What’s Up at the Dingman Center?

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

Dean Triantis Named One of InTheCapital’s “50 on Fire” for Education


Congrats to Dean Alex Triantis, who has been named one of InTheCapital’s “50 on Fire“; a list of the year’s disruptive innovators covering nine industries. Since his appointment, the school has received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund the Center for International Business Education and Research. Dingman Center Angels portfolio company, Homesnap also made the list. Check out the full list here!

Washington Post’s Business Rx: Elana Fine Helps Terp Startup, GripBoost, with Manufacturing Challenges

The Washington Post’s Business Rx column recently highlighted Grip Boost, the Columbia-based startup that sells a spray that restores football gloves to their like-new tackiness. After many iterations, Grip Boost is now sold online in 2-ounce bottles for $10.99. The next challenge for founder, former UMD tight end and NFL player, Matt Furstenburg, is manufacturing for scale and affordability.


Elana Fine, Managing Director of the Dingman Center provided some practical advice to Matt in the most recent Business Rx column. Check out the full article and Elana’s advice here.


Collaborate: Not Your Average Conference

On January 23-24, 2015, the nation’s leading innovators will gather at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC, for two days of engaging discussions, inspiration and hands-on learning at Fosterly’s Collaborate. The Dingman Center is a sponsor of the conference, which will feature roundtables and workshops with leaders in entrepreneurship, government, and tech, along with a plethora of networking opportunities. Be sure to visit the Entrepreneurship Expo, featuring the area’s best resources, service providers, and technology partners, as well as the Startup Showcase, which will be full of bootstrapped disrupters and VC-backed growth companies.


Use the code DINGMANCOLLAB for 20% off your registration.


Reminder! Terp Alumni, Register for Dingman Jumpstart by Dec. 12

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This is the last week to register for Dingman Jumpstart, a lean startup program for University of Maryland alumni to de-risk and jumpstart their startup ideas. Register here by December 12th.


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