In case you missed it… What’s up at the Dingman Center?

Every two weeks, the Dingman Center distributes The Pitch, which highlights happenings in our community. In case you missed it, here’s a look at what’s up in entrepreneurship:

Dingman Speaker Series feat. Social Entrepreneur & VC Wayne Kimmel


Wayne Kimmel, ’92

On October 23rd, serial entrepreneur and UMD alumnus, Wayne Kimmel, ‘92, will join Dingman for the Center’s Speaker Series. Kimmel is the Founder and Managing Partner of SeventySix Capital.

A known entrepreneur, venture capitalist, philanthropist and tireless networker, some of Kimmel’s most successful investments include:

  • SeamlessWeb acquired by ARAMARK now public as GrubHub (NYSE:GRUB)
  • Take Care Health Systems acquired by Walgreens
  • NutriSystem (NASDAQ:NTRI) top performing stock in the U.S. for 5 consecutive years
  • Bread acquired by Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO)

During the event, Wayne will share his insights on entrepreneurship, networking and giving back. The program will take place from 12:30-1:30pm in 2333D Van Munching Hall. Lunch will be provided.

Click here to register.

UMD Alumni Company, Snaapiq featured in Tech Cocktail

screenshot5A picture is worth a million words, right? Well, with Snaapiq, your photos and selfies could be worth cool prizes. The mobile app, founded by UMD alumnus Jacob Perler, allows users to connect with their favorite brands and win cool prizes through the use of photos.

Tech Cocktail DC recently interviewed Jacob, who graduated from UMD with degrees in Economics and Business.

Click here to read the story and to learn how Snaapiq leveraged the 600 million photos uploaded to social media each day to create a profitable mobile app business.

Calling All Do Gooders!! Do Good Challenge Booster Fund Applications Due Oct 20th

The Do Good Challenge Booster Fund provides seed funding and strategic advice to social entrepreneurs, organizations, philanthropic projects, and innovators to help them prepare for the official Do Good Challenge in the spring. Applicants can request between $100-$500 in grant funding to jumpstart their project or organization that addresses a specific societal problem or issue.

Sponsored by Morgan Stanley, the Do Good Challenge is a chance for Terps to make the greatest social impact possible for their favorite cause during an eight-week period in the spring semester. The most impactful projects and ventures during the challenge are invited to the Do Good Finals where they pitch live to a panel of high profile judges for prize money toward their cause.

Submissions for the Do Good Challenge Booster Fund are due by Oct. 20. If you have any questions, please send an email to  screenshot3

Pitch Dingman Competition: Applications Due Octobet 27th

Looking for seed funding to launch your winning business idea?screenshot

Apply to the Pitch Dingman Competition by October 27th for a chance to win up to $3500 in seed funding. Five finalists will pitch to a panel of all-star judges including regional entrepreneurs and members of the Smith School community.

As a finalist in the Pitch Dingman Competition, your pitch should be a 6-minute presentation providing a brief overview of your business idea. It is meant to help you practice your ability to sell the idea to early stage investors such as friends and family, angel investors and venture capital firms. The key is to share your passion and enthusiasm for your idea.

For more information, application timeline and to apply, click here.


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