Learning Technology Transfer Entrepreneurship Through Doing

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, December 10, 2018

This is a guest blog by Dr. John Short, College of Southern Maryland.

Cultivating economic growth in Charles County requires, among other things, helping those with an entrepreneurial bent develop their talents and put them to work in the creation of new economic ventures. In Spring 2019, the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is teaming with the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Technology Division’s (NSWC IHEODTD) Technology Transfer Office to offer a unique opportunity to learn entrepreneurial strategy through developing viable startup business models for technologies created in federal labs.

Enrollment in CSM’s continuing education course Technology Transfer Entrepreneurship—known as “T2E” for short—will enable aspiring entrepreneurs of diverse ages and backgrounds to work on teams with experienced tech startup mentors and engineers and scientists from NSWC IHEODTD and other local federal labs, with the goal of developing viable startup businesses using technologies developed by these labs.

Students will:

  • learn about the latest tech startup business methodologies,
  • develop the soft skills necessary to perform a business case analysis,
  • develop a business case, and
  • present a “pitch” for their technology.

Teams will apply the Disciplined Entrepreneurship framework developed by MIT’s Bill Aulet to test their business model hypotheses against market realities and address the following themes for the technology they are evaluating:

 Who is your customer?

  • What can you do for your customer?
  • How does your customer acquire your product?
  • How do you make money off of your product?
  • How do you design and build your product?
  • How do you scale your business?

Students will also learn about:

  • startup funding,
  • intellectual property protection,
  • and more!

The T2E class will meet from January 23 through May 13, Mondays 5:20 to 7:05 p.m. on CSM’s La Plata Campus and Wednesdays 5:20 to 7:05 p.m. via the online video conferencing platform of Zoom. The course is highly experiential and will require additional time separate from the classroom pursuing customer discovery and development.

Registration is available as either a credit or a non-credit student. However, because of the level of commitment and performance expected of students, admission to the course is not automatic. Instructors will select applicants according to their level of interest and experience in entrepreneurship as well as their communication skills, both oral and written.

For application materials and instructions, visit www.csmd.edu/t2e. Feel free to write to the primary instructor, Dr. John Short at jshort1@csmd.edu, with any questions you may have.

CSM and NSWC IHEODTD are excited about this new opportunity and hope you will decide to join us. Come get plugged in to Charles County’s entrepreneurial ecosystem!

Views from Charles

Charles County Farmers Markets Kick Off 2021 Season

Published: Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Although some operations and layouts may look a little different, the 2021 Farmers Market season is underway in Charles County! Please know that our local farmers markets are still taking ...

“Charles County is a great central location for us to have access to all of our customers. We do business with NSWC Carderock, Naval Research Laboratory, NAWCAD Patuxent River, NSWC Dahlgren, and Indian Head Naval Support Facility, to name a few.”

Scott Decker
Director of Operations

Cardinal Scientific

“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”

Doug Egan
Chief Executive Officer
Competitive Power Ventures

“Charles County is where we started our company and where we grew and expanded. We now operate our managed print and managed IT solutions in five states and provide custom apps all around the globe. Our headquarters is still in Charles County, an excellent place to conduct business and recruit highly skilled individuals for our ever growing team!"

Joshua Justice

Just Tech


“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”

Katharine Tate
 Executive Director of Provider Engagement and Community Relations

Righttime Medical Care

“Charles County is a great place for businesses to start, grow, and thrive! We've worked with over 100 businesses since we opened our doors in Charles County, and I've witnessed the majority of these businesses achieve all three.”

Darlene M. Breck


Southern Maryland Business Center

“Charles County is a great place to do business because of the passion of the business community and the residents who strive to make it the best that it can be."

Andrew W. Welburn


The Welburn Organization