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Startup Mentors at UMD

If your technology is marketable as a startup venture, the UM Ventures Entrepreneurs-in-Residence Program is available to provide expertise. 

UM Ventures is positioned to identify opportunities that could result in startup companies and provide a variety of services to encourage and launch that potential. This includes offering entrepreneurs access to Entrepreneurs-in-Residence—seasoned business executives with relevant domain expertise who guide the development of go-to-market strategies and business plans, form management teams, identify and help secure funding for ripe ventures.

The EIR provides feedback on technology, business planning and access to capital for inventors.

The EIRs help to advance early-stage technology transfer opportunities and expand and accelerate new business ventures. EIRs leverage their own personal networks, where appropriate, to benefit commercialization projects. They are experienced and knowledgeable about the technology commercialization process, have management level experience with early stage companies, and experience raising capital (e.g. angel, venture, grants).

Services include:

  • Reviewing business plans

  • Assisting with funding proposals

  • Developing market strategies

  • Finding talent for new ventures


Our experienced serial entrepreneurs will serve as your business mentors and will help you figure out detailed plan and next steps in your startup journey. To schedule a meeting with an EIR, contact Alla McCoy.

Laura Neuman

Laura Neuman has held public office and was a CEO and company-builder in the private sector, ranging from venture-backed startup establishing national organizations. She has mentored, consulted, or evaluated hundreds of early-stage startup companies. Laura's most notable achievement in business was to build the technology startup Matrics. She raised $17 million in venture capital, and sold the company for $230 million.


Doug Humphrey

Doug Humphrey is a serial entrepreneur. Likely he can't help himself - probably some genetic predisposition to starting companies. He has started many, has had success and failure, and serves today on a variety of boards of advisors and directors. He also serves as a business consultant to companies of all sizes. Doug's companies include Digex, CORE Loacation, and SkyCache/Cidera.


Harry Geller

Harry is an entrepreneur whose career has spanned a broad range of successful stratup companies. He has started, owned and manages fourteen multi-million dollar businesses, primarily focused in the logistics, food services, and real estate fields. Four of his companies have been named to the INC 500 list of fastest growing companies, the most recent one in 2009. He was named the EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 1992.


Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) Site Miners

Mark Komisky

Dan Nadash

Annastasiah Mhaka


Alla McCoy, MBA'13
Director, Startup Support