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 Innovation Extension

    Maryland Innovation Extension

    About the Maryland Innovation Extension, an EDA University Center

    The Maryland Innovation Extension is an Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center, with additional support from the UM Ventures Baltimore Fund, as well from TEDCO, and the University System of Maryland (USM). Through the extension, the University of Maryland, along with partner institutions Bowie State University, Morgan State University, Coppin State University, and the University of Baltimore, are collaborating to bring entrepreneurial resources to the entire state of Maryland, with a particular focus on underrepresented groups in entrepreneurship.

    The primary resources offered to current and aspiring Maryland entrepreneurs include:

    If you are a Maryland-based entrepreneur, or are looking to become one, please see below to access any of these resources, or contact us to find out more.

    I-Corps Customer Discovery Programs

    I-Corps training has a proven track record in helping entrepreneurs to rapidly create and test their business models using real customer feedback. Through the Maryland Innovation Extension, I-Corps training is free for all Maryland-based entrepreneurs and individuals with a business idea.

    Please note that the program has a limited capacity. Priority will be given to individuals with a connection to our partner institutions and those coming from historically underrepresented groups for entrepreneurship.

    I-Corps short courses are offered multiple times per year. Please review the program details page to learn more about the structure of the program and review the upcoming cohorts page for a list of upcoming programs.

    Startup Fundamentals Workshops

    Access to free high quality entrepreneurship training can be hard to find. The Maryland Innovation Extension leverages existing entrepreneurial resources at our partner schools to offer practical workshops in many areas, ranging from how to set up accounting books to how to approach a venture capitalist.

    Workshops are offered an average of 1-2 times per week. Many of these workshops are recorded, and are viewable on the Startup UMD YouTube channel. Participants who wish to attend live will be able to come and ask their questions directly to expert presenters.

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    Entrepreneurs- in- Residence (EIRs) are available to speak with entrepreneurs at any stage in building their venture. These mentors have tremendous experience in developing their own startups, as well as helping others navigate entrepreneurship. EIRs are for faculty, staff, and students affiliated with our partner institutions as well as TEDCO awardees.

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