Thursday, 09 August 2018 15:13

Dozens tour the new Upstart Center Featured

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ORONO - Entrepreneurs and business owners had a chance to tour the newly renovated Upstart Center facility in Orono Thursday.

The center's purpose is to help all startup businesses interact with and learn from other companies and business owners.


The University of Maine partners with the upstart center which works with start-up companies in the community that have an innovative business.


Director of incubation at the University of Maine Veena Dinesh said, "We help them with business coaching, access to what's available at the university. The other part that we do is connection to mentors."


President of the University of Maine Joan Ferrini-Mundy said they're excited about the economic development opportunities that this is bringing to the stat of Maine.

She said an upstart center is a great place for students to see what it's like to be part of a company formation, "See how to take some of the basic research and applied research out into the market and into commercialization."


Daniel Finnemore who owns Box of Maine said the upstart program was the push he needed to get out of his home office, "It's been great for job coaching and mentorship there's lunch-in learns. I just got accepted into the incubator program and so they're going to help me with anything I need help with in growing the business."


"They say that for every job that's created you create five other jobs in the community, and that's what we need we want them to stay in the state of Maine so things like this were we help them we're encouraging supporting them with what they need that's what the center does," said Dinesh.


One Navy-funded research company has various locations but is using the space at upfront so they can be closer to the University of Maine to help with their projects.


Engineer Tro Zangle said, "It's a very convenient space for us so we just needed a small office and this is very conveniently located very close to UMaine so it'll make it very easy to use their facilities and partner with them."


"I see us growing and continuing to be a place where the university is in a position to partner well with companies and companies that are envisioning getting started across the state," said Ferrini-Mundy.


Shonna Narine

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