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Venture Investment Manager, Dingman Center
Stan Smith joins the University of Maryland as a venture investment manager, which is a dual appointment between UM Ventures and the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship. In this role, he will identify, recruit, screen, and coach growth seed-stage investment opportunities for Dingman Center Angels and the Maryland Momentum Fund, an early-stage investment fund that backs startup companies formed within the University System of Maryland. He is also charged with developing relationships on behalf of the university with investors and other strategic partners to drive better access to capital and increase the likelihood of success of the university’s entrepreneurial endeavors. Prior to joining Maryland, Smith served as a venture investor for Syncom Venture Partners, where he helped to invest capital from a $275 million multi-stage media and communications venture capital fund. In addition, Smith has more than 15 years of experience in business development, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, and investment banking for companies including Yahoo!, Overture, Universal Studios, and Merrill Lynch.