Terp Startup

Terp Startup is a summer accelerator program that helps student entrepreneurs make progress on their startup for eight weeks in the summer in lieu of an internship. At the end of the summer program, students should have: made substantial progress on their product of service; secured or increased initial customers and partners; have the ability to make the "go/no-go" decision based on metrics and market indicators. We accept about 10 student startups into each cohort. Those selected for Terp Startup will receive:

  • A cash stipend up to $5,000.
  • Ongoing advising with venture mentors.
  • Access to exclusive workshops, a co-working space and other useful resources.

Candidates for Terp Startup Accelerator

  • Student entrepreneurs who have completed milestones from the New Venture Practicum stage by developing an MVP and acquiring initial customers.
  • Students who want to spend a summer executing on customer acquisition.
  • Students who have not completed Dingman Jumpstart or New Venture Practicum may apply. These students must have conducted initial customer discovery.

Outcomes

  • Make data-driven decisions about the next stage of their business.
  • Determine the metrics that matter, test assumptions, build market awareness and acquire/retain initial customers.
  • Leverage Dingman Center network and resources for accounting, tax, funding, IP and legal advice.

 

Terp Startup Summer 2019 Cohort

Azelle

Azelle

Founders: Barathi Aravindan '22
Azelle sells charm bracelets with proceeds that support saving the Chesapeake Bay.

Blessed Braids

Blessed Braids

Founder: Nadia Edet '20
Blessed Braids is a business that provides quality protective hair styling for an affordable price.

BraceLint

BraceLint

Founder: Daniel Raithel '20
BraceLint's patent-pending bracelet-like design offers a more portable lint removal solution.

Break Box

Break Box

Founder: Ryan Perpal '20
Break Box facilitates better glass recycling practices through fun bottle throwing experiences.

Code and Play

Code&Play LLC

Founder: Felipe de Padua, MS '19
Code&Play offers live online coding courses from real engineers for kids and teenagers.

HANGRY

Hangry

Founder: Shehan Weeraman '19, Nick Adimi '18 
Hangry is an online food ordering and delivery platform that delivers food via drones.

InstaBeauty

InstaBeauty

Founder: Sadia Alao '20
InstaBeauty is a delivery platform where users order beauty goods with personal shoppers.

 Solr Tech

Iced Out Cosmetics

Founder: Isha Kamara '20
A cosmetics brand that celebrates beauty in people marginalized by societal standards.

MPLEX

MPLEX

Founder: Galen Stetsyuk '20
MPLEX is a virtual reality video game company creating a game worth getting a VR headset for.

 NuroSTREAM

NuroSTREAM

Founders: Steven Jettoo '20 (CEO) and Kirsten Newman '15 (CMO)
NuroSTREAM is an app using neuroscience-based tools to help facilitate learning.

 OpenPoll

OpenPoll

Founder: Zachary Wynegar '20
OpenPoll allows decision makers to distribute surveys and collect responses more easily.

Pendulum Analytics

Pendulum Analytics

Founder: William Sherman, MBA '19
Pendulum Analytics provides a cost-effective approach to preventing financial transaction failure.

Sabreen Cosmetics

Sabreen Cosmetics

Founder: Kareemah Mustafa '19
Sabreen cosmetics markets vegan and cruelty-free beauty products to women of color.

Savvy Tech

Savvy Tech

Founder: Thomas Savransky '20
The Savvy Tech app allows users to try on and buy designer clothing in a virtual marketplace.

TOUCAN

Toucan

Founder: Shyon Parsadoust '19
Toucan is a collaborative e-commerce platform to help student creators market their talents.

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