Initiatives & Programs

The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship has created a number of programs to appeal to UMD students and alumni who are interested in entrepreneurship. Learn more about for-credit courses, venture creation programs, seed funding, and startup employment opportunities.


There are a variety of ongoing entrepreneurship courses offered through the Smith School of Business. Please check Testudo for current semester offerings and full course descriptions.


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.


Pitch Dingman CompetitionPitch Dingman Competition

Held annually, students from any college or major can compete in three different tracks for over $70,000 in startup funding while earning the skills needed to grow their ventures and deliver a successful venture pitch.


Dingman Center Angels

Dingman Center Angels (DCA) is a Maryland based angel investment group that provides funding to early-stage companies primarily located in the mid-Atlantic region. Our members are entrepreneurs, CXO's, venture capitalists and business leaders who have founded, funded and built world-class companies. Our investors come from a variety of industries, have diverse investment experience and expertise; and, in association with the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, help foster a vibrant local early-stage venture investment community.


We recognize that our community of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs are extremely interested in pursuing opportunities within current startup companies. At the same time, the startup companies we engage with are seeking student employees for jobs and internships. Our fellowship programs help us connect these interested undergraduate and graduate students with a startup opportunity over the summer while receiving matching funds from the Dingman Center.

Fill out an interest form to learn more about startup internship and fellowship opportunities.

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.

Dugal Impact Fellowship

The program provides a stipend for two undergraduate students to spend their summers interning at early-stage social enterprises. 


  • Subscribe to our e-newsletter, The Pitch, to read about the latest news and events happening in the startup world. Our news and events cover Washington D.C., Baltimore and other regional opportunities. You can also stay tuned to what's happening on campus.

  • Hear from founders, investors and serial entrepreneurs on the Dingman Center's startup podcast, Bootstrapped.

  • The Alumni Association's first industry network is the Terp Entrepreneur Network! TEN is a platform for entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs and seasoned professionals to network, share expertise and enjoy exclusive experiences.

  • Dingman Center Angels is a Maryland based angel investment group that provides funding to early-stage companies located within the mid-Atlantic region. Alumni can pitch for funding or join as an investor.

  • Dingman Fridays advising sessions are open to all UMD alumni. Experienced entrepreneurs are available to provide actionable feedback on your business idea.

  • We are always seeking entrepreneurs and business professionals to provide lectures, presentations and speeches as class speakers or panelists on a wide variety of topics.

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