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

    “Over time, we’ve probably  generated within the state of Maryland, a large share of our  revenue—$1.5 billion a year, with a total of close to $15 billion... We employ 1,500 people here in the state. Most of them are working on businesses related to this technology. MIPS helped develop not just a new product, but a new industry.”

    —John Kenyon, Senior Vice President for Engineering, Hughes Network Systems

    “MIPS funding was pivotal. It enabled us to validate the invention’s commercialization potential and get onto the path to our first customers. Without MIPS, we would not have been able to get our first product out the door and land those first few key customers.”

    —Jason Volk, CEO, Alertus Technologies

    "Over 55 million babies worldwide have now had infant formula that included Martek’s nutritional ingredients. Over 99 percent of the infant formula in the Unites States has it, as well as products in more than 75 countries around the world.  Almost every U.S. child under the age of six has had this Martek DHA in their brain. It all started here..."

    —Henry “Pete” Linsert, former Chairman and CEO, Martek Biosciences

    “I would say MIPS validated us. Here we are, two people knocking on the doors of Fortune 100, Fortune 300 companies, public payers, private payers, partners, and until we had that endorsement from a MIPS grant, it was hard. It really did help us open doors by saying we are MIPS-endorsed. It made a big difference in our ability to get traction.”

    —Suzanne Sysko Clough, Founder and Chief Medical Officer, WellDoc


    The Hinman CEOs Program enables undergraduates to develop innovative startup ideas into real companies through an immersive one-year academic and residential* experience.


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    "The Hinman CEOs Program is a great facilitator of ideas. It fosters a professional way of thinking about business, and exposes you to things you wouldn’t otherwise see."

    Anthony Casalena
    CEO and Founder of Squarespace
    Hinman CEOs Alumnus ‘05

    Our 12-Month Program

    We create a dynamic environment that is conducive to helping you every day by surrounding you with people who will mentor, inspire, and challenge you to achieve your entrepreneurial goals.

    Spring 2021

    Enroll in ENES140 Discovering New Ventures, or an HEIP equivalent, to complete the prerequisite course.

    Select roommates for the optional residential experience in South Campus Commons Two.

    Fall 2021

    Meet incoming and returning Hinman CEOs at our fall Welcome Event.

    Move-in to the Hinman CEOs residences (for residential members).

    Develop your startup idea and partner with Hinman CEOs students to develop the business model in ENES 460 Fundamentals of Technology Startup Ventures.

    Collaborate with teammates in the Hinman CEOs co-working spaces.

    Access coaching from Hinman CEOs faculty, staff, and alumni.

    Share your innovative business model at our fall Demo Day.

    Spring 2022

    Reconnect with fellow Hinman CEOs at our spring Welcome Event.

    Create your prototype and test market the product in ENES462 Marketing High-Technology Products and Innovations.

    Benefit from Hinman CEOs co-working spaces and coaching from Hinman CEOs faculty, staff, and alumni.

    Compete for exclusive Hinman CEOs seed funding for your startup.

    Demonstrate your prototype at our spring Demo Day.

    Summer 2022

    Launch your product with coaching and funding from the Hinman CEOs Program.

    Beyond Summer 2022

    Enroll in a 3-credit elective to fulfill the 12-credit program requirement. All credits earned for Hinman CEOs are applicable to the 15-credit Minor in Technology Entrepreneurship.

    Explore the next steps for your startup. All Hinman CEOs are highly encouraged to launch a new startup during their time in the program. Alumni may choose to pursue their startup full-time after graduation, or may sell the startup or hire operators thereafter.

    Applications for the fall 2021 cohort are open until November 13, 2020.

    New Student Application

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