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UMD Alumni Entrepreneurs Get a “Jumpstart” from Dingman Center

Would you (or someone you know) buy customizable fashion jewelry? It’s a question entrepreneur Seble Alemayehu, MBA ’12, hopes to figure out by the end of her eight weeks participating in a new program at the University of Maryland. She and 16 other UMD alumni hoping to launch startups this year are getting the help they need to get their venture off the ground with the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship’s Jumpstart program.

Dingman Center Offers Lean Startup Program for Alumni

Statistics show that most startups fail – but not because they lack good ideas, products or technology. Most startups fail because they lack enough of the right customers and a clear plan of action. Enter Dingman Jumpstart, a proprietary program designed by the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship that helps University of Maryland alumni increase their odds of building successful businesses by learning how to reduce “customer risk” and develop clear action plans.

NEWS RELEASE: June 1, 2009 University of Maryland Business School Appoints Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship Director of Investments

CDCollege Park, Md. – June 1, 2009 — The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business today announced Craig Dye has joined the center as director of investments. In his new position, Dye will be leading the continued growth of the Dingman Center’s Capital Access Network, a successful angel investment group focused on funding early-stage deals up to $1.5 million.

Fearless Ideas Courses Inspire Innovation

The University of Maryland offers a set of “Fearless Ideas” courses through its Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (AIE), a signature initiative to infuse the university with a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship across all colleges, building on the institution's excellence as a research university.

The Robert H. Smith School of Business will offer four Fearless Ideas courses in fall 2014:

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