The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship is wrapping up a semester of live, virtual and hybrid programming. We are pleased to report that our students are excited to engage with us in person while still having some virtual options. As finals week comes to an end and holiday break begins, we want to take the time to reflect on the Dingman Center’s successful programs, events and more. Join us in looking at our Fall 2021 semester recap!
Terp Marketplace, taking place on Wednesday, November 10th, will be packed with innovative student ventures. This event is not only the perfect way for UMD entrepreneurs to test the market with their products and services but it’s also a great place to do some holiday shopping.
Don’t wait until the last minute to get your family and friends a gift; come to Terp Marketplace and find anything from delicious food to clothes to sustainable household items. No matter who you’re shopping for, you’re bound to get something incredible.
Here’s a sneak peek of some of the student-run companies that you’ll find at the event:
UMD Pre-game – Give your favorite Maryland sports fanatic some unique game day apparel! UMD Pre-game is a clothing company that will be selling affordable UMD T-shirts, jackets and more.
E. Ozie Productions – Love to read? Stop by E. Ozie Productions where Ijeoma Asonye will be selling her published original book, The Beautiful Math of Coral: A Novel. This coming-of-age story, about the relationship between STEM, art and the human experience, is a great read for any student.
Organically Amateur – Try out this inclusive organic skincare brand that sells herbal-based products for all dark and brown skin types!
ModBars, LLC – These delicious granola bars are great for the foodie in your life. ModBars sells affordable and nutritious granola bars that also seek to meet an array of dietary needs and restrictions.
Biodegradable Coolers – Ditch your unsustainable styrofoam coolers for an environmentally friendly alternative! These biodegradable coolers are perfect for a sports game, bbq, or even the beach–because let’s be honest it’s never too early to have summer on your mind.
Handmade for Aid – For the fashionista in your life, get them a handmade piece of jewelry. This small business makes beautiful original accessories with the goal of donating the proceeds.
Ecosponge – Do your part to help the environment by purchasing an “Ecosponge.” This reusable sponge, made out of eco-friendly fiber, is a great compostable, sustainable and affordable gift for anyone who likes to clean.
CHIP’D Cookies – Move over Levain, CHIP’D Cookies is here! Founder Ardyn Solomon will be selling a variety of these homemade cookies in flavors like Chocolate M&M, Chocolate PB, Funfetti, and more. They’re a great holiday treat and even come in gluten-free options.
Save the Wave – Help clean our oceans with this original marine-inspired artwork and apparel. Save the Wave will be selling items like T-shirts, hoodies and stickers to benefit ocean clean-up organizations–specifically those working to clean the California coast after the detrimental oil spill in October.
Rooftop Garden Kits – If you or someone you know has a green thumb, buy one of these DIY gardening kits. The kit comes packaged with instructions and any necessary materials, so you can start your own mini garden stress-free in the comfort of your own home.
Stop by Van Munching Hall tomorrow from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. to browse these among many other ventures like Tailored Treats, Gotta Buy Em’ All, Pop Pop’s Pro Planter, the Green project, Costa Verde, USnow Shop, Terrapin Tees, Build Bigger, Nuts 4 U, Oyster Fest, Terps on Wheels, Rent-A-Closet, Em G Art Designs, and UMD University Designs.
Things are slowing down at the Smith School. Students are taking their last finals, and we’re finishing up work to prepare for a blissful holiday season ahead. So grab a cup of cocoa and take a trip with us down memory lane as we recap a fantastic fall semester of events, programs and more at the Dingman Center!
A Rise in the Rankings
University of Maryland rose in the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine’s rankings to #7 in undergraduate programming, and #3 for public universities. This marks our fifth consecutive year in the top 10! Read about the rankings here.
Graduation is this week, and we’ve had some time to reflect on the numerous events and programs we’ve held throughout the semester. The community has impressed us once again with their enthusiasm, passion and dedication to entrepreneurship throughout spring. Here are some featured highlights from our events, and be on the lookout for upcoming interviews with the student entrepreneurs in our Summer 2019 Terp Startup Cohort.
With the holiday season fast approaching, students are hunkering down in the library to finish final projects and prep for exams. In the meantime, we’ve had the opportunity to reflect on the events and programs that went on at the Dingman Center this past semester. We’re always thankful for the immense support, enthusiasm and engagement we receive from those within our community. Check out some of our favorite highlights over the past few months, and have a wonderful winter break!
Sept. 29 – spark: Where Fearless Ideas Start
Students playing spark: The Card Game
Now in its third year, spark: Where Fearless Ideas Startis an event hosted by the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship and Startup Shell. spark gives University of Maryland students who are interested in entrepreneurship but don’t have a venture a platform to brainstorm business ideas with their peers. This year the event got a major venue upgrade, with Professor Oliver Schlake leading the program at the innovative Edward St. John Learning & Teaching Center. Students refined their initial ideas through an interactive card game and then split up into teams to prepare an energetic, infomercial-style pitch. This year’s group of ideas were some of our most viable and creative yet! Read the full recap of spark here.
With the academic year drawing to a close this past weekend, we’ve had some time to reflect on the numerous events and programs we’ve held throughout the semester. The community has impressed us once again with their enthusiasm, passion and dedication to entrepreneurship throughout spring. Here are some featured highlights from our events, and be on the lookout for upcoming interviews with the student entrepreneurs in our Summer 2018 Terp Startup Cohort.
Feb. 13 – Robert G. Hisaoka Speaker Series: Young Founders Panel
We kicked off the spring semester with an exciting Hisaoka Speaker Series featuring an intimate conversation between Robert Hisaoka ’79 and four young entrepreneurs from the UMD community: Ali von Paris ’12 of Route One Apparel, Evan Lutz ’14 of Hungry Harvest, and Brandon Deyo and Bradley Deyo of Mars Reel. During the panel, these entrepreneurs shared some of the insights and challenges they faced while turning their dorm room ventures into successful businesses. Read our full recap on the Young Founders Panel here.
The Dingman Center is lucky to be a part of a fantastic community filled with motivated student and alumni entrepreneurs. To celebrate this strong spirit of entrepreneurship at UMD, we hosted Entrepreneurship Day on Tuesday, April 17, which featured student startups at Terp Marketplace during the afternoon and serial technology entrepreneur Raul Fernandez at the Robert G. Hisaoka Speaker Series later that evening.
Terp Marketplace was an opportunity for student startups to showcase and sell their products & services directly to the Smith community. This semester, we had a huge turnout from students, staff, faculty and alumni who were eager to see the 30 startups on display. A few participants featured included Pitch Dingman Competition second place winner Brianna Queen ’18 of BEEQBOX with her popular F*ckboy Repellent illuminating setting spray, and alumni startup FroDoh, who brought samples of their tasty frozen doughnut holes. The students who participated have taken part in our Fearless Founders Accelerator program, Ladies First Founders or Professor David Kressler’s 461 Entrepreneurship class.
Robert G. Hisaoka Speaker Series featuring Raul Fernandez
UMD alumnus and highly successful entrepreneur Raul Fernandez ’90 traveled to Van Munching Hall for an intimate conversation with Robert Hisaoka ’79 on his experiences in entrepreneurship. As the former founder of Proxicom and currently the Vice Chairman and Owner of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, Raul shared some of the key lessons he learned through his journey and valuable pieces of advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.
The end of the semester is here once again! Student entrepreneurs are buckling down to get through their final exams, group projects and presentations before they’re off for the holidays. As the Dingman Center quiets down while students are studying, we’ve had time to reflect on the events we’ve held throughout the semester. In these past few months, we’ve seen a tremendous amount of energy, engagement and enthusiasm from the community at our events and programs at the Smith School. Take a look at some of our favorite highlights over the past semester!
Fall is here and the entrepreneurial spirit is in the air! To celebrate homecoming weekend at the Smith School, the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship hosted Terp Marketplace on Friday; student entrepreneurs set up their businesses and sold their products and services directly to students, staff, faculty and alumni who were participating in the festivities. We had a fantastic turnout of entrepreneurs who were eager to test the market and get feedback on their businesses. Below is the list of students that participated in the event. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported these student entrepreneurs, and we’re already looking forward to the next Terp Marketplace in spring!
There are plenty of exciting events happening at and around the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship. Get out your calendars and mark down these dates—we’ll see you there!
Pitch Dingman Competition Applications Monday, September 18 to Thursday, October 19
Pitch Dingman Competition is the University of Maryland’s only business competition exclusively for Terps. Held annually, students can compete for $30,000 in startup funding. Student entrepreneurs should apply at go.umd.edu/pitchcompetition.
Dingman Jumpstart Friday, October 6, 12-3 p.m. | 1505 Van Munching Hall
Dingman Jumpstart is open to all University of Maryland students who have a startup idea, but lack a business framework with which to operate. This pivotal workshop is a 3 hour crash-course in business models, financials, understanding your competition, and much more. Set your business up for success, and apply now at go.umd.edu/jumpstart!
spark: Where Fearless Ideas Start by the Dingman Center & Startup Shell Friday & Saturday, October 20 – 21 | Pownall Atrium, Van Munching Hall
spark: Where Fearless Ideas Start is a two-day ideation event featuring brainstorming activities that encourage students to find solutions to problems they want to solve. spark provides students who are interested in entrepreneurship but haven’t yet founded a venture with a means to discover and explore how their passions can translate into business ideas.Register at go.umd.edu/spark
Friday, October 20, 5-9 p.m. What Problem Do You Want To Solve?
On Friday night, under the direction of Professor Oliver Schlake students will brainstorm with their peers about problems they would like to solve. By the end of the night, they will join a team and begin collaborating to come up with ideas for solutions to their chosen problems.
Saturday, October 21, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. How Will You Solve It?
On Saturday, students will attend a series of workshops and work with mentors to fine-tune their idea and ultimately present their results at a Show and Tell, where judges will pick winners to take home prizes.
Terp Marketplace Friday, October 27, 12-2 p.m. | Pownall Atrium, Van Munching Hall
Terp Marketplace is an opportunity for student entrepreneurs to sell or showcase their products and gather feedback from the Smith community. There’s no better way to test your product on the open market than going out there and selling what you have, even if it isn’t perfect! Participation is free and is open to all current UMD students. Sign up for a table at go.umd.edu/terpmarketplace!
Ladies First Fall Dinner Wednesday, November 8, 6 p.m. | 2517 Van Munching Hall
Ladies First is the Dingman Center’s initiative to get more women involved in entrepreneurship at UMD. Female students are invited to attend the second annual Ladies First dinner and learn more about upcoming Ladies First programs and events for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Pitch Dingman Competition Semifinals Thursday, November 16, 6:00PM | Frank Auditorium
At Pitch Dingman Competition Semifinals, 10 student startups will pitch their businesses to judges to win a spot at the Finals in the spring. At the end, five startup teams will move on to compete for a shot at the $15,000 grand prize! Come cheer on your fellow Terps and learn more about the Pitch Dingman Competition at go.umd.edu/pitchcompetition!