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



    Participating in an introductory I-Corps Course is a required component of commercializing technology at the University of Maryland.

    I-Corps is a National Science Foundation (NSF) program designed to foster, grow, and nurture innovation ecosystems regionally and nationally. The University of Maryland is the lead institution of the NSF I-Corps Hub: Mid-Atlantic Region and a member of the National Innovation Network.

    I-Corps provides real world training on how to incorporate innovations into commercially viable companies to solve societal problems. The curriculum is based on the Lean Startup framework, through which researchers can better understand the market potential of an innovation.

    The program is comprised of two parts: the self-paced I-Corps Prerequisite, and the Mid-Atlantic I-Corps Customer Discovery Workshops.

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    "For a new venture to create a meaningful, scalable and repeatable business model, that could lead to a profitable company, is a daunting task. For our team, the UMD I-Corps program ended up being an invaluable resource with multiple benefits."

    —Lisa Pikus, VP Strategy, Inventwood, LLC, February 2020 UMD I-Corps Cohort