Category Archives: Terp Startup

Learning the Mind Palace Technique with Terp Startup NuroSTREAM

On Nov. 20, 2020, Terp Startup NuroSTREAM hosted a free Mind Palace workshop at Startup Shell, UMD’s student-run incubator. The workshop was designed to test their startup’s neuroscience-based study platform. NuroSTREAM is participating in the Dingman Center’s Terp Startup Fellows program pilot, which provides continued resources and funding support for selected graduates from our Terp Startup summer accelerator. The following is one student’s account of her experience in the workshop.

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by: Allison Criswell ’21

Just in time for finals season, NuroSTREAM hosted a memorization strategy “Mind Palace”at UMD. The mind palace technique originated in ancient Greece, when a poet experienced a disaster and was later able to walk himself through the scene in his mind, recalling where each person was sitting when it happened. Beyond remembering where dead people were, NuroSTREAM is bringing this to students as a study method. Students can link facts or sequences with specific locations, senses (smell, touch, etc.), and emotions in order to keep them in their mind when that big exam comes. To explain, let me use the number memorization example given in the workshop.

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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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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

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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

Pendulum Analytics, Inc.

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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Terp Startup OpenPoll Helps Organizations Get More Reliable Polling Data

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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OpenPoll

OPENPOLLLogoFounder and CEO: Zachary Wynegar ’20, Computer Science Major

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

Wynegar: Most Americans can relate to answering fewer, if any, unknown phone calls due to the large amount of spam. However, this hasn’t always been the case. The American public opinion research and political polling industries have become reliant on telephone calls to gauge public opinion, and due to Americans refusing to answer the phone to unknown numbers, these industries are suffering from lesser accuracy and skyrocketing costs. OpenPoll relieves this pain point by allowing these organizations to gather accurate public opinion data from the public using digital means including social media, text messaging, and email. We are specifically operating in the niche political polling industry which has specialized needs currently unfulfilled in the market.

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Terp Startup NuroSTREAM Helps Students Study through Neuroscience

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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Kirsten Newman and Steven Jettoo

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Co-Founder and CEO/President: Steven D. Jettoo ’20, Computer Science major with a Data Science Focus
Co-Founder and COO/CMO: Kirsten “Sage” Newman ’15, Physics major, Math minor

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

Jettoo & Newman: NuroSTREAM is an education tech company that aims to enhance high school and college students’ learning curve by streamlining educational content, easing access to efficient learning tools, and captivating minds. Issues in the education system such as limited one-on-one interaction, impersonal material, and lack of perspective cause students to fall behind. We address these issues by using brain-targeted techniques and innovative learning models.

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Terp Startup MPLEX is Developing a Revolutionary Virtual Reality Game

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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Founder & CEO: Galen Stetsyuk ’20, Computer Science major

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

Stetsyuk: The Virtual Reality Industry has disappointed many so far with content offerings that are below the standards set by the games industry. Content for VR games lacks the quality and depth players are used to in console and PC video games. VR is also a more difficult platform to develop high quality graphics, so there are also very few games with the same visual quality players are used to. Finally, VR has the issue of causing varying levels of discomfort in more intense experiences. Given that VR has the potential to revolutionize the entire entertainment industry, MPLEX is focused on solving these problems and unleashing that potential.

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Terp Startup Iced Out Cosmetics Celebrates Those ‘Iced Out’ by Society’s Beauty Standards

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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Founder and CEO: Isha Kamara ’20, African American Studies major

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

Kamara: Iced Out Cosmetics was created to make the groups most ostracized and made to seem less attractive by society feel beautiful and like they have a place in the beauty industry. As a first generation African woman who has been bullied most of her life for having dark skin, I decided to make it my purpose to create a brand for dark skinned people of color to prove to them that they are beautiful—that beauty is not just skin deep but also a mentality that everyone can achieve with confidence. The uniqueness of this brand is that my target demographic does not start and end with only black women. Many brands make the mistake of leaving out the LGBTQIA+, they are often overlooked by brands and have no real representation in the beauty industry. My brand will be a brand that celebrates dark skin beauty and the difference that adds to our beauty as more than an aesthetic.

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