Immerse Yourself in Startup Weekend Bangor at the IMRC!

Written by Sylvia Guzman, UMaine student and Startup Weekend volunteer


Startup Weekend is a 3-day event focused on jump-starting ideas for new businesses, and and it’s coming to town September 19-21!  The event will start at Bagel Central in Downtown Bangor on Friday night, then move to the University of Maine campus on Saturday and Sunday.  On campus, the event will be hosted at the Foster Center for Student Innovation (FCSI) and the Innovative Media Research and Commercialization (IMRC) Center.

Startup Weekends take place around the globe, but what makes this one unique is available access to the IMRC Center.  The IMRC Center offers comfortable, state of the art prototyping facilities, audio and video production spaces, a resource library, performance and installation spaces, classrooms, and offices.  The space and equipment is available to rent by any community member, but for Startup Weekend participants, the IMRC Center is generously making its facilities available for free.


Some of the tools include:

  • A full wood shop

  • 3D printers and 3D scanner

  • A laser cutter/engraver

  • Large format printers

  • A range of design and production software

  • Electronics workbenches

  • Video and still cameras

  • Audio recording and mixing equipment

There is also equipment available for checkout such as:

  • Professional photography camera kits and accessories

  • Camcorders

  • Projectors

  • Laptops

  • Recorder kits

  • iPods

  • Headphones

  • Instruments

  • New media software

If you’ve heard of some of the equipment mentioned above but don’t know how to utilize it, have no fear!  There will be lab technicians on site to assist and walk you through on how to use them! So come and be part of this amazing weekend full of energy, diversity, and exciting ideas where potential startups will be shared! And if you’re already registered to be a participant don’t forget to pass by the Immerse Center and checkout its facilities to get your startup going!

Register Now!

Startup Weekend is generously supported by our sponsors: the City of Bangor, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Emera Maine, Blackstone Accelerates Growth, Maine Technology Institute, the University of Maine IMRC and FCSI, and the Orono Economic Development Corp.


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