Featured Dingman Center Courses

BMGT 468R - Fearless Founders: New Venture Practicum

This three-credit course is for undergraduate students committed to an idea after validation, whether through Dingman Jumpstart or elsewhere. Students experiment with business models, revenue streams and go-to-market strategies. By the end of the new venture practicum, some startups are securing their first customers and generating revenue, while others are working on a beta or pilot. In the final class, students pitch for seed funding to move their business forward. The course is taught by Professor Oliver Schlake. If you are interested in registering for the Spring 2021 class, please fill out our application.

BMGT 369D -Ladies First Founders

Ladies First Founders is the Dingman Center's one-credit spring semester course for female and non-binary entrepreneurs working on businesses at the University of Maryland. Taught by Sara Herald, champion of our Ladies First Initiative, the course helps students build soft-skills for overcoming gender biases in entrepreneurship. The cohort learns about entrepreneurship, grows their business ideas, and supports each other's entrepreneurial journeys. The syllabus includes a blend of skill-building workshops and networking events. Topics include the how to's of networking and mentorship, finding balance as a founder/student/human, overcoming imposter syndrome, startup pitching and body language, funding and how to get it, and more. Due to high demand for the course, participants are selected through an application process. Please fill out our application.

BMGT 468U - Fearless Founders: Social Entrepreneurship Laboratory

Taught by Dingman Center Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence Drew Bewick, the Social Entrepreneurship Laboratory is an active learning environment for students to test their hypotheses around the creation of social ventures and develop a deep understanding of how the field of social entrepreneurship works. Teams will iteratively test their ideas for solving social problems through experimentation, document results, incorporate feedback from key stakeholders, develop a minimum viable product, and present their outcomes. Come to this class interested in changing the world and leave with a social entrepreneur's mindset and valuable experience using pioneering startup methodologies.

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