Pitch Dingman

Five UMD Student Startups Named Finalists at Pitch Dingman Competition Semifinals

On November 15, 2018, 250 attendees filled Frank Auditorium in Van Munching Hall to watch the Pitch Dingman competition semifinals, chaired by Robert G. Hisaoka ’79. The event features undergraduate, graduate and PhD student founders of 10 exemplary startups across the University of Maryland, College Park. Each team who advanced to the semifinals was vetted through a quarterfinals round by a judges panel of alumni entrepreneurs. Through Hisaoka’s generous donation, each semifinalist is named a Hisaoka Entrepreneur, providing them access to funding and mentorship regardless of the results of the competition.

Symbiont Health Wins UMD Pitch Dingman Competition, Chaired by Robert Hisaoka

Symbiont Health, maker of innovative technology to detect falls for seniors and nursing home patients, took home the $15,000 grand prize at yesterday’s Pitch Dingman Competition, the University of Maryland’s business competition chaired by businessman and philanthropist Robert G. Hisaoka. The competition awarded nearly $30,000 in seed funding to top student entrepreneurs in a “Shark Tank”-style pitch session, hosted by the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the Robert H. Smith School of Business.

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.


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