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Jason Harkins

Managing Director

Scratchpad Accelerator

Dr. Harkins is the co-Managing Director of Scratchpad Accelerator, a female founder focused program aimed at helping scalable, investment oriented firm and actively participates in the Top Gun Entrepreneurship Accelerator. Jason is also the co-owner of CoVort, Bangor’s coworking space and an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Maine. He received his Ph. D. from the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma in Strategic Management with an interest in entrepreneurship. He has is on the board of UpStart Maine, has been a judge for both seasons of Greenlight Maine and is a SCORE volunteer. He loves working with startups with a focus on developing the “business side” of new ventures. He is also an active contributor to, and consultant for, entrepreneurial companies throughout Maine.

Jason has teaching and research interests related to the intersection of strategy, entrepreneurship and small business management. His newest research streams focus on studying human capital acquisition and retention in new, small firms and entrepreneurial exit. His work is published in peer reviewed journals such as Strategic Management Review, The Journal of Business and Industrial Development, and the Journal of Management Policy and Practice. He is a member of the editorial review board for Strategic Management Review and an ad hoc reviewer for Strategic Management Journal.