Have you ever thought about starting your own technology company? The ACTiVATEŽ program can help you on your way.

The ACTiVATE® program is a yearlong, applied, entrepreneurship training program focused on teaching women with some technical or business experience to create technology companies based on inventions from the region’s research institutions and federal laboratories. The training program follows a proven methodology for starting technology companies and does so in a supportive environment consisting of other aspiring women entrepreneurs, instructors experienced in entrepreneurship, advisors from the local business community and an ever-growing, national network of program graduates. With classes scheduled one evening per week and once a month on a Saturday and some sessions delivered online, the program is well-suited for women who are working full-time and have other commitments during the day. If you are serious about wanting to learn to start a technology-based company, the award-winning ACTiVATE® program could be just right for you.


ACTiVATE® is Expanding

The original ACTiVATE® program was created at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). One of the goals of the program was to duplicate it in other regions of the country and for other groups underrepresented in entrepreneurship. Consistent with this goal, UMBC has licensed the ACTiVATE® program to the Path Forward Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (PFCIE), a not-for-profit organization that is focused on expanding the program nationally and internationally.


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Building on the ACTiVATE® Model

In addition to PFCIE’s expansion efforts, UMBC has been working to adapt the ACTiVATE® program model to other groups. With a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Partnerships for Innovation Program in 2009, UMBC, in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School, developed the INNoVATE™ program, a new program based on the ACTiVATE® program model but designed for life scientists (both men and women), including post-doctoral researchers, who want to form companies. The inaugural INNoVATE™ class began in March 2010.




"The ACTiVATE® program provides an awareness of entrepreneurship for a significant number of women, who traditionally have been under- represented among entrepreneurs, while also providing a model for commercializing innovations at universities and federal labs that can be used at other institutions across the country."

Freeman Hrabowski
President of UMBC