Founder Residency

About the Roux Institute Founder Residency

The Roux Institute Founder Residency program is designed to engage with Founders at the earliest stages of their entrepreneurial journey, whether they come from academia or industry. This combines a “first-in” capital investment of up to $100,000 in each company with a year-long program that gives Founders access to curated programming, mentorship, joint research opportunities, a network of expert advisors, and a peer community. The capital is intended to lower the barrier of entry for would-be entrepreneurs with a high-growth concept who might not have the financial means to support themselves while they develop the idea, as well as to support Founders with proven technologies developed within academia that are ready to take the next step in venture creation. The programming is designed to provide the individualized support that first-time founders need to be successful. Companies are able to take advantage of Northeastern’s global network and the Roux Institute’s leadership in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Computational Biology, and Data Visualization.

Learn more about current residency companies, residency program benefits, and application details below.



Program Benefits

  • Network

    Access to Northeastern University’s vast, global network of industry experts and mentors

  • Capital

    A “first-in” capital investment of up to $100,000 in each company intended to lower the barrier of entry for would-be entrepreneurs

  • Research

    Opportunities for joint research with faculty and students

  • Co-working Space

    Access to workspace at the Roux Institute in Portland, Maine

  • Programming

    An array of exclusive, curated programs offering hands-on, individualized support that first-time founders need to be successful

  • Community

    Join a cohort of like-minded startup founders



The Roux Institute is making an immediate impact on the state's innovation economy. It is an honor to be in the inaugural cohort of companies going through the residency program and partnering with an organization who shares our same vision of making Portland a leading city in the country's startup landscape.

Justin Hafner

Co-Founder & CEO




What We Are Looking For

Founders with technology-based companies that are:

  • Excited to stay in Maine or relocate to Maine

  • Are ready to take the plunge to working full-time on their ventures (or already are)

  • Have ventures that have shown early traction



Meet the 2021 Cohort

  • UNAR Labs

    Software company building innovative digital tools and tech with the mission of empowering people with visual impairments by enabling information access in digital media.

  • KinoTek

    A movement analysis company providing actionable data and insights to clinicians, resulting in improved quality of care, insurance reimbursement, and increased revenue.

  • Lief

    A new model of childcare that leverages technology to match-like minded families and place quality, vetted providers in the home.

  • New England Marine Monitoring

    A fisheries technology company providing camera-based, modernized fisheries-monitoring services to New England fishermen.

  • Forerunner

    Software that helps government agencies leverage per-property data to decrease community-wide flood risk and increase their capacity to adapt to climate change.

  • Hydronet

    Provides reliable, secure, and self-optimizing networks in contested environments enabling seamless integration of underwater assets without need for a pre-existing communication infrastructure.



2022 Cohort 

Applications Open Fall 2021. 

More Information Coming Soon.



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