The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship Names Three 2022-23 Terp Startup Fellows

The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship is proud to announce its fourth cohort of the Terp Startup Fellows program, made possible by a generous donation from Dingman Center Board Member Bill Boyle '81.

Join the Dingman Center for its first annual Elevate! Diverse Founders Dinner to celebrate the entrepreneurial journeys of underrepresented entrepreneurs. Hear personal stories and conversations between diverse entrepreneurs that explore their challenges and triumphs. Explore what community and allyship can look like in order to elevate equity and inclusion within entrepreneurship. Dinner will be provided for all attendees.

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Interested in entrepreneurship but don't have an established venture yet? Or maybe you've already started working on an idea but are looking for inspiration for creative new business solutions? Join the Dingman Center and campus partners across the University of Maryland Entrepreneurship ecosystem for this choose-your-own-adventure style event filled with trainings to skill up and network. You'll also learn about lots of entrepreneurial resources throughout the University of Maryland campus and leave with a new sense of empowerment to take the entrepreneurship plunge.

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Exclusively for current and alumni members of Terp Startup, Pitch Dingman finalists and Startup Shell, Founders Forum is an opportunity to continue honing entrepreneurial skills, learn from peers, and catch up with one another.

Each month, we’ll deep dive into a new topic related to running your businesses in a roundtable-style, while also making time to socialize and chat.

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Sell your product or service to UMD students, faculty and staff at Terp Marketplace! Find out if what you have is a product or service people want and the price they are willing to pay. The Dingman Center will provide UMD student entrepreneurs with a table, chair, and tablecloth. Vendors bring their products, marketing materials, a sign with your name/logo and anything else to add to your table.

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Dingman Fridays advising sessions will be held every Friday of the semester from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. On the first two Fridays of the month, Dingman Fridays will be held in-person at the Dingman Center offices in Van Munching Hall and the last two Fridays of the month will be held virtually. These sessions are open to all UMD students, staff and alumni. Venture mentors, subject matter experts, guest advisors and Dingman staff are available to listen to your idea, offer feedback and provide actionable next steps.

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On Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. meet with a Dingman Center team member virtually on Zoom or in person at the Dingman Center offices. During these brief 1:1 sessions, a team member will introduce you to the center and aim to match you with the resources, advisors, funding, programming, or other support you need.

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If you are interested in learning about some of Smith's Centers of Excellence including the Center for Social Value Creation, the Center for Global Business, the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets, visit the Centergize event. This will be an amazing way to get introduced to the centers and learn more about what each one of them does. These centers are a great opportunity to get involved and maximize your Smith school experience!

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Maryland Smith Donors Recognized at Inaugural Dean’s Circle Celebration

On April 28, the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business welcomed alums and supporters back to College Park for the inaugural celebration of the Dean’s Circle – a recognition society for individuals who have invested over $100,000 toward Maryland Smith in their lifetime. The event, expected to be held annually, convened guests for a group dinner where they heard from members of the Maryland Smith community about how they have been positively impacted by the group’s contributions.

Kevin Plank ’96 Shares Entrepreneurial Lessons at EnTERPreneur Conference

Maryland Smith alum Kevin Plank ’96, speaking with University of Maryland President Darryll J. Pines during a keynote chat at the third annual EnTERPreneurship Conference on June 9, urged members of the audience to support and acknowledge entrepreneurial hustle whenever they are able to – including something as simple as stopping at a children’s lemonade stand.

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