Pitch Dingman

Inaugural Hisaoka Entrepreneurs to be Announced at Pitch Dingman Semifinals

Each year, the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the Robert H. Smith School of Business hosts Pitch Dingman Competition, University of Maryland’s business competition exclusively for Terps, consisting of a fall Semifinals and a winter Finals competition. Top student entrepreneurs deliver pitches to judges who are experts in entrepreneurship, angel investing and venture capital to compete for $30,000 in startup funding.

Five University of Maryland Student Startups to Compete in Pitch Dingman Competition

Each year, the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship hosts Pitch Dingman Competition, an opportunity for University of Maryland student entrepreneurs to pitch their businesses shark tank style to an expert panel of judges to compete for a total of $30,000 in seed funding. Pitch Dingman applications open at the beginning of the academic year, with a short quarterfinals phase in late September. A vetting process from alumni entrepreneur judges leads to a selection of 10 semifinalists. The Pitch Dingman Semifinals on Nov. 17 received a record turnout of students to watch the 10 teams whittled down to five finalists. The final round of competition is set for March 7 at 6 p.m. in the Colony Ballroom of UMD’s Stamp Student Union.

Five UMD Startups Compete for $30K in Pitch Dingman Competition Finals

University of Maryland student entrepreneurs will vie for more than $30,000 to fund their startups at the Feb. 16 Pitch Dingman Competition final event at Stamp Student Union. Entrepreneurs heading up five businesses will take to the stage to pitch to a panel of seven judges and an audience of more than 200 students, business leaders, faculty, staff and guests.

Pitch Dingman on Terp Ride Bus

On Friday, April 10, and Friday, April 17, the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship will host Pitch Dingman walk-in sessions aboard the Terp Ride bus as part of UMD's 30 Days of Entrepreneurship celebration (#30DaysUMD). Entrepreneurs-in-residence will be on the bus ready to give actionable feedback on business ideas from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Terp Ride will be parked in the bus terminal outside of Stamp Student Union.

Pitch Dingman

At Pitch Dingman, students, alumni, staff and faculty have the opportunity to meet with a seasoned entrepreneur to discuss their business ideas. These informal sessions are held on a walk-in basis every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Dingman Center suite, 2518 VMH. Participants are not required to bring a business plan or wear a suit. Just come ready to talk to an Entrepreneur in Residence about your idea and leave with actionable next steps. 

January 30, 2015 - 4:00pm

Pitch Dingman

Have an idea for a business? Pitch Dingman informal sessions are open to all UMD students. Meet with a successful entrepreneur to discuss your business idea and receive actionable feedback and next steps. No suits or business plans necessary. Walk-ins are welcome. 

Following your session, there will be an opportunity to make an appointment for a longer follow-up session. 

September 5, 2014 - 3:00pm


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