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Global Entrepreneurship Week

Nov 15, 2013
Entrepreneurial Spirit


During the week of November 18–22, the Smith School will participate as a partner in Global Entrepreneurship Week – the world’s largest celebration of innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

At Smith, the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship and the Center for Social Value Creation have several events planned. The week will be full of exciting events with participants from across our community. Take a look at what we’ve got planned and become part of something truly remarkable.

Of note, Tim Chi, founder & CEO of WeddingWire, will be on campus on Nov. 21 at the Pitch Dingman Competition to serve as head judge and speak to the crowd. A strong lineup of student entrepreneurs will pitch their startups, vying for the $3,500 in prize money to fund their business.

That’s just one of the many events happening as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week here on campus (all events are open to the public). The weeklong celebration of all things entrepreneurship, with more than 130 countries participating, happens each November.

Global Entrepreneurship Week Events


Monday, November 18

Fast Pitch at TEDCO Entrepreneur Expo
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., BWI Marriott

Extreme by Design Movie Screening
5:30–7 p.m., Frank Auditorium, Van Munching Hall

Tuesday, November 19

Networking Panel at Bioscience Research & Technology Review Day
11-12 p.m., Jimenez Room, Stamp Student Union

Entrepreneurship Connector
5:30–7 p.m., 2511 Van Munching Hall

Wednesday, November 20

Terp Marketplace
11 a.m.–2 p.m., Grand Atrium, Van Munching Hall

EIR Advising Sessions
5:30–8 p.m., Smith School DC Campus, Ronald Reagan Building

Thursday, November 21

Pitch Dingman Competition
6:30–8:30 p.m., Tyser Auditorium, Van Munching Hall

Friday, November 22

Dingman Center Angels Review Day
10 a.m.–1 p.m., 1518 Van Munching Hall

Innovation Fridays
11 a.m.–1 p.m., 2518 Van Munching Hall

Friday, November 22 – Sunday, November 24

College Park Sustainability Jam
2333 Van Munching Hall


For more details, visit the Dingman Center's blog.

The Smith School has plenty of entrepreneurship happening all year. Here are some of the highlights:    

REAL660:  Getting Schooled in Entrepreneurship

At the Smith School, we don't just teach entrepreneurship— we live it. Brent Goldfarb, associate professor of management and entrepreneurship, wasn't satisfied with a traditional entrepreneurship course, so he created Real660: a seven-week class where MBA students create and run real businesses. Watch the drama unfold in the five-part video series:

Conversations on Entrepreneurship

Dan Beyers, editor of the Washington Post’s Capital Business, sat down with experts from the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith. Dingman Center Managing Director Elana Fine and veteran investors and entrepreneurs-in-residence Ed Barrientos and Jason Shrensky mulled over the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur, Washington’s startup scene, why change is inevitable for entrepreneurs, and crowdfunding.

Listen to their insights in this three-part audio series:

Past marketplace success stories:

Cupid’s Cup – Get hyped for the 2014 Cupid’s Cup. Applications are being accepted now through January 6. Save the date now to attend the final competition, Friday, April 4. Check out the excitement from the 2013 event to get a taste of the action:

Social Enterprise Symposium – Unlike any other event on the campus, the Center for Social Value Creation’s Social Enterprise Symposium explores the role of business in creating economic prosperity and lasting social and environmental change. From sustainability to social entrepreneurship, the Social Enterprise Symposium helps connect students with thoughts leaders who are using the tools of business to change the world. The 6th annual symposium takes place Friday, March 7, 2014; here’s a look back at the last event. Click here.

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