Initiatives & Programs

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Take a Class

Entrepreneurship Courses - View a full listing of the entrepreneurship courses offered through the Smith School of Business.

Launch an Idea

spark: Where Fearless Ideas Start - A two-day ideation event featuring design-thinking and brainstorming activities that provides students with a means to discover and explore how their passions can translate into business ideas.

Dingman Fridays - 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 Accelerator - A student accelerator program that guides student ventures from idea to launch using the lean startup methodology.

Terp Marketplace - Students are given the opportunity to test the market and sell their product or service to the UMD community.

Compete for Startup Funding

Pitch Dingman Competition - Held annually, students can compete for more than $30,000 in start-up funding. The competition consists of a fall Semifinals and a winter Finals competition.

Invest in Regional Startups

Dingman Center Angels - A Maryland-based angel investment group that provides funding to early-stage companies located within the Mid-Atlantic region.

Work for a Startup

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.

Kathryn Stewart Fellowship - An internship program designed for undergraduate students who are interested in entrepreneurship and want to intern at a startup for the summer.

Create Social Impact

Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps - MSEC is an international internship program for undergraduates. Participants spend the summer in the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, or Nicaragua working with local entrepreneurs and development professionals to apply business skills for social impact.

Ladies First - The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship’s commitment to increase the number of women involved in entrepreneurship at UMD.

Browse Past Dingman Center Programs

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.

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.

Dingman Content Expert Sessions - Professional staff, Entrepreneurs in Residence, and industry experts share their insights and expertise in these 30-60 minute presentations on a variety of topics targeted to entrepreneurs.