learn. launch. fly.



Alumnus Anthony Casalena founded Squarespace, a leading web publishing platform.

FiscalNote, co-founded by alumnus Jonathan Chen, is pushing the boundaries of innovation with government data.

Alertus, co-founded by two alumni, is a leading provider of mass notification systems.

DoseSpot, founded by alumnus Greg Waldstreicher, offers an e-prescription platform that integrates with medical software.


As the nation’s first living-learning entrepreneurship program, Hinman CEOs is a groundbreaking initiative placing entrepreneurial students from all technical and non-technical academic disciplines in a unique community. Students live together, learn about entrepreneurship, and can launch new ventures. The mission of Hinman CEOs is to foster an entrepreneurial spirit, create a sense of community and cooperation, and develop ethical leaders. All undergraduates from the University of Maryland, College Park are invited to apply for this competitive program. Brian Hinman, University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering alumnus and successful entrepreneur, provided funding to initiate and support the Program.

Kevin Kirk, CEO of Imaginex
After starting his career with Under Armour, Kevin Kirk is now serving as the CEO of Imaginex, a creative technology studio that produces unique multi-sensory experiences. Hear how he applied the lessons of the Hinman CEOs Program as he leads this innovative technology startup.

LIVE with active and aspiring student entrepreneurs

The Hinman CEOs Program encompasses innovative and unique activities, resources, and facilities designed to provide a rich and supportive environment for learning about and practicing entrepreneurship. Key program aspects and features are outlined in detail below.

LEARN in a vibrant, experiential environment

With all Hinman CEOs resident in South Campus Commons Two, the learning experience takes place in a variety of ways. While students will earn course credit in our entrepreneurship courses and lecture series, the learning goes beyond the classroom. They can talk one-on-one with engaging entrepreneurial leaders in our exclusive speaker series, and then brainstorm late night with fellow Hinman CEOs in their dorm. Not only are students connected with the 90-member Hinman CEOs community on-campus, they also have unique access to the 500+ Hinman CEOs alumni, thereby expanding their personal and professional network by making life-long connections to today’s leaders and tomorrow’s CEOs.

Students are engaged in experiential entrepreneurship courses throughout the Hinman CEOs Program. Led by award-winning faculty, these courses merge the academic side of entrepreneurship and innovation with its application in real life. Dynamic speakers and workshops are integrated into the curriculum to cultivate the creation and launch of new ventures.

Hinman CEOs join the program with 3-credits in entrepreneurship, enroll in ENES460 and ENES462 during the Program, and take a final elective to fulfill the 12-credit Program. All 12-credits of Hinman CEOs courses can be applied to the 15-credit Minor in Technology Entrepreneurship.

Hinman CEOs Courses

Option 1

ENES140 Discovering New Ventures (3 credits)

This multi-disciplinary course helps students to learn the basic business, strategy, and leadership skills needed to launch new ventures.

Option 2

HEIP143 Foundations of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (1 credit)

Foundational ideas and terms in entrepreneurship and innovation are introduced.


HEIP241 EIP Capstone: Creating Enterprise with Social Impact (2 credits)

Addresses the global necessity to develop and implement solutions to critical social and environmental concerns in ways that are both technologically viable and economically sustainable.

Fall Semester

ENES 460, Fundamentals of Technology Startup Ventures (3 credits)

Using the business model canvas framework, the course helps students learn the processes and skills needed to launch and manage new ventures.

Spring Semester

ENES462 Marketing High-Technology Products & Innovations (3 credits)

Examines how entrepreneurs can market high-technology products successfully in turbulent environments and make rapid decisions, even with incomplete information.

Elective options (Select one, 3-credit offering)

ENES463 Strategies for Managing Innovation

ENES464 International Entrepreneurship & Innovation or HEIP240 Exploring International Entrepreneurship & Innovation

ENES466 Leading and Financing the Technology Venture

ENES471 Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship

LAUNCH real companies

While the Hinman CEOs are not required to start a business, history shows that approximately 25% of students develop and launch companies as undergraduates. We encourage these students as well as support others attending top graduate schools and joining leading corporations. We work with students to secure grants and awards, and have helped raise over $300,000 for student ventures. Our on-site business coaching services, entrepreneurs-in-residence, and seed fund provide a wonderful environment for launching new ventures.



Visit Us

The Hinman CEOs Program offices and dorm are located in South Campus Commons 2 at the University of Maryland.

Hinman CEOs Program
South Campus Commons Building 2
4250 Knox Rd
College Park, MD 20742