At CMNS, we work to foster a thriving culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.  In the last decade, half of UMD's start-up companies originated in CMNS; annually, our faculty and researchers average 45 invention disclosures and 11 new patents.

In the Princeton Review's 2014 list of the "Top 50 Schools For Entrepreneurship Programs," published in Entrepreneur magazine, UMD ranks No. 15 for its undergraduate program and No. 16 for its graduate program.


Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC)

Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech)

Innovation Fridays

Meet with successful entrepreneurs every Friday, 11am - 1pm

  • Van Munching Hall, Dingman Center Suite, Room 2518

Other Resources

BOV Entrepreneurship Lecture Series

  • Dave Baggett, (B.S./B.A. '92, Computer Science and Linguistics) CMNS Board of Visitors member, kicked off this lecture series with "A Tale of Three Start-Ups." Dave is the co-founder of the "Crash Bandicoot" video game franchise; of ITA Software, a travel serach engine bought by Google; and of the revolutionary new email platform "" He shared insights from each of his three start-up ventures, and how to bring your ideas to the marketplace successfully. Watch the video of his lecture.