University of Maryland Organizations
Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
The Academy’s mission is to bring innovation and entrepreneurship to all 35,000+ UMD students by collaborating with all 12 schools and colleges.
Do Good Institute
The Do Good Institute serves as the catalyst to transform the University of Maryland into the nation’s first Do Good campus, where students are inspired to take action and spur innovations and solutions that tackle today’s social issues. The Institute, housed in the School of Public Policy, provides opportunities for all University of Maryland students to immerse themselves with and address significant social issues through hands-on learning opportunities.
Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech)
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.
Maryland Momentum Fund
The $10 million University System of Maryland (USM) Maryland Momentum Fund provides early stage seed investment funding for promising technology ventures that come out of any of the 12 constituent USM institutions, its research parks, and its students, faculty, or graduates.
Office of Technology Commercialization
The University of Maryland created the Office of Technology Commercialization in December 1986 to provide expert guidance, support, and assistance in safeguarding intellectual property, encouraging research, facilitating technological transfer, and promoting collaborative research and development agreements with industrial sponsors.
Startup Shell is a student-run coworking space and incubator at the University of Maryland. They foster entrepreneurship through collaboration.
Terp Entrepreneur Network (TEN)
The Alumni Association's first industry network is the Terp Entrepreneur Network! TEN is a platform for entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs and seasoned professionals to network, share expertise and enjoy exclusive experiences.
UM Ventures is a joint initiative of the MPowering the State Program, bringing the University of Maryland, Baltimore and University of Maryland, College Park together to commercialize discoveries, and create economic impact by engaging partners in industry and social ventures. By encouraging our students and faculty, providing expert advice and business services, more discoveries will reach the market. By engaging directly with external partners we will bring new investment, expanded markets and more startup ventures.
State of Maryland Organizations
Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED)
Are you a new or existing business looking for help to retain workers or expand, or branch out internationally? Are you a company considering Maryland as a location? The Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) is here to help.
Maryland Technology Development Corporation (Maryland TEDCO)
TEDCO was created by the Maryland State Legislature in 1998 to facilitate the transfer and commercialization of technology from Maryland’s research universities and federal labs into the marketplace and to assist in the creation and growth of technology-based businesses in all regions of the State.
Maryland Central Business Licensing and Registration Portal
The new Maryland Central Business Licensing and Registration Portal offers a step-by-step process to register your business online from one easy-to-use website.
Maryland Small Business Development Center
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.
Regional and National Organizations
Ashoka U advocates for all colleges and universities to embrace changemaking, both as an educational framework and as a strategy for institutional change. Since 2008, they have enabled the strategic implementation of changemaker education for 500+ university and college campuses across 50 countries, including University of Maryland.
Established in 2012, Betamore is an award-winning coworking space, incubator and campus for technology and entrepreneurship.
Bethesda Green accelerates the sustainable economy locally with a focus on innovation through the Be Green Hub, on impact through the Be Impact Initiative, and through our Community Engagement.
Black Girl Ventures
The Black Girl Ventures Foundation is dedicated to offering comprehensive education and advisory services that outline a road map for the growth and success of minority and/or veteran women entrepreneurs.
The Big Idea CONNECTpreneur Forum is a Community of over 8000 CEOs, Entrepreneurs, VCs and angels, CXOs and other business leaders in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Each bi-monthly CONNECTpreneur Forum mashes up 500+ top founders, investors and business leaders for a morning breakfast event featuring awesome networking, newsmaking speakers, and a showcase of exciting early stage companies.
Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC)
Founded in 1997, GCEC is the key junction for university-based entrepreneurship centers across the U.S. to collaborate, communicate, and jointly advance excellence in entrepreneurship through the unique role and position of the centers in the academic and business communities. The University of Maryland, College Park is one of the founding members.
For nearly two decades, the ETC has fostered a transformative community of tech-savvy, innovative, entrepreneurial people looking for creative collaboration to accelerate their growth potential and make a powerful economic impact on the City of Baltimore and beyond.
The Kauffman Foundation
Kauffman Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States, focuses on education and entrepreneurship with the goal of fostering a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens in their communities.
Halcyon Incubator equips early-stage social entrepreneurs with the support they need to transform audacious ideas into scalable and sustainable ventures, and change the world.
Hera Hub is the first international female-focused coworking space & business accelerator. Our platform supports members through education, mentoring, and collaboration, while the office environment gives them access to professional, productive space where they can grow a prosperous business, built on the foundation of a powerful community.
Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA)
MAVA is a membership association in the mid-Atlantic region serving the needs of the full ecosystem of investments ranging from angel to later stage.
SEED Spot supports ecosystem builders in schools and communities to create a robust pipeline of impact-driven entrepreneurs. Their programs surround adult and youth entrepreneurs with the access to resources, mentors, business fundamentals, capital sources, and community partners they need to succeed.
WeWork provides shared office space in major cities throughout the U.S., including College Park and Washington D.C.
Vinetta is a Capital Platform that sources, funds and supports the worlds most promising female founders, providing great outcomes for their startups and superior returns.