Innovation & Entrepreneurship | A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland

Helping innovators translate great technology into successful ventures

Mtech is a national leader in entrepreneurship, innovation education, and venture creation and is a pioneer in building successful university-company partnerships. An initiative of the Clark School, Mtech has built a comprehensive entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem at the University of Maryland. Its programs guide aspiring and existing entrepreneurs and arm top students from around the world with knowledge of how to successfully launch companies. Learn more about Mtech's programs and successes below. 

 

Outside of Mtech's successful initiatives, the Clark School engages students in interactive environments and works with partners at multiple scales. Learn more about the Clark School's innovative collaborations below. 

DC I-Corps

DC I-Corps is a regional program designed to foster, grow, and nurture an innovation ecosystem. The program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and jointly run by the University of Maryland, George Washington University, Virginia Tech, and Johns Hopkins University. It provides real-world, hands-on training on how to successfully incorporate innovations into successful products. The ultimate goal is to create a new venture or licensing opportunity for program participants.
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Leidos Innovation Lab

At the heart of the first floor in A. James Clark Hall lies the Leidos Innovation Lab, supported by a donation from the Leidos Corporation. The lab provides 6,800 square feet of space for students to work together on cross-disciplinary research and designs, and features overhead utilities, digital displays and movable workbenches, creating an ideal environment for collaboration.

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Maryland International Incubator

The Maryland International Incubator (MI2) connects Maryland with the international business community. MI2 serves the technology and innovation needs of international companies entering the U.S. market through connections to talented workforces, development of new products, and access to other valuable resources. Through MI2, international companies have improved their products, accelerated their new launch, and received key contracts. 

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National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation

In 2013, the Sheik Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation (SZI) and the Clark School  received a grant to form the Consortium. The grant brings together teams with excellence and expertise in delivering business, regulatory, legal, scientific, engineering, and clinical services for children. Several faculty researchers hold affiliations with both SZI and the Clark School, adding to the Consortium’s wealth of experience in pediatric device development.

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Terrapin Works

Founded in 2014, the mission of Terrapin Works is to put additive manufacturing into the hands of undergraduate and graduate students alike while also supporting faculty and the greater UMD Community in innovative areas of research and product development. This 90% undergraduate student-run operation provides rapid prototyping, advanced manufacturing, and digital design resources as a service to the campus and surrounding community.

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