Office of Public Affairs

Leveraging University Resources for your Startup

Small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to know more about business and technology development services available to them through a new university and business incubator collaboration are invited to attend a free seminar, “Leveraging University Resources for your Startup,” scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 19, in the John Mitchell Center on the University of Southern Maine’s Gorham campus.

These services are available through Campus Ventures, a new, grant-funded collaboration between the Department of External Programs in USM’s College of Science, Technology, and Health, and the Portland-based incubator, the Maine Center for Enterprise Development (MCED).  This technology commercialization program will be supporting four small companies and entrepreneurs per year with targeted technology and manufacturing development services.

For more information, contact Gregory Cavanaugh, program coordinator of the USM Department of External Programs, at 780-5450, gcavanaugh@usm.maine.edu.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with an hour for networking. Following the networking hour, there will be two panel discussions. The first dwill include a panel of business development and technology commercialization experts who will lead a discussion about partnering with the University System for business and technology development. The second panel will include current Campus Ventures entrepreneurs and project managers who will speak of their experiences working within the program.

The application process for the upcoming year will also be discussed. The Campus Ventures program will be accepting applications from new entrepreneurs who are interested in participating in 2011-2012.

Presenters at the symposium will include: Don Gooding, the MCED executive director; Mike Wing, the director of External Programs at USM; Leonard Agneta, director of the Maine Patent Program at the University of Maine School of Law; Stan Farrell, Wizbe Innovations; Michael Kasputes of the Maine Small Business Development Centers; Karen West, SBIR/STTR Consultant; Lyndsay Grace-Sanborn, Ruby Moon Laundry; Michael Goldman of Wealth Gathering; Joe Migliaccio of Maine Technology Institute; and Samantha Langley-Turnbaugh, the associate vice president of research at the University of Southern Maine.