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Sep 12, 2016
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As a Cupid’s Cup winner, Adam VanWagner ’11 knows a thing or two about entrepreneurship. Adam spent his days at Smith coaching startups to success, including the 2015 Cupid’s Cup champion, and is now taking his entrepreneurial energy to Amazon.

Sep 02, 2016
Experiential / Reality-based Learning
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Is it better for PepsiCo to dress up “Naked” or square a circle? The MBA Class of 2018 at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business got their first taste of corporate consulting, data analysis and the whirlwind pace of business school life during the MBA Orientation Live Case Competition on Friday, August 19, 2016.

Sep 01, 2016
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The Office of Diversity Initiatives at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is excited to kick off the 2016-17 school year with a screening of the film Dream, Girl, a documentary that showcases inspiring success stories of female entrepreneurs. Join the women of Smith for the screening and post-screening discussion reception. Dream big with us on Sept. 13 at 6 p.m.

Aug 10, 2016
World Class Faculty & Research
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Recent headlines signal breakfast has been sizzling at U.S. restaurants. But Smith School experts warn that profitably pivoting to meet the demand is not a sure thing for restaurateurs. "Like any other innovation, consumers get used to it and start to lose interest," Smith School professor Janet Wagner says. Dingman Center entrepreneur-in-residence Harry Geller shares three questions that...

Jul 20, 2016
Entrepreneurial Spirit
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Startup founders looking for customers eventually run out of friends and relatives. "Once they get past that first handful of contacts, they don’t know how to get in front of the market in a bigger way," says Liz Sara, founder of consulting firm Best Marketing. She shares three keys to success in episode 4 of Bootstrapped, a Smith School podcast series. Read...

Jun 22, 2016
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Electric car maker Tesla Motors describes its bid to acquire full-service solar power systems provider SolarCity as a move destined to create the “world’s only vertically integrated energy company offering end-to-end clean energy products to our customers.” But Smith School management professor Brent Goldfarb says such a move is destined to fall flat. He explains his rationale....

Jun 08, 2016
Entrepreneurial Spirit
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The Fontainebleau in Miami Beach provided a suitable venue for the National Parking Association’s most recent convention for at least two reasons. Besides the luxury accommodations, the buzzing nightlife at the hotel creates one of the hardest valet parking jobs in the country. “You need 45 runners on a midnight shift,” says former University of Maryland football player Sam Medile, an angel investor and serial entrepreneur who made...

Jun 02, 2016
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Venture capitalists are stars in Silicon Valley, picking and choosing among potential tech giants and riding startups to riches (if they're lucky). But venture capital isn't for every startup, and the pursuit of VC can be a trap, points out Elana Fine, executive director of the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business....

May 23, 2016
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Weekly Washington Post columns featuring Smith School experts.

May 17, 2016
Entrepreneurial Spirit
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In late April, the Robert H. Smith School of Business hosted the Smith Entrepreneurship Research Conference (SERC), an annual conference designed to highlight important entrepreneurship-focused research papers. The invitation-only conference, which is attended by prominent researchers and rising stars, helps researchers determine best practices in linking researchers’ findings to practitioners’ goals. SERC discussions are focused on relevant social, economic and organizational issues in the entrepreneurship field.

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