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February 2017

Entrepreneur Movie Night

February 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
IMRC, Stewart Commons, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5785 United States
Free

Take a break from studying, and swing by the Innovation Center for a relaxing, mid-week movie night at the Innovation Center. The featured movie is "Steve Jobs," starring actor Michael Fassbender as the entrepreneur. Free popcorn and condiments will be provided. To RSVP, email michael.joseph.kennedy@maine.edu.

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March 2017

Learn the Business of Brewing with James and Jason

March 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Foster Center for Student Innovation, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5798 United States

Interested in learning the ins and outs of the turning your home brew into a business? Join us for free pizza and listen to two experts discuss their experience with brewing beer and distilling whiskey, including what business steps someone should take if they're interested in starting a business.

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April 2017

Entrepreneurial Talk with CEO and Creator of Luke’s Lobsters

April 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Foster Center for Student Innovation, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5798 United States

Join The Foster Center for Student Innovation for the opportunity to hear Maine’s very own Luke Holden — CEO and Creator of Luke’s Lobsters — talk about his experience creating and running a successful restaurant business across eight states. Free pizza will be provided, and there will be plenty of time for a Q & A.

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Whiteboard Pitch Competition for UMaine Groups

April 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Foster Center for Student Innovation, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5798 United States

Is your student group looking for some extra funding? Join the Foster Center for Student Innovation  for a Whiteboard pitch competition where you and your group will pitch an innovative fundraising idea! You’ll be given five minutes to convince three judges of your fundraising plan. The winner will be awarded $100 for the fundraising mission, and will be eligible for consulting with the business professionals at the Innovation Center.

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From UMaine to a Global Law Practice: Funding Opportunity in a Changing World

April 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Foster Center for Student Innovation, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5798 United States
Free

Join the Foster Center for Student Innovation to listen to Jeff Johnson talk about his professional experiences in the world of business law. His talk will focus on career development and observations about how students can best identify and pursue opportunities leveraging innovation and legal practice. Jeff Johnson (B.S. ’93, M.S. ’95) is a partner in the technology transactions and licensing practice at WilmerHale, a global law firm with approximately 1000 attorneys worldwide. Based in Boston, Johnson works with clients from all…

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May 2017

Innovation and Entrepreneurial Networking Event

May 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Foster Center for Student Innovation, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5798 United States

Join The Foster Center for Student Innovation for a night of networking, innovation and entrepreneurial information, free hors d'ouvres, and a cash bar. Local business leaders and student entrepreneurs will be in attendance to answer questions and help you get started as an entrepreneur.

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September 2017

Meet the Investor: Maine Venture Fund

September 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Meet with an accomplished Maine investor, John Burns, who is Managing Director of Maine Venture Fund. The "Meet the Investor" series gives students and entrepreneurs an opportunity to connect with investors, get their funding questions answered in real time, and understand what investors are looking for. This event is open to anyone wanting to understand the current investment landscape in Maine and is free to the public. About the Speaker: John Burns has 30 years of institutional investing experience; the last…

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October 2017

Lunch and Learn: Practical Patenting for Technology Startups

October 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Come to the UpStart Center for Entrepreneurship (formerly Target Technology Center) on Thursday, Oct. 12 for "Practical Patenting for Technology Startups" Lunch and Learn. Patenting for technology startups is a complicated and costly endeavor that requires early-stage attention to a patent process with long lead times. Over lunch, David Robertson of Verrill Dana will will walk participants through specific issues related to patents in technology startups and how to overcome them. The event is free for tenants of the UpStart Center and UMaine students and…

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November 2017

Whiteboard Pitch Competition

November 8 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Foster Center for Student Innovation, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5798 United States

Students: Pitch your business idea to a panel of judges to win. You have five minutes of time and a whiteboard to sell your idea to the judges and crowd. E-mail matthew.hodgkin@maine.edu if you intend to participate in the pitch competition or just want to cheer on your friends. Free Chinese food will be provided.  

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