Fearless Founders Complete Successful Year With Seed Funds

The Fearless Founders program guides the University of Maryland’s most entrepreneurial students from idea to launch. For the first time, students are able to earn credit for working on their businesses by enrolling in the Fearless Founders Hatch course, taught by Managing Director, Elana Fine (@elanafine). These students have solidified their business idea, begun customer development, built their minimum viable product and have completed milestones from Idea Shell stage. As we wrap up the year, the Dingman Center recognized the students in the Hatch Stage of Fearless Founders. Take a look at the entrepreneurs who were awarded funding to continue working on their business ideas beyond the course.


Ten companies were awarded $500 NCIIA grants:

Amlith – Carson Myers & Manjur Ahmed
Diagnostic AnSERS – Sean Virgile
Puzzable (417 App Studios) – Ghedalia Gold-Pastor & Zach Matz
PoliRoots – Lamar Rogers
justlikeyou.org – Brooks Gabel
VentureBoard – Scott Block
Phetter (formerly Blissic) – Leland Tran
Live Unchained – Kathryn Buford
LeagueFlow – Aaron Schwartz
Gym Supreme – Obidi Orakwusi & Onyekachi Illochonwu

Five companies were awarded $1,000 summer scholarships:

ProCity – Chris Lane & Dev Kavathekar
ViiP – Ozzie Bianchi
Pride Shorts – Ian Moritz
Taipei Fitness – Guarav Gupta
My Level Learning – Meir Snyder

Two companies were awarded $2,500 grants from Capital One:

Parallel – Daniel Noskin
Kivvik – Jeremy Horowitz, Emmanuel Kaska & Chike Nwankwo

Finally, a big congratulations to our seniors who advanced to the Terp Startup stage!

Aaron Schwarts (LeagueFlow)
Jeremy Horowitz (Kivvik)

Guarav Gupta (Taipei Fitness)
Brooks Gabel (justlikeyou.org)
Daniel Noskin (Parallel)

Are you interested in pursuing your business idea? Here are a few things you can do:

  • Learn more about the Fearless Founders program by visiting our website.
  • If you have an idea, but haven’t developed the business yet, start with Idea Shell! Interested students should sign-up here and we will contact you with more information.
  • If you have already completed the Idea Shell stage, enroll for the for-credit Hatch course. It is listed in Testudo as BMGT458R/ENES498R. 
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