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Inventors of New England: More Info

Help for start-ups

Have an invention that you'd like to market? There are several organizations to help inventors:

In Concord, NH, The Academy of Applied Science is involved in the commercialization and transfer of new technologies, partnering inventors with companies throughout the world. They also support a national Young Inventors Program, put out a teacher's manual on inventors, and offer other opportunities for adults and youth to explore the intersection of technology and science.

The Academy of Applied Science also supports the United Inventors Association that provides leadership, support, and services to inventor support groups and independent inventors.

In each of the states in northern New England, there's local help for inventor entrepreneurs:


The Maine Technology Institute (MTI) is a non-profit organization created to encourage, promote, stimulate and support research and development activity leading to commercialization of new products and services in the State's technology intensive sectors.

The University of Maine's Department of Industrial Cooperation acts as a business liaison between business, industry and the University of Maine. They also support a Portland Inventors Forum.

New Hampshire

The State of New Hampshire's Division of Economic Development has information for business and inventor start ups.

The New Hampshire Inventors Association meets monthly.


Invent Vermont educates and assists Vermont inventors in developing and marketing their ideas. This is accomplished through such activities as education and networking, private inventor sessions, and help teams.

Resources for Vermont's High Tech start-ups can be found at the Department of Economic Development.

Start a Robotics Team
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) offers innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology and engineering. As seen on QUEST, they organize a robotics competition for high school students and in addition, a junior robotics competition or Lego League for 9-14 year-olds.

Become an InvenTeam
The Lemmelson-MIT Program has a variety of awards and prizes for inventors. Among these are their awards to student InvenTeams, like the one at Littleton High School in New Hampshire, to create an invention to help in the team's community. You can also access their Inventor's Handbook that explains the patent process, find invention games and trivia, and click on links to other good web sites for young inventors.

Several youth programs run by the Academy of Applied Science also offer encouraging events and programs for young inventors.

The Inventors Hall of Fame web site offers information on Camp Invention, a summer activity organized through local elementary schools, as well as the Collegiate Inventors Competition.

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