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Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine's most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. In this month's oolumn, we hear from Veena Dinesh, whose role is to help UMaine's innovators bring their ideas to life. As the university's director of business incubation, Dinesh leads efforts to accelerate university innovations, coordinating several programs that help faculty, staff, and students understand the market potential of an idea or research discovery and find the right path to move it ahead. As UMaine prepares to launch its fifth cohort of the MIRTA accelerator program, which is designed to advance university research innovations on the path to commercialization, Dinesh discusses UMaine's unique approach to commercialization and the many roles alumni can play in this process.


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