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Want to start a Startup

Step 1: Contact David Fink at
Step 2: Please visit UMBC Alex Brown Start-ups tools kit, for a list of Startup tools.
Step 3: Research funding opportunities 

Catalyst Fund – An internal funding opportunity, which supports technology originating from UMBC research, such as proof-of-concept studies, extending data collection and prototype development. Award Size: up to $25,000.

The Maryland Inovation Initiative (MII) -The program is designed to promote commercialization of research conducted in the partnership universities and leverage each institution’s strengths.

NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) & Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) -The (SBIR) and (STTR) programs,  allow US-owned and operated small businesses to engage in federal research and development that has a strong potential for commercialization.

Maryland Industrial Partnership Program (MIPS) -MIPS provides funding, matched by participating companies, for university-based research projects that help the companies develop new products.

Step 4: Finding Training programs and Business Incubators 

The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps™)– A programs that prepares scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and broadens the impact of select, NSF-funded, basic-research projects.

bwtech@UMBC – bwtech@UMBC brings research, entrepreneurship, business leads, prospective clients and economic development in the Maryland region to one singular place.

Step 5: For more information on starting a Startup you can follow us on twitter


Step 6: Learn about our licensing options, for more information please visit our Express License Agreement page.


For a list of our Startup companies, please click on the following link; UMBC Startup companies
To view all our inventions available to license, please visit and search “UMBC”