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.
College Park, Md. – March 7, 2018 – Symbiont Health (Emergency Detection Systems, LLC), 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.
Chaired by Robert Hisaoka, Pitch Dingman Competition Features Best of UMD Entrepreneurship The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business presents the Pitch Dingman Competition Finals on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in the Grand Ballroom at Stamp Student Union.
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.
Curu, a website and mobile application that assesses spending habits and offers ways to optimize the user’s credit score, won the Pitch Dingman Competition on March 8, 2017, at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. The award came with a $15,000 prize that the startup plans to use to develop its initial web platform. The audience agreed with the judges’ pick, giving Curu the text-to-vote Audience Choice Award of $1,500.
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.
WeCook, a new tech company that brings personal chefs into people’s homes to stock their refrigerators with meals for a low subscription fee, was the big winner in the Feb. 16 Pitch Dingman Competition. The first-place win came with a $15,000 prize that the startup plans to use for marketing.
Pitch Dingman Competition Finals Tuesday, February 16, 2016 6 p.m.—7:30 p.m. Stamp Student Union, Colony BallroomRegister to attend
François de Zamaróczy, Smith MBA candidate 2017, writes about the Pitch Dingman semifinals event last week. Pitch Dingman is the University of Maryland’s only business competition exclusively for Terps.
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.