The University of Maine works hard to help student entrepreneurs grow and expand both before and after graduation. If you are interested in starting a business or non-profit, contact UMaine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation and learn about all of the resources available to help you succeed.
Sea & Reef Aquaculture
Sea & Reef Aquaculture was founded in 2003 by then student and now marine biologist Soren Hansen. The company was started because of a love for the coral reefs and desire to help protect it. Starting as a student start up right on campus Soren and his team are now located on the beautiful coast of Maine in UMaine’s Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research. They are the first marine ornamental fish farm in New England. They specialize in culturing only the highest quality marine ornamental fish for the aquarium hobby. Through careful research and dedication their team of marine biologists brings you saltwater fish of optimum health and vivid color. Learn more at seaandreef.com
Spark! collects ideas from community members and then explores and supports those ideas that help make communities more vibrant. Spark! fosters strong relationships among community members, municipalities, small businesses, artists and other stakeholders. Spark! is focused on the Bangor region. Spark! is the brain child of Jennifer Hooper, a grad student completing an Intermedia Master of Fine Arts, who along with a team of dedicated students and community members, are bringing a number of projects including murals in downtown Bangor and a “water-fire” type festival to life in our community.