Student Insights from the Hisaoka Speaker Series featuring Seth Goldman

On October 30, 2019, the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship’s Robert G. Hisaoka Speaker Series invited Seth Goldman, the co-founder and Tea-EO emeritus of Honest Tea and Executive Chair of Beyond Meat, for an intimate conversation with Robert Hisaoka ’79 at The Clarice. Read on for one student’s insights on Goldman’s talk.

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by: Allison Criswell ’21

In a world where obesity is on the rise and Mother Nature is on the fall, “healthy and sustainable” has become something of a societal trend. Eating clean and taking care of the earth has never been cooler. But when it comes to our taste buds, we don’t like to make sacrifices unless the alternative is just as delicious. Lucky for us, Seth Goldman, Co-Founder of Honest Tea and Executive Chair of Beyond Meat, has spent the last two decades making it possible to be an environmentalist and a health nut without giving up flavor.

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Announcing the Semifinalists of the 2020 Pitch Dingman Competition

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This year’s Pitch Dingman Competition application phase saw a wide range of applications from undergraduate, graduate and PhD students from across UMD. After undergoing a quarterfinals review from alumni judges, we’re excited to announce the 2020 Pitch Dingman Competition semifinalists. The founders of the semifinalists teams will participate in workshops and receive mentoring to help them further accelerate their businesses, whether or not they make the cut for Pitch Dingman Competition Finals. On Friday, November 22 from 1-4 p.m. in Van Munching Hall, these 10 student startups will pitch their businesses to an expert panel of judges at the Pitch Dingman Competition Semifinals. We’re excited to see who wins the opportunity to pitch at the Finals on March 10, 2020 for a shot at the grand prize of $15,000!

Read on to learn more about each semifinalist team in their own words:

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Catching Up With Ladies First Founder Jasmine Snead of Aurora Tights

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by: Hannah Shraim ’20, Dingman Center Marketing Intern

Jasmine Snead ’17, MPP/MBA ’21 is a first year MBA student at the University of Maryland. She is set to graduate with a joint degree in policy and business in 2021. Snead majored in Government and Politics as an undergraduate at UMD and was part of the pilot Ladies’ First Founders cohort. 

We sat down with Aurora Tights Co-Founder and 2019 Pitch Dingman Competition winner Jasmine Snead to talk about her experiences as an entrepreneur. 

Snead was a part of Ladies’ First, a course launched by the Dingman Center to help increase the number of women involved in entrepreneurship at UMD. After launching the program, Dingman saw that female engagement in our programs increased from 25% to 40%. 

While Snead makes it look seamless with her many accolades, starting a venture is no easy feat. After launching her company, which sells apparel for performers of all skin tones and sizes, Snead was in search of guidance and mentorship. 

“I wanted to be in an atmosphere to grow with women founders and discuss [the challenges] we were facing,” she said. Ladies’ First became that community for her. 

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Spilling the (Honest) Tea: 5 Facts About Seth Goldman

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If you haven’t already heard, Seth Goldman is coming to campus as part of our Robert G. Hisaoka Speaker Series. Goldman is best known for co-founding Honest Tea. You know, Honest Tea — the company that Coca-Cola paid $43 million for.

There’s a lot of hype surrounding this event as the industry pioneer is set to share his experiences as a socially conscious entrepreneur. In light of this, we wanted to share five fast facts about Goldman to get you ready for conversation. 

Seth Goldman has a background in government

Goldman graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in government from Harvard University in 1987. Before his bustling career as an entrepreneur, he worked on Michael Dukakis’ presidential campaign. After attempting to solve social issues through a governmental lens, he eventually switched to business with the same goal in mind. 

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Dingman Sponsors Students for TAMID Fellowship at Israeli Startups

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by Kira Cohen ’21, Journalism and Psychology

This summer, fourteen University of Maryland students were granted the opportunity to work in and explore Israel for the summer. The TAMID Fellowship, an 8-week summer internship program, provided these students hands-on experience with Israeli startups as well as exposure to Israeli culture and society. More than just professional development and a trip to a foreign country, the summer was a hallmark of these students’ undergraduate experiences, introducing them to diverse students from other universities and bringing them closer to one another.

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Get to Know the Dingman Center: Lottie Byram

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Lottie Byram: Venture Programs Manager

Lottie Byram is the Venture Programs Manager at the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship. In addition to running all of the student entrepreneurship programs, she supports and guides early-stage entrepreneurs across campus to dream big, to embody the courage and creativity of entrepreneurship, and to develop their ideas into viable ventures. Prior to joining the team in Fall 2019, Lottie led operations and evaluation at Circus Harmony, a social circus in St. Louis, Missouri dedicated to making social change through the teaching and performing of circus arts.

Lottie’s work as an entrepreneur, researcher, and project manager in violence prevention and social arts has taken her throughout the country and around the world. She is committed to empowering people from all walks of life to be well and achieve their highest potential. She holds an MPH from the George Washington University and a BA in Anthropology magna cum laude from the University of Georgia.

What excites you most about your job?
I really, really love to hear other people’s crazy ideas. The greatest moment is when someone’s crazy idea completely transforms their life, or the way they view the world and themselves in the best possible ways.

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Get to Know the Amazing Team Behind Terp Startup

In addition to Dingman Center staff, this summer we brought on two Terps to help run the day-to-day operations of our Terp Startup accelerator. Recent Smith MBA graduate Katharine McHugh, MBA ’19 joined as a Venture Associate to take the lead in managing the programming, providing on-site advising and support, tracking goals and helping the cohort generally make the most out of their experience. Katharine’s efforts were supported by Accelerator Intern Tunji Onigbanjo ’19, a Smith School finance major and recent graduate who will be starting a position at Bloomberg in the fall. We are so grateful for their support this summer. Read on to hear their perspective on Terp Startup.

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Katharine McHugh, MBA ’20, Venture Associate & Tunji Onigbanjo, Accelerator Intern

DC: What got you interested in entrepreneurship and Terp Startup?

Katharine: I’ve always been interested in entrepreneurship because I love innovation and thinking about how things might be done in new and different ways. I also love entrepreneurs — nothing like taking a risk to get the blood pumping! I did my MBA at UMD because of the Dingman Center and have enjoyed participating in the center’s various initiatives. I am beyond thrilled that I got to be involved in Terp Startup.

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Terp Startup The DMV Come Up is a Production Company Serving People of Color

This summer, the Dingman Center will be conducting interviews with the fifteen student startups who are participating in our Terp Startup summer accelerator at the College Park WeWork. Participating student entrepreneurs received a stipend up to $5,000 that would enable them to work exclusively on their startups over eight weeks in the summer.

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The DMV Come Up

unnamedFounder & CEO: Sadia Alao ’20, Marketing & Theater Double Major

DC: Tell us about your startup. What problem are you solving and for whom?

Alao: The DMV Come Up is a nonprofit, college-age run, DMV-based creative multimedia production collective for people of color that produces imaginative and original content. Young minority creatives are currently inaccurately and stereotypically represented in the media industry from the angry black woman, the welfare queen to the latino high school dropout and impoverished Native American. I also know firsthand that many of us in the DMV don’t have the resources, network, or support system to nurture our creative talents. We’re aiming to empower young underrepresented creatives in the multimedia industry to create the content they want to see in the world and understand that it does not have to be done alone. 

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Terp Startup BraceLint Saves the Day with Pocket-sized Lint Rollers

This summer, the Dingman Center will be conducting interviews with the fifteen student startups who are participating in our Terp Startup summer accelerator at the College Park WeWork. Participating student entrepreneurs received a stipend up to $5,000 that would enable them to work exclusively on their startups over eight weeks in the summer.

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BraceLintFounder & CEO: Daniel Raithel ’20, Economics major

Preorder a BraceLint here!

DC: Tell us about your startup. What problem are you solving and for whom?

Raithel: My startup, BraceLint, is a consumer convenience product based around the simple idea of a lint roller. During the year there are many occasions where we have to look or dress our best and present ourselves with confidence. whether it be an interview, meeting, or a date, feeling good about your appearance is one of the best ways to get over these sometimes-uncomfortable hurdles. After leaving the house you can fix your hair or makeup, but your clothes are kind of stuck the way they are. Lint rollers are bulky, often covered in hair, and are not designed to be brought out of the house. This is where the BraceLint comes in! BraceLint is an easy single-use version of a lint roller that fits flat into your pocket or bag until being propped open and used in “emergency” pet hair/lint situations. To understand how it works, think of a paper bracelet that fits over your wrist and slides the same way a lint roller would. After you’re done you can discard it, using the same or even less of the paper you would with a lint roller (after taking off the notoriously gross first sheet of a lint roller). This a product meant for the prepared fully unprepared like me who refuses not to pet animals or avoid situations just because they are forced to dress up!

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Terp Startup Pendulum Analytics, Inc. Ensures Safe Financial Transactions

This summer, the Dingman Center will be conducting interviews with the fifteen student startups who are participating in our Terp Startup summer accelerator at the College Park WeWork. Participating student entrepreneurs received a stipend up to $5,000 that would enable them to work exclusively on their startups over eight weeks in the summer.

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Huizhen Li,  Mario Martinez, William Sherman, Hang Yang, Wei Zhang

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PendulumAnalyticslogoFounder & CEO: William Sherman, MBA ’19, MBA & Master of Finance

Summer Associate and Corporate DevelopmentMario Martinez ’19, MBA & Master of Finance

Summer Associate and Corporate Development: Wei Zhang, Post Doc, Animal Science, & UMD Tech Transfer SME

Summer Associate, Product Development, and Data Science: Huizhen Li ’19, Master of Finance 

Summer Associate, Product Development, and Data Science: Hang Yang ’20, Master of Quantitative Finance

DC: Tell us about your startup. What problem are you solving and for whom?

Sherman: While we are a technology and analytics company, the aim of Pendulum Analytics is to help maintain a healthy global financial sector by strengthening the overall core business posture of individual financial service firms. We believe the benefits of a healthy financial sector will permeate through to other key stakeholders of the global economy. Stakeholders, such as individuals like you and I. 

As the opportunities within the financial services domain are so vast, you may ask, what is our starting point? Mitigating the risk of transaction failures across the world. Members of our team have been subjected to the fire storm that comes with a high dollar transaction failures. The immediate and downstream impacts can be detrimental to a financial institution in a number of ways. 

We endeavor to build our firm while using our strengths in technology and analytics. In addition to our strengths, we want to leverage some of the cutting edge innovations that are being created here at the University of Maryland. Mainly in effort to build and integrate a risk management center of excellence for each of our member banks. 

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