Veena is the Director of Business Incubation at the University of Maine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation. Veena provides business coaching support to entrepreneurs in their early stages of forming a business enterprise and helps them set milestones to create commercially viable business ventures. She is also involved in supporting entrepreneurial activities by providing access to resources and programs available for innovators on campus and in the Bangor region.
Veena comes with global experience in nucleating and nurturing early stage technology and knowledge based companies from ideation to market entry. She is passionate about cultivating innovation and entrepreneurship in the community. She has a diverse range of experience in working with technology as well as arts startups.
James Beaupré, Ph.D.
James Beaupré is the University of Maine’s Innovation Engineer, the first such engineer world wide. In addition to creating, communicating and commercialize meaningfully unique ideas for the University of Maine, Beaupré currently instructs courses in innovation and chemical engineering. His scientific background is in paper making processes specifically in water removal and is a patented inventor in the field. Beaupré has a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Maine (2007) and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Maine (2012).
Fiscal and Administrative Officer
Chris Coplin oversees and supervises all departmental bookkeeping and accounting of more than 300 project accounts with annual revenues exceeding $4.1 million. Coplin also manages office staff personnel and is the contact person for the department.
Grant Manager and Fiscal Officer
Karen Lidral is responsible for reviewing industrial contracts, purchasing materials for all Office of Innovation and Economic Development projects, and managing grants received in the department. Raised in Saco, Maine, Lidral is a 2005 University of Maine graduate with a bachelor’s degree in music. Lidral has worked at UMaine since 2006, and currently works remotely from Boise, Idaho.
Innovation Outreach Manager
As the Innovation Outreach Manager, Angela supports the innovation and economic development initiatives at the other six University of Maine System campuses in addition to working with organizations on how to lead innovation systems. Angela also oversees the strategic and day-to-day marketing and communication efforts, as well as manages the Innovate for Maine Fellows program. The Innovate for Maine Fellows program brings students and companies together through the University of Maine to collaborate on innovative projects that will accelerate company growth and give students a paid, meaningful, hands-on internship experience while providing subsidies and project support to participating companies.
Angela received a Bachelor’s in English from Coastal Carolina University and went on to earn a Master’s in English from the University of Maine..
Entrepreneurship Events & Marketing Coordinator
Emma is the Marketing Manager for Bangor Area Target Development Corporation and is also the president of Odigo, one of the incubating companies at the UpStart Center for Entrepreneurship. She began her work with Odigo as an Innovate for Maine fellow, and eventually took over the day to day operations of the company, which is working to bring a new home composting solution to market.