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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    Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute


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


    On Campus

    • Startup Guide
      Interactive guide for aspiring graduate student and faculty entrepreneurs at the University of Maryland.
    • Terrapin Works
      Collection of rapid prototyping, advanced manufacturing, and digital design resources provided as a service to the campus and surrounding community.
    • Startup Shell
      Student-run coworking space and incubator at the University of Maryland that fosters entrepreneurship through collaboration.
    • MIPS Funding for Product Development
      MIPS provides funding, matched by participating companies, for university-based research projects that help the companies develop new products
    • Startup Fundamentals Workshops
      Hands-on entrepreneurship workshops for UMD faculty and graduate students.
    • UM Ventures
      Joint initiative of the MPowering the State Program, bringing the University of Maryland, Baltimore and University of Maryland, College Park together to commercialize discoveries, and create economic impact by engaging partners in industry and social ventures.


    • Dingman Angels
      Maryland based angel investment group that provides funding to early-stage companies primarily located in the Mid-Atlantic region.
    • Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund
      Invests in companies with innovative solutions that can help improve air and water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
    • TEDCO
      Provides resources and connections that early stage technology and life sciences companies need to thrive in Maryland.
    • SBIR
      Highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.

    Setting Up A Legal Entitiy

    Perfecting the Elevator Pitch

    Creating a Pitch Deck

    Writing an Executive Summary

    Sizing Your Market

    Creating a Financial Model

    Protecting Your IP

    Setting Yearly Goals

    Completing Customer Discovery

    Building a Sales Funnel

    How to Find and Sign First Customer

    Running a Fundraising Process

    Hiring and Retaining Employees

    Entrepreneurial Mindset

    How to Create Your Prototype

    Toll Manufacturing/Finding the Right Toll Manufacturer

    Negotiating A License Deal With a Large Corporation

    Pros and Cons of Having a Strategic Investor

    Market Research

    Management Structure

    Funding Pitch

    Entrepreneurial Mindset

    Building an Advisory Board