The Dingman Center has growth opportunities and resources available for student entrepreneurs at any venture stage, whether you're trying to come up with an idea or have a business already.
Any Idea Stage
Dingman Fridays - Every Friday, experienced entrepreneurs are available to provide actionable feedback on your business idea. These appointments are informal – no suits or business plans necessary. Sessions are open to students, alumni, staff and faculty.
Dingman Center Mentor Network - The Dingman Center Mentor Network is the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship’s initiative to connect our network of successful entrepreneurs and professionals to our top student entrepreneurs.
Looking for a Venture Idea
spark: Where Fearless Ideas Start - An ideation event featuring brainstorming activities that provides students with a means to discover and explore how their passions can translate into business ideas.
Ladies First - Ladies First is the Dingman Center’s commitment to increase the number of women involved in entrepreneurship at UMD. Ladies First features multiple workshops and speaking events throughout the year designed to help aspiring female entrepreneurs come up with business ideas to solve problems or social issues they're passionate about.
Developing a Venture Idea
Dingman Jumpstart - Lay the foundation for your idea to become a reality. This pivotal workshop is a crash-course in business models, financials, understanding your competition and much more.
Fearless Founders - A venture creation program consisting of a for-credit academic course and summer accelerator that guide student ventures to launch using the lean startup methodology. See our list of current students and ventures in Fearless Founders here.
Ladies First Founders - As part of our Ladies First initiative, the Ladies First Founders course offers female students with a venture a for-credit opportunity to learn soft skills needed to overcome gender biases in entrepreneurship.
Legal Office Hours - Meet with a Dingman Legal Advisor to receive free legal advice for your startup. Suggested for only after you have a minimum viable product.
Showcasing your Venture
Terp Marketplace - Students are given the opportunity to test the market and sell their product or service to the UMD community.
Pitch Dingman Competition - Held annually, students can compete for more than $30,000 in startup funding. The competition consists of a fall Semifinals and a winter Finals competition.