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The Alex. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship focuses on establishing collaboration with entrepreneurs, government, higher education institutions and businesses throughout the region. By serving as a catalyst in these connections, the Center offers both start-ups and established organizations the resources they need to explore funding opportunities, receive first-hand advice from industry experts, identify up-to-the-minute research initiatives within their industry sector and enhance their pool of employee candidates.

UMBC-sponsored initiatives such as ACTiVATE and bwtech@UMBC provide specialized environments and services geared specifically toward research and technology businesses. Through UMBC’s Career Services Center, businesses are introduced to undergraduate and graduate students interested in professional internship experience in career-related fields. Additionally, programs such as the Entrepreneurial Speaker Series and CEO Chats create an on-going dialogue between campus and the business community.

Continuing Your Entrepreneurial Education



Achieving the Commercialization of Technology in Ventures through Applied Training for Entrepreneurs
UMBC’s ACTiVATE program supports participants in an entrepreneurship development program focused on technology commercialization. Participants work with technology innovations from universities in the region and turn them into technology-based, start up companies. ACTiVATE is a customized program that addresses the unique needs of women interested in starting technology companies.

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UMBC’s INNOVATE! program supports post-docs and men and women in the business community interested in an entrepreneurship development program focused on technology commercialization. INNOVATE! is a customized program modeled on UMBC’s successful ACTiVATE program and it addresses the needs of people interested in starting bio-technology businesses.

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SmartacceleratorSM for Technology Entrepreneurs

SmartacceleratorSM is a multi-day program designed to accelerate the growth and development of high tech start-up companies through training, networking, introductions to funding sources and technical assistance. It allows CEOs and their senior management teams to listen and learn first-hand from industry experts on how to secure funding and grow their business to the next level. Customized programs targeting the unique challenges faced by BioTech and Information Technology companies, as well as general technology companies, are available.

For more information contact Vivian Armor.


bwtech@UMBC brings research, entrepreneurship, business leads, prospective clients and economic development in the Maryland region to one singular place—a place full of like-minded businesses on the forefront of innovation. The bwtech@UMBC community is a center of innovation for businesses in all different stages of development.

Our 71-acre community is located minutes from BWI airport and adjacent to UMBC, a research university voted #1 in innovation three years in a row.

We are:

  • A location for start-up companies to grow
  • A location for established companies to expand their business, network and find talent
  • A place for visiting companies to network with other like-minded businesses


bwtech@UMBC North

55203 Research Park Drive
Suite 310
Baltimore, MD 21228

bwtech@UMBC South

1450 South Rolling Road
Halethorpe, MD 21227
410-455-5901 fax