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Business Incubator

Have a great idea for a company, but lack the resources to take that first step? In partnership with the City of Ellsworth, Union River Center for Innovation has created a revolutionary business incubator program for Maine startup companies, where tenants are given room to grow and all the support they need to focus on their business and succeed. We’re able to offer on-site support, including office space, access to entrepreneurial networks, and personalized business coaching services, all within a supportive community environment with businesses of different sizes and from a variety of industries. We want to take your business to the next level! We have multiple companies from a variety of industries currently participating in the program.

Our business incubator program exists to give local small businesses the tools and resources they need to launch their business by providing on-site support services, such as: 

  • Access to entrepreneurial networks
  • Business coaching
  • Informative seminars
  • A collaborative community environment
  • Facility amenities
    • Printing and mailing services
    • Laboratory Space
    • Office Space
    • High-speed Internet
    • Free coffee and tea
    • Reception Service
    • Outdoor Workspace on the Waterfront
    • 24/7 building access
  • What are the application requirements?

    Businesses will need to submit an application to help us understand what stage your company is in. For this application, you’ll need to provide a brief description of your business, information about ownership, a description of your market strategy, current and projected financial information, and more. You can find our incubator application here. Vetting through an advisory board is also required to be admitted to the incubator program.
  • How long can I be a part of the incubator program?

    5 years.
  • Is there a cost to my business?

    The cost varies, as it is based on the square footage leased by the tenant and the duration of your lease.
  • I’m interested in growing my business with the Union River Center for Innovation, but I’m not sure that my business is ready for an incubator program yet. Are there any other options for me?

    Yes! We also offer conference room rentals, coworking space, a nester program as a precursor to the incubator program, a business affiliate program, and more.
  • What is an incubator program?

    An incubator program is a 2 to 5 year program in which your startup company participates in resources to grow and succeed. Personalized business coaching sessions from our expert coaches is required of incubator tenants, allowing them to grow their business in a way that is specific to their company.
  • I’m interested in learning more about the incubator program. Can I take a tour?

    Yes, tours are provided by appointment. Please call 800-930-5313 to schedule a tour.