business coaching with UMaine’s Innovation Team from idea validation to market entry
  • Access to expert mentors
  • Identifying and assistance with funding opportunities
  • Access to talent

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