Due to COVID-19, the Foster Center building is currently closed, but our staff is working. Please email us.
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.
Student business spotlight: Ferda Farms
Maine business facing uncertainty? We're here for you.
If your business is facing challenges related to coronavirus, we are standing by to help. Our staff is experienced at coaching businesses through transition, and can offer advice on areas ranging from managing cashflow and workforce during uncertain times to pivoting to find new sources of revenue or adapting services.
These services are free and available to any member of the Maine business community.
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.
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