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


    Whether you are in middle school, high school, an undergraduate, a graduate student, or a corporate executive, Mtech offers a broad array of entrepreneurship and innovation courses tailored for you.

    ENES 660, Fundamentals of Technology Startup Ventures

    Explores the processes and skills needed to launch and manage technology startup ventures. Learn how to assess the feasibility of a startup venture, as well as how to apply best practices for planning, launching, and managing new companies. Discusses a wide range of issues of importance and concern to entrepreneurs, to include how to recognize opportunity, assess the skills and talents of successful entrepreneurs, and models and approaches to navigate uncertainty.

    ENES 662, Innovative Ideas and Concept Development

    Focuses on the content, methods, and models for new venture opportunity assessment and analysis. Learn how to identify and analyze entrepreneurial opportunities for technology-based ventures by first understanding their personal self and decision-making factors. Examine how to evaluate the opportunities and challenges within industries and markets of interest.

    ENES 663, Strategies for Managing Innovation

    Emphasizes how innovative leaders can use strategic management of innovation and technology to enhance firm performance. It helps students to understand the process of technological change; the ways that firms come up with innovations; the strategies that firms use to benefit from innovation; and the process of formulating technology strategy. It provides frameworks for analyzing key aspects of these industries and teaches students how to apply these frameworks.

    ENES 664, Business Modeling and Customer Validation

    Focuses on how to create and deliver value for customers and how to sustainably extract value for the venture. Develop business models that encompass the product or service, customers, and the economic engine that will deliver on venture objectives.

    ENES 665, Innovative Thinking

    Introduces new and powerful tools to boost creative problem solving skills. Participants rediscover their personal thinking preferences, identify and eliminate mental blocks, and enhance their communication and teaming skills. Students unlock their creative potential, and explore win-win approaches to define and solve problems of different kinds.

    ENES 666, Creative Design, Prototyping, and Testing

    Enables students to transition from creative, innovative, design thinking methods to prototyping and concept testing their products and services. Emphasis is placed on an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to engineering design, concurrent engineering, design for manufacturing, industrial design, and the business of new product development.

    ENES 667, Market Development and Commercialization

    Provides an orientation to key marketing concepts critical to marketing technology-based products and services. Identify market opportunities, understand customer preferences, evaluate market acceptance, and devise the appropriate going to market strategies.

    ENES 668, Corporate Technology Entrepreneurship

    Provides insight into the innovation process in corporations and the unique problems and opportunities that managers and corporate entrepreneurs face in translating innovative ideas into successful results, from opportunity recognition to new venture corporation.

    ENES 670, Financial Management and New Venture Financing

    Provides the essential tools and know-how to build a strong financial foundation for a new technology venture. Examines accounting principles as well as methods for keeping firm financial control of your enterprise. Insights are shared on navigating financial barriers as well as how to raise the right amount of capital at the right time from the right source.

    ENES 671, Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship

    Highlights the critical legal and business issues entrepreneurs face as they build and launch a new venture. Explore real world scenarios, and address legal and business issues from ideation to all of the important junctures along the path to success. Significant attention is placed on new venture formation, intellectual property management, and financing arrangements.

    ENES 672, Launching Technology Startup Ventures

    Helps students to learn the processes and skills needed to launch and manage technology startup ventures. Students learn how to apply best practices for planning, launching, and managing new companies. Students will discuss a wide range of issues of importance and concern to technology entrepreneurs, to include how to navigate uncertainty.