Workshop Offerings

Are you interested in introducing entrepreneurial concepts to your class, club, or organization? The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship and Smith school Staff offers a variety of on-demand workshops that are targeted to entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, or those with an interest in entrepreneurship at different stages of their journeys.  Professional Staff, Entrepreneurs in Residence, and industry experts share their insights and expertise in these 30-60 minute presentations.  Presenters may vary based on availability, timing, and your needs, but listed below are examples of some of the presenters that we have had deliver these presentations in the past. 

If you are interested in hosting a workshop in your class, for your club meeting, or at your event, please reach out to the Dingman Center at Dingman@rhsmith.umd.edu.

Lean Startup 101
Presenter: Community and Student Programs Manager, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship
Lean Startup 101 is an introduction to the Lean Startup Methodology taught in the Fearless Founders courses at the Dingman Center. The methodology, characterized by the “Build. Measure. Learn.” cycle, helps entrepreneurs reduce risk and pivot faster in the development of a new business idea.
Workshop Stage: Early/Ideation
 
Triple Bottom Line:  Better Business
Presenter: Sara Herald, Assistant Director, Social Entrepreneurship, Robert H. Smith School of Business Center for Social Value Creation
In this presentation we explore ways for business to “do well by doing good,” by examining the three pillars of sustainability: social, environmental, and financial.
Workshop Stage: Early/Ideation
 
Storyboarding: The Art of Communicating your Message
Presenter: Oliver Schlake, Professor Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Maryland, College Park
Effective presentations walk the viewer through a story. In this session, we will cover how to develop, organize, and clearly articulate the story of your idea or company. This session is recommended with How to Create a Killer Pitch for those looking to build their first pitch deck.
Workshop Stage: Early/Ideation or Growth
 
How to Create a Killer Pitch
Presenter: Community and Student Programs Manager, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship
Often paired with Storyboarding: The Art of Communicating your Message, this workshop covers the nuts and bolts of creating a convincing pitch presentation. Topics discussed include: creating strong content, revamping your visuals, and dominating your delivery.
Workshop Stage: Early/Ideation or Growth
 
Social Media for Startups 101
Presenter: Holly DeArmond, Associate Director, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship
How do you create a following for your startup? In this session social media pro, Holly DeArmond, covers the do’s and don’ts  of social media and how to use social media as an effective marketing tool!
Workshop Stage: Growth
 
Marketing and Media
Presenter: Holly DeArmond, Associate Director, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship
As your startup grows, getting the right press and media exposure can help you turn from a no-name into a household name.  In this workshop, you will learn strategies and techniques for using media and other techniques to market your startup.
Workshop Stage: Growth
 
Funding your Venture
Presenter: Elana Fine, Managing Director, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship
One of the most important roles of any entrepreneur is that of fundraiser for their company. In this session you explore the different funding options available to you as an entrepreneur and the pros and cons of each. Topics covered include: crowdfunding, family and friends, awards and grants, angel funding, venture funding, and small business loans.
Workshop Stage: Growth
 
Introduction to Startup Math
Presenter: Elana Fine, Managing Director, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship
Understanding your startup finances will help you navigate accounting for your business. This session covers the basics of startup pricing, cost structure, and accounting.
Workshop Stage: Growth
 
Intrapreneurship
Presenter: Community & Student Programs Manager, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship
Do you love the entrepreneurial mindset but want to work for an established company? This session teaches you how to be an intrapreneur – an employee of an existing organization or company that brings innovative thinking to all aspects of their job.
Workshop Stage: Career Focused
 
Navigating the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem (DC/MD/VA)
Presenter: Elana Fine, Managing Director, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship
The best entrepreneurs use the resources available to them. This session helps you understand the organizations, businesses, and resources that comprise the DC Metro entrepreneurship ecosystem and what each offers to those who want to engage in entrepreneurship.
Workshop Stage: Early/Ideation, Growth, or Career Focused
 
Plan B for Plan A
Presenter: Polly Vail, Entrepreneurship Advisor, University of Maryland
Do you have the ultimate goal of starting your own business, but are not sure when you want to take the plunge? This workshop covers ways to ensure that you are building your professional experiences to support your ultimate goals.
Workshop Stage: Early/Ideation, Growth, or Career Focused