Student Resources


Through our partnerships with Capital One and Venture Well, the Dingman Center is able to offer grant funding to student entrepreneurs in the Fearless Founders accelerator program. Members of the Idea Shell Cohort are eligible for up to $500 in seed funding. Members of the Hatch Cohort are eligible for up to $2,500 in seed funding. For more information on the Fearless Founders program, visit the web page


Through generous gifts from Carly Fiorina and Kevin Plank, the Dingman Center has the ability to provide ad-hoc seed funding for University of Maryland startups. This funding can be in addition to any grants received through Fearless Founders funding. Grants range from $250-$1000. Funding typically goes towards equipment purchases, website hosting, rapid prototyping, incorporation fees or any other costs that you see a barrier to getting an idea to market. This funding is given in the form of non-dilutive grants. All we ask is that you think of us when you take your company public. If you are interested in receiving funding, read the requirements and fill out an application form.

Student Sponsorships

The Dingman Center offers sponsorship funds up to $1,000 for student groups, clubs and events. In return, the Center requests branding opportunities at sponsored events. These opportunities will be determined on a case-by-case basis. If you would like to request funds, complete a Sponsorship Request Form at

Terp Toolkit

The Terp Toolkit series on the Dingman Center blog provides practical tips for anyone interested in pursuing an entrepreneurial venture. Click any of the posts below to learn more. 

Introducing the Business Model Canvas

Build. Measure. Learn. Repeat: An Intro to the Lean Startup Methodology

Building the Right Entrepreneurial Board

Resources For Starting Your Business

Finding Office Space For Your Startup

Marketing Your Startup

Accounting For Your Startup

Financing Your Startup

Legal and Intellectual Property Tips For Startups

Incorporating Social Impact into Your Business Model