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Innovation and Economic Development

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Supporting communities

Learn more about how the University of Maine makes a difference in your community. From students and staff to projects and partnerships, find out how UMaine makes a difference.

Explore your Community

Use the interactive map to see how UMaine makes a difference in your community. Through students served, grants received, research completed, and staff hired, UMaine makes a big impact.

By the Numbers

Find out how UMaine is a major economic driver in the state of Maine through total economic impact.

Request a Tour

Find information about recent tours of UMaine labs, centers and programs that highlight the innovation and economic development initiatives happening every day, on campus and statewide. Click here to schedule a tour.

About Us

Learn about the growth of research, development & commercialization in Maine and some of the people that make it happen. 

Accelerating businesses

The University of Maine’s goal is to help build, grow and expand your business in Maine. From starting a business to creating a new product to developing your workforce, UMaine can help.

Starting a Business

UMaine can help start a business, project or invention by providing access to forms and resources.

Growing and Expanding

Looking for ways to grow and expand your business? UMaine can help identify and test new products and ideas.

Available Technologies

UMaine researchers have secured more than 100 patents, one of which may be the perfect way to grow your business.

Facilities and Equipment

UMaine offers access to many of their facilities and equipment.

Engaging students

Find out how the University of Maine helps students find their passion through hands-on learning and engaging experiences in research labs, internships, scholarships or business opportunities.

Working in Labs

UMaine’s research labs offer one of the best ways to learn in a hands-on environment with world-class faculty and staff.


Prepare yourself for the future by participating in an internship or fellowship.

Scholarships and Grants

UMaine offers scholarship or grant opportunities with a focus on innovation or economic development.

Student Entrepreneurs

Read more about UMaine students who have a passion for starting a business or nonprofit.

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Contact Information

Innovation and Economic Development
5717 Corbett Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207.581.2201 | Fax: 207.581.1479E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System