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Student Perspectives On The Hinman Ceos Program

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Lessons from Entrepreneurship Programs

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10.1158.1 - 10.1158.13



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Tony Casalena

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Matt Weinstein

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Borna Ghavam

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Blake Robertson

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Karen Thornton

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David Barbe

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James Green

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Session xxxx

Hinman CEOs Student Ventures David Barbe, Karen Thornton, James Green Tony Casalena, Matt Weinstein, Borna Ghavam, and Blake Robertson

Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute Hinman CEOs Program University of Maryland, College Park


In Fall 2000, the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, in cooperation with the Smith School of Business, created a unique residential entrepreneurship educational model - the Hinman Campus Entrepreneurship Opportunities (CEOs) Program. The program is based on an input/output model in which the input is undergraduate students with a strong entrepreneurial drive; the system is an incubator-like entrepreneurial community environment and a variety of resources including education, networking, teaming and mentoring; and the output is students with substantial entrepreneurial knowledge and experience in operating real companies. This paper profiles four venture models operated by current Hinman CEOs students including students who are creating both high-tech and low-tech for-profit businesses.

1. Introduction The Hinman Campus Entrepreneurship Opportunities (CEOs) Program is a unique and award-winning, living-learning program at the University of Maryland, College Park, launched in Fall 2000 and offered to undergraduate students possessing strong interest in entrepreneurial ventures. The program, currently managed by the Clark School of Engineering, is a campus-wide initiative accepting students from all academic disciplines and encouraging the participation of diverse and under-represented groups. Brian Hinman, University of Maryland Alumnus of the A. James Clark School of Engineering and entrepreneur, provided $2.5 million to initiate and support the program for its first ten years. The Hinman CEOs living-learning environment is housed in an exclusive, apartment- style residence hall designed to encourage interaction and teaming. State-of-the-art facilities and equipment in an incubator-like setting enables the free flow of ideas among the CEOs, as well as easy interaction with experts from both inside and outside of the university. Seminars by entrepreneurs and experts in venture concepts and practices are held to educate and inspire the CEOs. Mentoring is provided by Hinman CEOs program directors, who have experience advising young entrepreneurs, and by regional professionals who have expertise in business, legal, technology, and other fields important to entrepreneurs. In some cases

Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Casalena, T., & Weinstein, M., & Ghavam, B., & Robertson, B., & Thornton, K., & Barbe, D., & Green, J. (2005, June), Student Perspectives On The Hinman Ceos Program Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14360

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