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The Master of Professional Studies in Technology Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation’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

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James V. Green

Innovative Ideas & Concept Development

Biography

Dr. Green is the Managing Director of Learning and Development for the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) at the University of Maryland. He leads the Master of Professional Studies in Technology Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation, Master of Professional Studies in Product Management, and Minor in Technology Entrepreneurship.  He is a national presenter on entrepreneurship education with refereed papers and presentations at conferences for the Academy of Management (AOM), the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA).

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 (acquired by Magna International, NYSE: MGA); Cyveillance, a software startup and world leader in cyber intelligence and intelligence-led security (acquired by QinetiQ, LSE: QQ.L); and Netmentors, an online mentoring and tutoring platform for K-12 students.

Dr. Green earned a Doctor of Management and an MS in Technology Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and a BS in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Sharon Flank

Strategies for Managing Innovation

Biography

Dr. Flank is an inventor and entrepreneur with experience in innovation leadership that encompasses artificial intelligence, anti-counterfeiting, drug delivery, sensor technology, and 3D printing.  As a co-inventor for a defense contractor’s first intellectual property (SRA, now General Dynamics), she created and then managed the patent process and helped create the spinout company (eMotion, funded by Chicago Tribune, Kodak, and GE; now part of OpenText and of Getty Images), which she later joined, eventually as CTO.

For her own venture-backed company, InfraTrac, she secured angel and venture investment, licensed university intellectual property, established a market niche in in-dose pharmaceutical anti-counterfeiting, and then pivoted to the more successful 3D printing security market after FDA mandated bar codes on packaging and disrupted the pharma market. InfraTrac has successfully delivered proof-of-concept 3D-printed security taggants as part of a military aerospace program. Dr. Flank continues to innovate, with 3D nanoprinting for precision controlled delivery, jointly developed with University of Maryland faculty.

Dr. Flank holds an A.B. from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

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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.

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Frankie Abralind

Innovative Thinking

Biography

Frankie Abralind is executive director of The Good Listening Project, a nonprofit that promotes good listening in hospitals. Previously, Frankie served as the lead designer for the Innovation Hub at Sibley Memorial Hospital, where he worked on improving the healthcare experience for patients, staff, and visitors. Frankie is a champion of radical collaboration on methodologies, practices, and experiences to facilitate and deliver innovation in the world. He earned his MBA at the University of Maryland's Smith School of Business after studying design at Cornell University. Frankie's expertise is in design thinking, experience design, and user research.

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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.

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Lola Koiki

Market Development and Commercialization

Biography

Lola Koiki is a Group Product Lead with Capital One and a Lecturer in entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Maryland. With Capital One, she has served as a product manager for real time payments, predictive messaging and enterprise personalization, identity management and authentication, and the small business bank. She is a Certified Scrum Alliance Product Owner, and Certified in Design Thinking from Capital One and the Stanford D School. She holds bachelors degrees in Marketing and Supply Chain Management from the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, and a Masters of Information Systems Management from the H. John Heinz III College at Carnegie Mellon University.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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