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Programs for Students

MtechHinman CEOs (
Living-Learning Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program

Featured on CNN and the recipient of numerous awards, Hinman CEOs is the nation’s first living-learning entrepreneurship program, placing entrepreneurially minded students from all disciplines into a unique community in which students live together, learn about entrepreneurship through courses and an exclusive speaker series, and can launch new ventures. The program’s on-site business coaching services, entrepreneurs-in-residence, $250,000 Impact Pre-Seed Fund and Hinman Alumni Fund provide a rich environment for launching new ventures. Incoming juniors are invited to apply for this competitive program. The mission of Hinman CEOs is to foster an entrepreneurial spirit, create a sense of community and cooperation, and develop ethical leaders. University alumnus and successful entrepreneur Brian Hinman provided $2.5 million to initiate and support the Program.

MtechHillman Entrepreneurs (
Four-Year Transfer Program to Create Entrepreneurial Leaders

The Hillman Entrepreneurs Program is an innovative educational initiative for transfer students who begin their study at the Prince George’s Community College and complete their bachelor’s degrees at the University of Maryland. This four-year scholarship program is targeted at students driven to be successful entrepreneurs and leaders in their communities. Hillman Entrepreneurs features a series of entrepreneurship and leadership courses, mentoring from full-time directors, networking opportunities and community-building activities. The program was established through a generous $1.7 million gift from the David H. and Suzanne D. Hillman Family Foundation.

MtechEntrepreneurship and Innovation Program (
Living-Learning Entrepreneurship Program for Academically Talented Freshman and Sophomore Students

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program provides freshmen and sophomores from all majors the opportunity to learn and live entrepreneurship and innovation. Students develop the entrepreneurial mindsets, skill sets, and relationships to launch successful concepts with startup companies and corporate ventures. This new Honors College program will launch fall 2010. Through experiential learning, dynamic courses, seminars, workshops, competitions, and volunteerism, students receive a world-class education in entrepreneurship and innovation. In collaboration with faculty and mentors who have successfully launched new ventures, all student teams develop an innovative idea and write a product plan. More»

MtechIMPACT Pre-Seed Fund (

Dream big, but have a positive impact on the world. That's the idea behind the new, $250,000 Impact Pre-Seed Fund program available to select University of Maryland student entrepreneurs. The Impact Pre-Seed Fund offers grants, in $500 to $5,000 increments, to students in the University's Hinman CEOs and Hillman Entrepreneurs programs, who present business plans for new companies that benefit society. While plans that address the environment, education, healthcare, and other underserved markets and communities are favored, any plan considering or offering some form of positive impact is eligible.

MtechVentureAccelerator Program (
Intense, Hands-On Venture Creation Assistance for Faculty and Students

VentureAccelerator helps University of Maryland inventors get their research out of the laboratory and into the commercial sector by helping them create successful companies. VentureAccelerator’s experienced team of business professionals works with university entrepreneurs so they continue to fulfill their academic responsibilities while furthering the development of their companies. VA staff speed the process of venture creation by systematically guiding and coaching inventors through business processes such as:

  • Sound Business Planning
  • Understanding Customers & Markets
  • Setting Goals & Priorities
  • Acquiring Skills & Recruiting Talent
  • Raising Capital

MtechUniversity of Maryland $75K Business Plan Competition (
Annual Competition for Faculty, Students and Recent Alumni to Vet New Tech Venture Ideas

The UM $75K Business Plan Competition promotes the commercialization of innovative ideas and University-created technologies by offering faculty, students, and alumni cash prizes for the best new venture plans. The competition emphasizes learning by offering personal coaching for finalists, as well as the experience of presenting ideas to an experienced panel of investors and judges. Since 2001, the competition has served as a launch point for the commercial success of many previous winners, including Squarespace Inc., RioRey Inc., AnthroTronix Inc., Alertus Technologies, and Chesapeake PERL.

MtechUniversity of Maryland Technology Startup Boot Camp (
Annual Intensive, One-Day Workshop and Networking Event on How to Launch Tech Ventures

One of the region’s premier annual entrepreneurship events, the University of Maryland Technology Startup Boot Camp brings together about 500 faculty, students, researchers, CEOs, founders, investors, tech transfer managers, federal lab scientists, and other experts. Headlined by many of the region’s entrepreneurial leaders, the Boot Camp offers both aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs inspiration, knowledge, insight, and connections that will help them successfully launch and grow their technology ideas and startups.

MtechEntrepreneurship Courses (

Whether you’re 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.

MtechA Scholars Program for Industry-Oriented Research in Engineering (ASPIRE) (

ASPIRE offers students a unique opportunity to venture beyond the classroom through collaboration with engineering faculty and staff on mutually interesting projects with industry relevance. In addition to its intrinsic educational value, ASPIRE gives students a competitive edge when applying for jobs or graduate study.

ASPIRE introduces undergraduates to the discipline and rewards of industrially-oriented engineering projects. Students perfrom research during the Fall and/or Spring semesters under the guidance of an engineering faculty or staff mentor. ASPIRE awardees receive a scholarship of $1000 for each semester project. For Summer projects, students receive a scholarship of $3,000 for the summer. All funds are credited to the awardee's university student account. All continuing projects must submit a new application for each semester or summer. More»

MtechFunding (

Mtech offers a variety of funding programs, from the Impact Pre-Seed Fund mentioned above, to the Hinman Alumni Fund, for students starting companies and developing products. More»


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