The Foster Center for Innovation is the hub of innovation-focused activities at the University of Maine and the state’s leading resource for innovation and commercialization, serving both the campus community and outside businesses and organizations.

The base for UMaine programs and services that support entrepreneurship, business development and commercialization of university research, the center offers academic courses in innovation open to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to a student business incubator. It also is the birthplace of an innovation curriculum that has been adopted by companies and other universities around the world. The Foster Center provides courses, training, coaching and consulting to students, faculty and staff, startups and established organizations, helping them develop the skills needed to effectively create, test and actualize ideas.

A new resource for Maine's entrepreneurs!

UpStart Navigator logo and station graphicUse the UpStart Navigator (www.upstartmaine.org/navigator) to help you find resources, from training to funding, most relevant to you. The Navigator, designed as a “streetcar map,” is for both entrepreneurs in the Bangor/Eastern Maine Region and those anywhere in Maine seeking statewide resources. Click on the link and then on the Navigator “station” for a quick tour of this interactive guide!

Do you know someone who is changing the world? Nominate them today!

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Always actively recruiting for I-Corps!

I-Corps helps foster innovation and entrepreneurship by providing faculty, staff and students with the tools and guidance needed to identify the market opportunity for their STEM-based research. Interested in learning more?

Click here for program details and an application.

Student business spotlight: Ferda Farms