UMD Ranks Among Top 10 Schools for Entrepreneurship for 7th Straight Year

In the 2022 edition of the annual rankings, announced today by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine, UMD placed No. 10 for undergraduate entrepreneurship education across all institutions—its seventh consecutive year in the top 10 and 10th straight year in the top 25—and No. 4 among public universities. It was also listed at No. 24 for graduate entrepreneurship education. New this year, The Princeton Review ranked schools regionally, and UMD came in at No. 2 in the Northeast.

Femly CEO on Founding a Startup, Finding Success

Arion Long says she’s not just a chief executive officer; she’s also a chief estrogen officer. The founder of Femly, a company that makes plant-based and organic feminine hygiene products, Long visited Maryland Smith to speak with future entrepreneurs, as part of the annual Ladies First Speaker Event.

Looking to sharpen your pitching skills or prepare for an upcoming competition? Join Contrary, the Dingman Center, and Startup Shell for a casual pitch practice event at Van Munching Hall. Be ready with an elevator pitch and pitch deck that you are working on and receive feedback from your peers. Incomplete pitches are encouraged as well.

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Dingman’s Terp Tech Innovators Named to 25 Under 25 List

Broccoli, beef and baby formula are too often out of reach for people living many miles from a grocery store—or lacking a ride to one—forcing them to choose between paying hefty delivery fees or just going without.

Entrepreneurs beat long odds when they launch a company and sell it to investors. Jason Cohen ’96 has done it many times. It’s not how he started his career.
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About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, specialty master's, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.

The Shatter Foundation Announces Three Female Founded UMD Ventures as 2021 Grant Recipients

It’s no secret that gender imbalances still exist in many fields, with significant implications in entrepreneurship. According to Harvard Business Review, women-led startups received just 2.3% of venture capital funding in 2020. The Dingman Center’s Ladies First Initiative, led by Sara Herald, MBA ‘11, has been on a mission to change this narrative since its inception in 2016.

Join the Ladies First initiative at the Dingman Center for an inspiring in-person speaker event at Van Munching Hall, featuring two successful female entrepreneurs: Arion Long, CEO of Femly and Dipanwita Das, CEO of Sorcero. Students will hear about the entrepreneurs' career journeys and have a chance to participate in a Q&A session with the founders. We will also be giving out Ladies First swag and other take-home goodies.

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The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship Names Five 2021-22 Terp Startup Fellows

Two years ago the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship piloted a new program — Terp Startup Fellows, made possible by a generous donation from Bill Boyle ’81, chairman of the center’s board of advisors. Building on the success of the Dingman Center’s Terp Startup Accelerator eight-week summer program, the Terp Startup Fellows program is an effort to further accelerate the most promising student startups. These student founders have demonstrated a strong commitment to their ventures and the ability to innovate as they push towards commercialization. After positive results from the two-year pilot, the Dingman Center has named five Terp Startup Fellows for the 2021-22 academic year, an increase from 3 last year.

$1.5M Gift From Fishlinger Family Foundation to Fund Entrepreneurship Center, Career Advising

The University of Maryland will receive a $1.5 million gift from the Fishlinger Family Foundation to support the Robert H. Smith School of Business’ Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship and the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences’ Joel and Kim Feller Advising and Career Center. The first $1 million of the donation is designated to help fund the Dingman Center’s programs, operations and other initiatives that help students launch their own startups. The other $500,000 will go to the Feller Center, to endow a Fishlinger director of career planning.

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