Maria Pidgeon

Supports local economic development by managing the UAlbany-led Innovate 518 program

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Maria Pidgeon

Associate Director
University at Albany
Department: Division of Research

Entrepreneurship, economic development, Internships, Innovation Hot Spot, business development, community development, business incubation

Campus phone: (518) 956-8216
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Maria Pidgeon joined the Office of Vice President of Research at the University at Albany in September 2015. She's responsible for the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of the University's Innovation Hot Spot (i518) program, which helps strategically foster innovative startup companies in the greater Capital Region to achieve self-sufficiency and growth. She came to UAlbany after five years as the director of internships & field studies for the Huether School of Business at the College of Saint Rose.

At the Huether School of Business, Maria was responsible for the development of student-business relationships, serving as a liaison between student interns and internship partners in the business community. Prior to working at Saint Rose, Maria spent four years as a senior economic developer for the City of Albany's Department of Development & Planning. In that role, she managed business development including attraction and retention efforts, lending programs and strategic initiatives.

Maria received her MBA and bachelor of science in business administration (concentration in small business entrepreneurship) from Saint Rose.