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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    DC I-CORPS > SBIR Beat the Odds

    DC I-Corps



    The NSF “Beat-the-Odds Boot Camp” provides SBIR/STTR Phase I Grantees with innovation and entrepreneurial training. While the training draws on methods also used in the NSF I-Corps program, the Boot Camp is specifically designed for early-stage companies and new business opportunities. The Boot Camp builds on your company’s prior work regardless of whether you participated in I-Corps, other commercialization training, or built another successful business. The program curriculum uses Steve Blank’s customer discovery process to assess customer needs, segment the market, and build a business model around the market opportunity.

    Taught by certified I-Corps instructors, the Boot Camp provides an immersive experience that pushes companies to develop stronger business models, market strategies, and successful products. The main goal is to provide early-stage companies with an introduction, or refresher, in customer discovery and business model validation. At the end of the program, companies will understand how to verify product market fit and other business model elements, thus increasing their odds for commercial success.

    For more information about the "Beat the Odds Boot Camp," email nsfbootcamp@dcicorps.org.

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