Start-up Company Resources
If you're affiliated with the University of Maryland and are interested in starting a company with your technology, after completing and submitting an intellectual property disclosure form (doc) to OTC, your technology manager will design an individual plan for you and will guide you through a multitude of startup resources on UMD campus and beyond.
Entrepreneurs in Residence
Thinking about a startup? Not sure how to proceed? Please request to talk to someone who has been there and done that: schedule a meeting with one of our Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) through your OTC contact.
About EIR Doug Humphrey: http://otc.umd.edu/staff/humphrey
About EIR Harry Geller: http://otc.umd.edu/staff/geller
UM Ventures Seed Grants
Maryland Innovation Initiative Grant (awarded through TEDCO)
The Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) was created as a partnership between the State of Maryland and five Maryland academic research institutions (Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland Baltimore and University of Maryland Baltimore County.) The program is designed to promote commercialization of research conducted in the partnership universities and leverage each institution’s strengths. The MII offers $100,000 in fudinging through its Technology Assessment Phase to faculty at qualifying universities, and additional $100,000 in funding to startups formed around technology licensed from a qualifying university. University of Maryland inventors should contact email@example.com to ask questions about the program and to begin working with your assinged Site Miner on the application process.
OTC periodically sponsors seminars to provide the University's faculty, staff and students an opportunity to listen to creative thoughts from successful inventors, entrepreneurs, and investors on the technology-innovation process. These seminars focus on business, technical, and legal aspects of creating and commercializing intellectual property.
Industry, Government and Venture Capitalists Presentations
To highlight the wide range of technologies developed at the University, OTC hosts technology showcases, venture fairs and symposia for industry and government representatives, venture capitalists and angel investors. These activities, along with OTC's decades of experience in technology transfer, have resulted in close university-industry partnerships with many companies in Maryland, throughout the United States, and around the world.
At the request of University departments, administrative units and faculty members, members from OTC's staff will give an overview presentation about all aspects of the technology transfer process, including topics such as intellectual property, startups, technology innovation, and other topics. To schedule a presentation for your department, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
OTC has also developed close ties with University offices such as the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute, the Technology Advancement Program, the Small Business Technology Development Center and the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship to demonstrate to the local community, industry and government the broad range of technology transfer services, R&D funding and partnering opportunities and entrepreneurial capabilities the University of Maryland has available.