Nextel Co-Founder and Visionary Leader Morgan O'Brien to Headline University of Maryland Technology Start-Up Boot Camp

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Leaders in the region's entrepreneurship community teach the Boot Camp, an intensive, one-day workshop and networking event about how to successfully launch technology ventures.

"The Boot Camp is a national model for a high-energy, information-packed start-up workshop, emulated by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance in its Invention to Venture series."

Morgan O'Brien, a visionary leader who helped shape the wireless industry and co-founder of Nextel Communications, will discuss his experiences as an entrepreneur at the University of Maryland Technology Start-Up Boot Camp, held October 22, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Leaders in the region's entrepreneurship community teach the Boot Camp, an intensive, one-day workshop and networking event about how to successfully launch technology ventures.

"The Boot Camp is a national model for a high-energy, information-packed start-up workshop, emulated by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance in its Invention to Venture series," says Dean Chang, director of Mtech's Venture Programs and director of the Technology Advancement Program. "There's a reason—an average of 500 people attend each year and come away inspired, informed, and with new contacts. Whether you're a seasoned, new or aspiring entrepreneur, you come away with a comprehensive overview of best practices, tips from the trenches and detail upon detail about how to successfully launch and sustain a technology company."

Topics for this year's Boot Camp include:

  • Startup nuts and bolts: the how-to's of incorporating, stock certificates, taxes, and more
  • Perfecting your elevator pitch
  • Keeping the wolves at bay: how to protect your intellectual property
  • How to fund a prototype
  • Early stage investment: new rules, new paradigms
  • Biotechnology startups: market research, grants, and other resources
  • Why the University of Maryland is a great place to start a company: three success stories

The day includes a live, open, elevator pitch competition, where $500 will be awarded to the person or team with the best pitch for their company or product idea.

Boot Camp speakers include: Ed Barrientos, CEO, Brazen Careerist, Managing Partner, Zeitgeist Holdings, Visiting Angel, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship; Dean Chang, Director, Mtech Venture Programs and Director, Technology Advancement Program; Martha Connolly, Director, Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program; Alla Corey, Program Manager, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship; Hugh G. Courtney, Vice Dean, Professor of the Practice of Strategy, Robert H. Smith School of Business; Akbar Dawood, Analyst, Mtech Ventures; Matt Dowling, Co-Founder, Remedium Technologies, 2010 Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Global Venture Challenge Winner, 2009 Global Security Challenge Winner, 2007 UMD $50K Business Plan Competition Winner; Craig Dye, Director, Mtech VentureAccelerator Program; Carol Espy Wilson, Founder, OmniSpeech LLC, 2010 UMD $75K Business Plan Competition Winner, 2010 Maryland Daily Record Innovator of the Year; Samuel E. Feigin, Partner and Chair, Israel Business, Nixon Peabody LLP; Brent Goldfarb, Assistant Professor, Management & Entrepreneurship, Robert H. Smith School of Business; Mark Kass, Partner and Chair, Israel Business, Nixon Peabody LLP; Carolyn Karlson, Director, Hillman Entrepreneurs Program; Karen Miller, Manager, BioEntrepreneur Resources Program, Maryland Biotechnology Center; Darryll Pines, Dean, A. James Clark School of Engineering; Matthew Portnoy, Program Director, Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health; Bob Proctor, CEO, FlexEl LLC; W. Karl Renner, Principal, Fish & Richardson P.C.; Gayatri Varma, Executive Director, University of Maryland Office of Technology Commercialization; Greg Waldstreicher, Co-Founder, DoseSpot, 2010 Entrepreneur Magazine College Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, 2010 UMD $75K Business Plan Competition Winner; and Janet Yang, Principal, Novak Biddle Venture Partners.

Platinum sponsors for the event include Fish & Richardson and Nixon Peabody. Bronze sponsors include the Greater Baltimore Technology Council and Business Alliance. Supporting organizations include the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance and the University of Maryland Office of Technology Commercialization.

The Boot Camp is hosted by the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech).

For more information about the Boot Camp, visit: http://www.bootcamp.umd.edu.

About the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) (http://www.mtech.umd.edu)
The mission of the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) is tri-fold: educate the next generation of technology entrepreneurs; help entrepreneurs create successful technology-based ventures; and connect Maryland companies with university resources to help them succeed. Founded in 1983, Mtech has had a $22.5 billion cumulative impact on the Maryland economy through its programs. Mtech is a unit of the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland.

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