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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    Honors College



    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

    EIP Student Advisory Board

    2020-2021 Academic Year

    AJ Accad

    Major: Mechanical Engineering

    Hometown: Waldorf, MD

    Activities: UMD Club Badminton, Engineers without Borders, ClarkCommunities

    Scholarships: Lockheed Martin STEM Scholar, Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholarship, UMD Dean's Scholarship

    Fave CP Restaurant: Jumbo Jumbo

    Favorite thing about EIP: Meeting up with the cohort for HEIP143 at the end of a long Monday, then walking to the diner with a whole mob of EIPeople.

    Aislinn Verma

    Major: Finance

    Hometown: Edison, New Jersey

    Activities: Smith Investment Fund, SUSA

    Scholarships: President’s Scholarship

    My favorite place to study: the second floor of the Atlantic Building

    My favorite College Park restaurant: The Hall CP

    Mihika Kulkarni

    Majors: International Business and Voice Performance

    Hometown: Bridgewater, NJ

    Activities: UMD Chamber Singers, Maryland Music Business Society

    Internships: Choral Assistant for the UMD Choral Activities Department (2020-2023)

    Scholarships/Awards: President’s Scholarship

    Favorite place to study on campus: Patio outside of the Clarice Performing Arts Center

    Favorite College Park restaurant: Marathon Deli (of course!)

    Jess Boetticher

    Major: Bioengineering

    Minor: Technology Entrepreneurship

    Hometown: Surf City, NJ

    Activities: Women in Engineering Peer Mentor Program, Biomedical Engineering Society,
    Sigma Kappa Sorority, CHAARG Women's Fitness Group

    Scholarships and Awards: EIP Do Good Showdown Winner, President's Scholarship

    Favorite thing about EIP: My favorite thing about EIP is that there are so many opportunities to learn more about how to transform things that I am passionate about into a business. I have learned so much and made great friendships throughout the program.

    Favorite Place to Study on Campus: My favorite place to study on campus is in the STEM Library, inside of the Math building, because it has a lot of big group tables to be able to study with friends.

    Connie Shen

    Major: Finance

    Hometown: Clarksburg, MD

    Activities: Smith Finance Group, Women in Business

    My favorite thing about EIP: The close-knit community of passionate students and the abundance of entrepreneurial opportunities that challenge me and push me out of my comfort zone.

    My favorite place to study on campus: Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center