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.
Through our Fearless Founders Accelerator, Pitch Dingman Competition Coaching, or most recently our Mentor Network Platform, we have many avenues for our top student entrepreneurs to seek the support they need.
How It Works
Our mentors are paired with student ventures through Pitch Competition Coaching, 1:1 venture mentorship in our Fearless Founders Accelerator, and virtual advising through our Mentor Network Platform. If you are interested in engaging the Dingman Center community as a Subject Matter Expert or Venture Mentor, please fill out our Volunteer Intake Form.
Students interested in mentorship can find more information on joining our Fearless Founders Accelerator.
Alumni and business professionals interested in serving as an advisor or mentor, please fill out our Volunteer Intake Form.
Who Are Our Venture Mentors?
Dingman Center Venture Mentors are serial entrepreneurs, seasoned executives or venture coaches interested in offering dedicated venture development and education.
Bill Boyle founded and led his tech company FiberGate, Inc. for 20 years. In 2013 he joined the Dingman Center Angels and has since invested in some of the area's hottest startups, including Card Isle, Inky, and MISFIT Juicery.
Drew Bewick brings more than 20 years of experience involving the most challenging issues where technology and innovation intersect.
Maurice Boissiere is a research and startup executive with 20 years of experience at venture-backed companies. He specializes in developing customer success insights and strategies that drive more profitable and rewarding experiences.
Paul Capriolo is the former founder and CEO of Social Growth Technologies, the single channel that delivers high-performance online advertising and virtual currency monetization in the social gaming and eCommerce environments. As a University of Maryland undergraduate student, he pitched Social Growth Technologies at the Dingman Center's business competition, Cupid's Cup, and took home the grand prize.
Philip Eliot is a managing director of Paladin and focuses on investments in technology-driven companies in a variety of industries. He has been working with early-stage technology companies since 2000, when he joined FBR Technology Venture Partners ("FBRTVP"), a $200 million venture capital fund focused on software and telecommunications companies in the mid-Atlantic region.
Harry Geller has started, owned and managed fourteen multi-million dollar businesses, primarily focused in the logistics, food services and real estate fields. Four of his companies have been named to the INC. 500 list of fastest-growing companies.
Jennifer Hsin is a director and CFO at CNF Investments LLC, where she is responsible for sourcing and managing portfolio companies with a focus on SaaS and tech-enabled businesses. She also oversees the finance, operations, and administration of the funds.
Bob London is the founder and CEO of Chief Listening Officers, LLC. He is a 20+ year marketing veteran with rapid growth public and private companies. As a B2B marketing expert and outsourced chief marketing officer, he has advised and mentored hundreds of businesses to develop marketing strategies by first discovering the customer's true perspective — what he calls their 'elevator rant.'
Polly Vail is an independent consultant. She develops assessments, strategies and implementation plans for clients who need advice on branding, communication and business development.
Adam VanWagner currently works at Amazon Web Services in Infrastructure Operations as the regional logistics manager in Northern Virginia. Prior to joining Amazon Web Services, he worked at the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship in August 2013 as the community and venture programs coordinator and transitioned to the role of community and student programs manager. He managed two of the key undergraduate programs, Fearless Founders and Dingman Fridays advising sessions.
Micha Weinblatt is a serial entrepreneur, acting currently as the co-founder and CEO of Betterific, and the founder and CEO of Crooked Monkey. He launched Crooked Monkey as a student at the University of Maryland in 2005. The brand has since been carried by over 500 retailers including Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, and Pac Sun.