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Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech)

The mission of Mtech is to:

  • Educate the next generation of technology entrepreneurs;
  • Create successful technology ventures; and
  • Connect Maryland companies with university resources to help them succeed.

The Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) is a national leader in entrepreneurship and innovation education and venture creation and is a pioneer in building successful university-company partnerships. 

An initiative of the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, 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. 

Mtech’s programs have a track record of yielding:

  • Successful companies;
  • Blockbuster, life-changing and essential technology products;
  • Students of all majors equipped with entrepreneurial mindsets and the practical knowledge of how to successfully launch technology ventures;
  • International partnerships that bring companies to Maryland; and
  • Biotechnology companies and products and a skilled biotechnology workforce

After a year of planning, Mtech launched three programs in 1985 to encourage closer collaboration between the Clark School and industry in the State of Maryland.  A fourth program to help companies to develop new and improved products was started in 1987. Starting in 2000, Mtech began to methodically build a comprehensive entrepreneurship ecosystem, and broadened its mission to: educate the next generation of technology entrepreneurs, help them create successful technology ventures, and connect companies with University of Maryland resources to help them succeed.

Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship

The Dingman Center is one of the nation’s pre-eminent institutions where the research, education and practice of entrepreneurship are pursued vigorously. We develop and execute curricular and non-curricular programs that uniquely leverage Smith School thought leadership, experiential learning and our network of practitioners to provide maximum resources to startup businesses. Every initiative is designed to support the Center’s mission within the Robert H. Smith School of Business:

  • We equip the next generation to launch and support ventures that advance industry and society;
  • We connect the University of Maryland to the innovation economy; and
  • We leverage thought leadership and our network to make entrepreneurs of all kinds more successful.

Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Helping Small Businesses Thrive
Since 1988, the seasoned staff of the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network has provided sound advice, consulting and support to entrepreneurs and small businesses across the state. We are part of a national SBDC network—founded in 1979—that helps over 500,000 U.S. businesses annually.

Providing High-Quality Training, Consulting and Research

The SBDC Network is a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Maryland and the University of Maryland, College Park. SBDC links private enterprise, government, higher education and local economic development organizations to provide high-quality training, confidential consulting and market and industry research to Maryland's small businesses.

Strengthening Maryland's small businesses contributes directly to the growth of local, state and national economies.

Maryland Statewide Network
Managed by "Lead Center" @ University of Maryland, College Park

5 regions - Central, Eastern, Western, Southern and Northern
24 Jurisdictions served in Maryland (23 Counties + Baltimore City).