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

    LIVE with active and aspiring student entrepreneurs

    The Hinman CEOs Program encompasses innovative and unique activities, resources, and facilities designed to provide a rich and supportive environment for learning about and practicing entrepreneurship. Key program aspects and features are outlined in detail below.

    Living Community

    All entering Hinman CEOs students are eligible to live with the Hinman CEOs participants in South Campus Commons. This provides maximum exposure to on-site mentors and instructors, as well as fellow students in the Hinman CEOs Program. Students have access to a board room, seminar room, and other co-working facilities. While residency is encouraged for all program students, it is not required.

    Experiential Learning

    Through student-owned companies, courses, seminars, workshops, competitions, and volunteerism, Hinman CEOs are part of a special experiential learning model. Approximately 25 percent of students start companies while in the Program. While providing entrepreneurship education and helping teams to start and operate ventures are important, a continuum of hands-on mentoring is provided to help students not yet engaged in founding and managing start-ups fully develop their entrepreneurial skills. From an academic perspective, there are four courses totaling twelve credits that Hinman CEOs complete. There are also optional entrepreneurship courses offered as electives. Over the course of the students' career in the Program, all students develop a business idea and write a business plan.

    On-Demand Coaching & Mentoring

    The valuable residential experience is complemented with the on-site offices of Hinman CEOs staff. In this way, students can walk down the hall to staff offices to discuss their latest new venture idea or to tackle a tough legal, financial or ethical question. The program director and executives-in-residence are seasoned entrepreneurs pairing practical experience with MBA educations to coach teams and individually mentor students.

    Seed Fund

    A seed fund is available for students of the Hinman CEOs Program. Funds are provided as grants to students, with no payback or equity requirement. Funds are to be used for R&D or working capital for student ventures. Awards are made per year, with future donations planned for replenishing the fund.

    Undergraduate Emphasis

    In contrast to many entrepreneurship programs that are aimed at graduate students, the Hinman CEOs Program is specifically designed for undergraduates. When entrepreneurship is introduced early, the knowledge gained significantly impacts direction towards more entrepreneurial careers. This knowledge combines with the community to create a dynamic hub for entrepreneurial skills building and student venturing.