ECE News Story
UMD Ranked Among Nation's Best in Entrepreneurship Education
The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine have named the University of Maryland as one of the nation's top schools for entrepreneurially-minded students.
Their latest ranking of campus entrepreneurship programs puts Maryland at No. 18 (No. 9 among public) for undergraduate and No. 22 (No. 12 among public) for graduate entrepreneurship programs. The rankings were released in the October issue of Entrepreneur magazine.
Entrepreneurship education initiatives offered by the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech), a unit of the A. James Clark School of Engineering, played a key role in the new ratings. Mtech's programs feature 25 for-credit entrepreneurship courses enrolling over 1,000 students annually, two living-learning programs, one community college transfer program, seed funding, and mentoring. Mtech's overall programs add to these offerings with a business plan competition, product development funding, free intellectual property services, entrepreneur office hours, a venture accelerator, prototype lab, incubator, and additional support for companies throughout their lifecycles.
Highlights of Mtech's increasingly pervasive entrepreneurship education programs include:
For a list of Mtech's entrepreneurship education initiatives, visit: http://www.mtech.umd.edu/educate/index.html. For access to information about all of Mtech's entrepreneurship and innovation programs, visit: http://www.mtech.umd.edu.
The Princeton Review surveyed 2,000 schools for the rankings, which are based on key criteria in the areas of teaching entrepreneurship business fundamentals in the classroom, staffing departments with successful entrepreneurs, excellence in mentorship, providing experiential or entrepreneurial opportunities outside of the classroom, as well as non-traditional, distinguishable aspects of their programs. The University of Maryland rankings are attributed to strong programs at both the Smith School and the A. James Clark School of Engineering and fruitful collaborations between the schools.
September 22, 2011