Mtech's Mission

    The mission of the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech), a unit of the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, is to:

    • Educate the next generation of technology entrepreneurs;
    • Create successful technology ventures; and
    • Connect Maryland companies with university resources to help them succeed.

    Mtech has built a comprehensive entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem at the University of Maryland. Its programs arm top students from around the world with the knowledge of how to successfully launch companies and guide aspiring and existing entrepreneurs through the entire lifecycle of launching and maintaining technology-based ventures.

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    ASPIRE is a grant program for undergraduate researchers working with Clark School faculty on projects with commercial potential

    Chesapeake bay seed capital fund

    The Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund invests in companies with innovative solutions that can help improve air and water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Investments are jointly selected by investment staff at the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) and technical staff at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR).


    We invest $100,000-$500,000 in seed and Series A rounds of funding for direct commercialization efforts. We also co-invest with other funds in situations where our funding can leverage additional resources for the startup.

    Industries of Interest

    The Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund is looking for investments in the following industries. Please note that this list is not all-inclusive. If you think that your company might fit the criteria for the fund, please apply.


    We are looking for companies that:

    • Have a product prototype
    • Can demonstrate product-market fit
    • Have a thoughtful commercialization plan
    • And can demonstrate a quantifiable reduction in nitrogen, phosphorous and/or sediment in the Chesapeake Bay as a result of their solution

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

    Select Portfolio Companies

    Manta Biofuel Zymetis SmartSlope


    Please reach out to Satish Tamboli at stamboli@umd.edu if you have any questions.

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