Tomorrow's business leaders need to be fast, flexible, adaptable, and
able to take charge of their own careers. They need to be able to encourage
and harness innovation in their organizations. And they need to be able to
identify, evaluate and exploit new venture opportunities.
The Smith School is nurturing great ideas and growing student businesses.
We are proud to be home to one of the most distinguished, dynamic,
and practical academic entrepreneurship programs in the country. With the
Smith School's Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship serving as the hub, the
program covers a wide variety of entrepreneurial subjects, including social
responsibility. Coursework is reinforced by co-curricular learning and
mentoring, faculty research projects, hosted events, business plan
competitions, and professional organizations.
Entrepreneurship Fellows, offered by the Smith Undergraduate Fellows
Program, gives undergraduate students at the school's nearby Shady Grove
campus the opportunity to specialize in entrepreneurship studies in addition
to normal coursework, with special attention given to career launching
Smith students can also learn how to take great ideas from
conception to the marketplace with help from the Dingman Center's active and
accomplished Entrepreneurs-in-Residence. Regular Pitch Dingman sessions
offer members of the Smith community the opportunity to present business
ideas and compete for modest venture funding each month. The Dingman Center
connects entrepreneurs with angel investors through its Capital Access
Network (CAN). The school also fosters global innovation through the
Business Plan Competition, which yearly awards $50,000 in prizes to
fledgling Chinese businesses. Cupid's Cup, an annual business plan
competition, showcases young entrepreneurs from the University of Maryland
and is made possible by one of Smith's most successful entrepreneurs, Kevin
Plank, CEO of Under Armour.
Smith faculty research looks at innovation, the globalization of
entrepreneurship, new venture creation, and the diffusion of products in the