Master of Professional Studies in Technology Entrepreneurship  >  Academics

Courses

The Master of Professional Studies in Technology Entrepreneurship’s 30-credit, 9-course curriculum can be completed in 15-months, with students typically enrolling in two 3-credit courses per 12-week term.

Term 1, Course 1
Innovative Ideas and Concept Development

Focuses on the content, methods, and models for new venture opportunity assessment and analysis.

Term 1, Course 2
Strategies for Managing Innovation

Emphasizes how innovative leaders can use strategic management of innovation to enhance company performance.

Term 2, Course 1
Business Modeling and Customer Validation

Focuses on how to create and deliver value for customers and how to sustainably extract value for the venture.

Term 2, Course 2 
Innovative Thinking

Introduces tools to boost creative problem-solving skills. Rediscover personal thinking preferences, identify and eliminate mental blocks, and enhance communication and teaming skills.

Term 3, Course 1
Creative Design, Prototyping, and Testing

Enables students to transition from creative, innovative, design thinking methods to prototyping and concept testing their products and services.

Term 3, Course 2
Market Development and Commercialization

Provides an orientation to key marketing concepts critical to marketing technology-based products and services.

Term 4, Course 1
Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship

Highlights the critical legal business issues entrepreneurs face as they build and launch a new venture.

Course 6: Market Development and Commercialization

Provides an orientation to key marketing concepts critical to marketing technology-based products and services. Identify market opportunities, understand customer preferences, evaluate market acceptance, and devise the appropriate going-to-market strategies.

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Term 4, Course 2
Financial Management and New Venture Financing

Provides the essential tools and know-how to build a strong financial foundation for a new technology venture.

Term 5
Launching Technology Startup Ventures

Helps students learn the process and skills needed to launch and manage technology startup ventures.

Faculty

Dr. James V. Green

Innovative Ideas & Concept Development

Biography

Dr. Green leads the education activities of the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) at the University of Maryland. As Director of Entrepreneurship Education, he leads the Master of Professional Studies in Technology Entrepreneurship and Minor in Technology Entrepreneurship, designs and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in entrepreneurship and technology commercialization, leads seed funding programs, and manages residential entrepreneurship programs for students. In 2011, he earned first prize in the 3E Learning Innovative Entrepreneurship Education Competition presented at the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) annual conference to recognize college educators who have created new and challenging learning activities that actively involve students in the entrepreneurial experience. Prior to the University of Maryland, Dr. Green held founder, executive, and operational roles with multiple startups to include WaveCrest Laboratories (an innovator in next-generation electric and hybrid-electric propulsion and drive systems), Cyveillance (a software startup and world leader in cyber intelligence and intelligence-led security), and NetMentors (the first national career development eMentoring community). Dr. Green earned a Doctor of Management and an MS in Technology Management from the University of Maryland University College, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech.

Dr. Thomas J. Mierzwa

Strategies for Managing Innovation

Biography

Dr. Mierzwa has more than 20 years of teaching experience at University of Maryland and other universities, with courses in strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship. His teaching philosophy centers on building student competency through course design and teaching exercises, and his research interests include innovation processes, opportunity recognition, design thinking and conceptual tools for learning objects. Dr. Mierzwa founded The Fountainhead Group, a team of specialists who conduct innovation audits, and is the founder of Creative Agreements, a professional services firm that uses a mediation approach to form working agreements among business owners during venture start-ups. He serves on advisory boards of several Maryland businesses. At the Academy of Management, he chairs a committee on non-traditional academics and is active on the Teaching Theme Committee. He is also a board member of the Executive DBA Council, an institution of member schools fostering development of practitioner-scholar doctoral programs worldwide. Dr. Mierzwa earned a Doctor of Public Administration in strategic management from the University of Southern California and a master's in urban design from Harvard University.

Daniel Gordon

Business Modeling and Customer Validation

Biography

Dan Gordon has over 30 years of experience working with technology, as a computer scientist, software developer, manager, analyst, and entrepreneur. As a technology partner with Valhalla Partners, Dan brings together the most respected and successful venture investors in the region. Valhalla Partners' present and past investments have resulted in 27 M&As, 22 IPOs, and over $1 billion in investment proceeds. Prior to joining Valhalla Partners, Dan was a director and senior staff member at the PricewaterhouseCoopers Global Technology Centre, analyzing technology trends and consulting on technology-oriented strategies in the software, e-business, wireless, optical, networking, semiconductor, and life sciences arenas. He worked with clients from North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. Dan was a Contributing Writer and Contributing Editor to the Technology Centre's annual Technology Forecast, and a frequent speaker at industry and general business meetings. Prior to joining PwC, Dan spent 20 years in Silicon Valley as a software technologist, manager, director, and entrepreneur, including senior technical roles at well-known Silicon Valley firms like Symantec, Intuit, and Oracle. Dan has also been involved in startup companies in the applied artificial intelligence and web applications fields. Dan has a BA from Harvard University and an MS from New York University in Computer Science.

Frankie Abralind

Innovative Thinking

Biography

Frankie Abralind is the founder of HTA Design Thinking, a business strategy consulting firm that uses the human-centered process to help companies grow. His expertise is in design thinking, service design, and user experience. Frankie is the director of Design Thinking DC, a 2,200 member community of design thinkers in Washington, DC. He brings together people from business, design, technology and beyond to learn and share best practices and creative solutions. Frankie is a champion of radical collaboration on methodologies, practices, and experiences to facilitate and deliver innovation in the world. Previously, Frankie served as creative director for Branson & Byrne, a creative marketing agency, and in executive operational and marketing roles with manufacturing firms. After studying design at Cornell University, Frankie earned his MBA at the University of Maryland's Smith School of Business.

Cait von Schnetlage

Creative Design, Prototyping, and Testing

Biography

Cait von Schnetlage is the founder and CEO of Full Suite Solutions, a full-service marketing and software development firm. In the public sector, Full Suite Solutions has provided Defense customers with cyber security consulting and currently has contracts within the community. In the public sector, Cait has helped clients obtain contracts totaling over $50,000,000. She has provided services for over 3 million square feet of commercial real estate and helped entrepreneurs in the medical, IT, and restaurant industries get approval for loans, investments, and commercial real estate space by developing strong and comprehensive business plans, presentations, and a polished corporate image. She is a Lecturer with the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) at the University of Maryland, College Park, teaching students in University of Maryland's Minor in Technology Entrepreneurship Program and the General Education Program of the University. She Cait earned her BA from the University of Maryland College Park and her MA and MBA from the Johns Hopkins University.

Dan Dearing

Market Development and Commercialization

Biography

Dan Dearing is Senior Director of Product and Solutions at Pulse Secure, a provider of integrated virtual private networks, network access control systems, and mobile security solutions. Previously, he was the VP of Marketing at MobileSpaces where he was responsible for helping define the company’s market vision and strategy, as well as increasing brand awareness. Dan has more than 20 years of experience driving marketing for leading companies within the telecommunication, mobility, security, and enterprise software industries. He holds a BS in Computer & Information Science from The Ohio State University and a MS in Computer Science from Virginia Tech.

Wilson L. White

Legals Aspects of Entrepreneurship

Biography

Wilson White is the Public Policy and Government Relations Senior Counsel at Google. He manages public policy and government relations outreach and advises on global policy implications of Android, Play and Google Glass products. He is an intellectual property attorney with substantial litigation experience in the financial, telecommunications, Internet and high-tech industries. Wilson has recent experience in technology and Internet public policy issues. Wilson began his career as a software engineer at I-Cubed and software developer at IBM. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University and a JD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.

Michael R. Pratt

Financial Management and New Venture Financing

Biography

Michael Pratt teaches and mentors students in University of Maryland's Minor in Technology Entrepreneurship Program and the General Education Program of the University. His career spans 35 years in management and finance, in both domestic and international organizations, and almost two decades in startups and venture capital, having raised over $100 million for eleven different startup ventures. Michael is the co-founder and Managing Partner in Select Venture Partners LLC, an early stage, post-seed/pre-Series A investment management firm. Prior to co-founding Select, he was co-founder and CEO of SpydrSafe Mobile Security, Inc., a mobile application security management platform that safeguarded enterprise data by controlling apps on smartphones and tablets (iOS and Android). SpydrSafe was acquired in February 2014. Prior to SpydrSafe, he was COO of CardStar, Inc., a mobile loyalty company sold to Constant Contact (NASDAQ: CTCT). From 2006 to 2010, Michael was the CFO/COO of Trust Digital, Inc., a venture-backed Mobile Device Management company sold to McAfee (NYSE: MFE). Prior to Trust, he was CFO of Galt Associates, Inc., a venture-backed software company sold to Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ: CERN) in July 2006. His earlier professional experience includes CEO of CrossMedia Networks Corp.; CEO of Point of Care Technologies (sold to Siemens Healthcare in 1999); various senior finance and operating roles with Mobil Corporation, including President and General Manager of three Mobil subsidiaries. Michael began his professional career with Arthur Andersen & Co. He holds a BS in Finance from East Carolina University, an MBA from Massey University in New Zealand, and an MS in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University.

Mark Komisky

Launching Technology Startup Ventures

Biography

Mark Komisky is a serial entrepreneur and technology executive with two decades of experience with startups as a founder, CEO/CXO, and advisor. He has raised over $30 million in early-stage funding from angels, venture capitalists, In-Q-Tel, and strategic investors. He was a co-founder and CEO of Bluefire Security, a pioneering mobile enterprise security software company, COO at Oculis Labs, and has held CXO positions in two other startups. Mark has executed technology licensing and distribution deals on behalf of startups with global partners, including Symantec, Motorola, Lenovo, HP/Palm, and 3M, among others, and has sold directly to global enterprise and government customers. Mark holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law School and a BA from Johns Hopkins University.

Satish Tamboli

Launching Technology Startup Ventures

Biography

Satish Tamboli is a Venture Advisor at Mtech Ventures and the Technology Advancement Program.  Satish was the Founder and Principal of US-Asia Ventures (USAV), a technology advisory firm to international private equity funds, venture capital firms, and global enterprises.  Satish was Director of Telecom, Media, and Technology (TMT) investments for the AIG Asian Infrastructure Funds I & II managed by Emerging Markets Partnerships (EMP Global), a private equity group with over $6 billion in committed capital from financial institutions including AIG, GE Capital, and Govt. of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC). He was responsible for investing over $500 million across a dozen mobile, broadband, and internet service providers in Asia.  Prior to this, Satish worked at INTELSAT (International Satellite Communications Organization), the largest provider of global satellite communications services. Previously, he was a Product Engineer at Texas Instruments, Houston, where he managed a MOS front-end fabrication line for static memories. Satish has an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University.

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