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

    mtech startup fall forum


    + Two Special Seminars

    Fundraising for Startups
    by Silicon Valley Bank VP Christian Souza

    Is Entrepreneurship Right for You?
    Laura Neuman, Entrepreneur in Residence, University of Maryland

    November 7, 2019

4-6 p.m. — Free, Open, Entrepreneur Office Hours
    6-6:30 p.m. — Networking and Food
    6:30-6:45 p.m. — Christian Souza
    6:45-7 p.m. — Laura Neuman
    7-8 p.m. — Networking and Food

    Location: Zupnik Forum, 1101 A. James Clark Hall, University of Maryland

    Fundraising for Startups

    Starting and scaling a new business requires tireless hours of hard work, critical strategic planning, and a little luck. It’s important for entrepreneurs to surround themselves with the right team and partners to unlock the full potential of their business. Learn how to get the most out of your banking relationship from Christian Souza, a Vice President with Silicon Valley Bank managing the organization’s early stage relationships with high-growth tech companies throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. He will also offer insights on raising capital, VC funding trends nationwide and specific to the DC metro area, and a crash course on venture debt.

    Christian Souza Biography

    Christian Souza

    Christian is a trusted business advisor to over 150 tech startups in the DMV area and will discuss the values of working with a technology bank that understands your needs, can open doors with meaningful connections, and offer valuable insights on growing the business.

    Christian received a B.S. degree in finance from the University of Massachusetts and proudly serves on the Associate Board of BUILD. BUILD DC is a non-profit organization that equips the underprivileged youth of DC with mentors, entrepreneurial based learning, and community to shepherd them from high school through college and into the professional world.

    Is Entrepreneurship Right for You?

    Are you ready to be an entrepreneur? Do you lie awake at night thinking about starting your own company? It looks glamorous, and seems exciting, but there are pitfalls. How do you know if you’re cut out to take the leap? I’ll share successes and failures--and many lessons along the way. You’ve heard failure is part of success. Well, it only feels like failure when you’re in the middle of it. We’ll cover how to overcome the feelings of self-doubt and push through to winning. Let’s talk about building a company, weathering the storm, working with investors, and how to change the world with your idea!

    Laura Neuman Biography

    Laura Neuman

    Laura Neuman has held public office and was CEO and company-builder in the private sector, ranging from venture-backed start-up to established national organizations. Her most notable achievement in business was to build technology startup Matrics out of insolvency, raising $17 million in venture capital and sold for $230 million. Matrics was voted Venture Deal of the Year and was presented as a case study on successful entrepreneurship at Princeton University.

    Without finishing high school or college, Laura was accepted into and completed the MBA from Loyola University and was then invited to the Executive Program at Stanford Business School.

    Laura has been an outspoken advocate for women’s rights and speaks on topics that are near and dear to her: leadership, entrepreneurship, government, and women’s rights. Numerous publications/news programs have covered her work and accomplishments including The Washington Post, People magazine, 48 Hours, The Baltimore Sun and Lifetime.