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 140, Discovering New Ventures - Foundations in Entrepreneurship

    Students explore dynamic company startup topics by working in teams to design a new venture. This multi-disciplinary course helps students to learn the basic business, strategy, and leadership skills needed to launch new ventures. Topics include learning how to assess the feasibility of a startup venture, as well as how to apply best practices for planning, launching, and managing new companies. Students discuss a wide range of issues of importance and concern to entrepreneurs and learn to recognize opportunities, assess the skills and talents of successful entrepreneurs, and learn models that help them navigate uncertainty. (Scholarship in Practice)

    ENES143, Communication Essentials for Entrepreneurs

    Learn the processes and skills needed to give effective business presentations related to start-up ventures. Focus on how to research topics and companies; organize material based on speaking goals; analyze audience groups to meet speaking expectations; prepare informative and compelling presentation slides; deliver speeches professionally and effectively, and actively listen and provide speaker feedback to fellow students. (Oral Communications)

    HEIP 143, Foundations in Entrepreneurship & Innovation

    Focused on building the entrepreneurial mindset and introducing basic entrepreneurship principles and terminology.

    HEIP 144, Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship & Innovation

    Inspires innovation and creativity through interactive lectures, workshops, and case studies in contemporary issues to include energy, life sciences, healthcare, and technology.

    ENES 210, Entrepreneurial Opportunity Analysis and Decision-Making in 21st Century Technology Ventures

    Undergraduate course helps students learn the principles of entrepreneurial opportunity analysis and decision-making in an increasingly technically-inclined society. (Scholarship in Practice & I-series)

    HEIP 240, Exploring International Entrepreneurship & Innovation

    Offers an introduction to the opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurship and innovation from an international perspective through lectures and guest speakers with international experiences. (Scholarship in Practice)

    HEIP 241 Social Entrepreneurship Practicum

    Capstone course enhances strategic capabilities and leadership skills through the development of an innovative for-profit product or service concept with social benefits. Top ventures may be awarded part of the $50,000 Mtech Impact Seed Fund.

    ENES 460, Fundamentals of Technology Start-Up Ventures

    Undergraduate course offered online and on-campus helps students learn the processes and skills needed to launch and manage new technology ventures, with a focus on business plan development.

    ENES 461, Advanced Entrepreneurial Opportunity Analysis in Technology Ventures

    Using a cognitive theoretical framework the course examines the integration of motivation, emotions and information processing modes to make complex entrepreneurial decisions in fast pace technology venture environments. The course is an informed and interesting exploration of entrepreneurial cognition with both theoretical and methodological contributions.

    ENES 462, Marketing High-Technology Products & Innovations

    Marketing of high-technology products occurs in turbulent environments, and requires rapid decision making with incomplete information.  Innovations are introduced at frequent intervals, research-and-development spending is vital, and there are high mortality rates for both products and businesses. The course will provide a balance between conceptual discussions and applied/hands-on analysis.

    ENES 463, Strategies for Managing Innovation

    Emphasizes how the technology entrepreneur 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 strategy.

    ENES 464, International Entrepreneurship & Innovation

    Focuses on the need for every entrepreneur and innovator to understand the global market in today’s hypercompetitive world, and to appreciate how to compete effectively in domestic markets by managing international competitors, suppliers, and influencers. Students develop skills to identify and manage opportunities on a global basis.

    ENES 465, Entrepreneurial Design Thinking

    Explores the use of design thinking as an approach to developing customer-centered solutions to problems and fostering sustained innovation within an organization. Through interactive lectures, discussions, and hands-on, team-based activities, students learn design thinking strategies and apply them to finding innovative product- or service-based solutions to contemporary issues.

    ENES 466, Leading and Financing the Technology Venture

    Focuses on the challenges of leading and financing new technology ventures. Leadership topics include team selection and formation, aligning rewards with relative contributions of team members, and how early decisions can enable or prevent founders from achieving results that align with their individual motivations for becoming an entrepreneur. Essential tools and methods for building a strong financial foundation for a new technology venture are examined. Includes important accounting principles as well as methods for keeping financial control of the technology venture. Insights are shared on navigating the multitude of financial barriers that may block your entrepreneurial success, as well as how to grow the technology venture from concept through launch.

    ENES 471, Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship

    This course will highlight the critical legal and business issues entrepreneurs face as they build and launch a new venture. We will explore real world scenarios, and address legal and business issues from the moment entrepreneurs conceive of the idea 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 498, Special Topics in Entrepreneurship

    Seminar and case study-based course that explores technology entrepreneurship with a focus on leadership and strategies to launch and manage technology ventures.

    ENES 498A, Special Topics in Entrepreneurship / Introduction to Innovative Thinking

    Undergraduate course helps students learn methods for improving the flexibility and originality of their thinking and explore multiple approaches to create and sustain high levels of innovation. Topics include personal thinking preferences, everyday creativity and eliminating mental blocks, creative thinking techniques, idea selection approaches, teaming techniques for creativity, design for interaction, and intellectual property.

    ENES 498E/BIOE 498E, Special Topics in Entrepreneurship / Entrepreneurship in Chemical and Life Sciences

    Explores technology entrepreneurship with a focus on leadership and strategies to launch and manage technology venture, with special attention to chemical and life sciences ventures.

    ENES 498P, Special Topics in Entrepreneurship / Corporate Technology Ventures

    Examines the role of corporate entrepreneurship as a valuable instrument for rejuvenating and revitalizing existing companies and enhancing the practice of innovation for improved competitiveness. Strategies are explored for how corporate entrepreneurship can lead to new business ventures, the development of new products, services or processes and the renewal of strategies and competitive postures.