About the Commercialization Training Series

A collage of photos showing different UMaine research innovations with a blue text box in the center: Research to Real World Commercialization Training Series

Are you a Maine researcher with an innovative idea, cutting-edge technology, or unique curriculum? Do you have particular expertise or services to offer, but aren’t sure how to do it? 

Join us for the Commercialization Training Series, a collection of professional development workshops that will walk you through the process of delivering a product or service to the world and working with external partners.

This program is targeted for graduate students, faculty, and staff members across the University of Maine System, as well as members of other Maine research organizations. All are welcome!

We offer four core workshops and seven elective options. Participants can earn a completion certificate by attending all four core workshops and two of the seven electives. 

Core workshops:

  1. Kickoff to Commercialization
  2. Intellectual Property Bootcamp
  3. Working with External Partners
  4. Idea Validation


  1. Grant writing and Funding pathways
  2. Entrepreneurial Businesses
  3. SBIR/STTR Workshops
  4. Industry Collaborations and Licensing
  5. Commercialization in Education, Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
  6. Ethics in Commercialization
  7. Regulatory Pathway for Medical Devices

Workshops for the current semester

All Commercialization Series workshops this semester will be offered via Zoom. Simply register below, and we will send you a link to attend.

Core workshops

Kickoff to Commercialization – 9/22/22

Learn the fundamentals of research commercialization, understand the various pathways to the marketplace, get exposure to Maine and national resources designed to assist, and learn about additional professional development offerings planned for the year.

Idea Validation – 10/13/22

New innovations based on cutting-edge research have a high failure rate because they focus on the wrong needs or even the wrong end user. In this workshop, you will learn how to use Innovation Engineering tools to test your assumptions and validate that they align with end user needs, wants, and expectations.

Elective Workshops

Industry Collaborations and Licensing  – 12/1/22

Universities and companies have become more interested in forging long term collaborative relationships. Learn why there has been an increase in collaboration and the mechanics of cultivating and improving the effectiveness of such partnerships

Register to attend Commercialization Training Series workshops