Entrepreneurship Programming at the
Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET)

Institutional Overview: 

            The Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) is home to one of the largest group of scientists in the world addressing marine and environmental research through molecular approaches. IMET is a joint University System of Maryland research institute capitalizing on the strengths of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). IMET integrates research excellence with graduate education, training and economic development.  IMET’s principal mission is to spawn new ideas and projects that result in economic growth in Maryland in the areas of human health and the health of the coastal environment.

            IMET currently leads three programs in entrepreneurship:  the Ratcliffe Environmental Entrepreneurs Fellowship Program, the IMET Business Incubator (EBI) and Baltimore Entrepreneurial Offices Hours. 

The Ratcliffe Environmental Entrepreneurs Fellowship (REEF) Program

            IMET’s recently established Ratcliffe Environmental Entrepreneurs Fellowship Program (REEF) is helping young scientists cultivate the leadership and business skills necessary to bring their research into commercial markets. REEF is giving students a more informed appreciation of the potential business implications of their research - both for those who wish to start their own business and others interested in careers with established companies.  The program includes fellowships for select students, short courses on basic business principles, externships with established companies and start-ups, and seed funding for students with viable ideas for new company formation.

            The program launched in the fall of 2014 and covered the following topics with a strong group of guest lecturers, several of whom have continued to mentor our students:

Sample Topics

  • Introduction and Creativity Exercises
  • Intellectual Property Development and Management- Good vs. Great
  • Marketing & Strategic Communications
  • Stage Gate Theory Applied to Business Planning

Select Guest Mentors:

  • Paul Silber- CEO In vitro Technologies, Evergreen Ventures, Blu Ventures
  • Jason Brooke- CEO Vasoptic Medical
  • Ted Olsen- CEO Path Sensors
  • Steve Dubin- CEO Martek; SD Ventures

Harbor Launch: IMET's Business Incubator

Harbor Launch at IMET is an incubator for young companies working to promote the development of products and services having a positive impact on the environment and human health.

Incubator companies can leverage IMET's world-class researchers, whose work includes marine bioenergy; environmental sensor development; environmental remediation; developmental biology; marine biomedicine; molecular and cellular systems and sustainable urban ports and ecosystems.

Harbor Launch also connects incubator companies with the resources (people, facilities, etc.) of its partner institutions (UMCES, UMBC, and UMB) and the University System of Maryland.

Click here to visit the Harbor Launch website.

Baltimore Entrepreneur Office Hours: 

The Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (MTech) and the Institute for Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) are partnering with representatives from the greater Baltimore entrepreneurship community to offer free, open Baltimore Entrepreneur Office Hours (BEOH) on the third Tuesday of each month. Interested entrepreneurs and innovators can walk in, or reserve a slot online at http://www.eoh.umd.edu/baltimore_register.html.

Baltimore Entrepreneur Office Hours will help aspiring and current entrepreneurs with tech-based startups or ideas get advice on how to:

  • Build and finance a startup company;
  • Develop and protect intellectual property;
  • Navigate the technology transfer process;
  • Refine their business strategy for rapid growth; and
  • Tap into additional entrepreneurial resources

Representatives from the following organizations and groups and others will typically be on hand to speak with entrepreneurs and innovators in one-on-one sessions regarding questions they have about starting a company or commercializing a technology:

  • Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech)
  • Institute for Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET)
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
  • Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center
  • BioHealth Innovation, Inc. (BHI)
  • Maryland Department of Commerce, incl. BioHealth Technology
  • BioMaryland Center
  • Early Charm Ventures
  • Saul Ewing LLP
  • Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, LLP

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