Initiatives & Programs

At the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, we develop and execute curricular and non-curricula programs that uniquely leverage the Smith School’s thought leadership, experiential learning and our network of practitioners to provide maximum resources to our community.

Below is an overview of our initiatives and programs. For more information on each initiative, use the links to the left.

Pitch Dingman Every Friday, experienced entrepreneurs are available to provide actionable feedback on your business idea. These walk-in sessions are informal – no suits or business plans necessary. Sessions are open to students, alumni, staff and faculty.
Legal Office Hours Meet with a Dingman Legal Advisor to receive free legal advice for your startup.
Fearless Founders A student accelerator program that guides student ventures from idea to launch using the lean startup methodology.
Dingman Center Angels A Maryland-based angel investment group that provides funding to early-stage companies located within the Mid-Atlantic region.
Pitch Dingman Competition Twice annually, students can compete for $3,500 in startup funding by pitching their businesses to a panel of all-star judges including regional entrepreneurs and members of the Smith School community.
Cupid’s Cup Now in its tenth year, Cupid’s Cup is an international business competition chaired by Kevin Plank ’96, founder and CEO of Under Armour. The competition awards more than $115K to the world’s top student entrepreneurs running impactful businesses.
Terp Marketplace Students are given the opportunity to test the market and sell their product or service to the UMD community.
AdVENTURE Challenge: China The eight-day global experience takes MBA students from Shanghai to Beijing, earning points as they visit Chinese startups, venture capital firms and cultural sights. The trip culminates with a final competition at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management.
Dingman Jumpstart An eight-week program for UMD alumni to de-risk their business ideas by learning how to reduce customer risk and develop clear action plans.
Entrepreneurship Courses View a full listing of the entrepreneurship courses offered through the Smith School of Business.
Hisaoka Fellowship Program The program provides a $5,000 stipend for first-year MBA students who secure summer internships with VC- or angel-funded startups and early stage companies.
Venture Practicum A two-credit Smith Experience course consisting of semester-long consulting agreements with some of the area’s most interesting startups, sourced through the Dingman Center Angels investor network.