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Worth Reading 3/21/14

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This week, UMD students are enjoying their Spring Break and the Dingman Center is on the countdown to Cupid’s Cup! Only 14 days left until Game Day. Have you reserved your ticket yet? Visit www.cupidscup.com to get a ticket while they last. Now, here’s what is worth reading.

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Worth Reading 3/7/14

Our Graphic Design Intern, Hannah Shaw, working on the Cupid's Cup brochure.

Our Graphic Design Intern, Hannah Shaw, hard at work on Cupid’s Cup!

Today the Center For Social Value Creation held their signature event, the sixth annual Social Enterprise Symposium, attracting hundreds of attendees. In less than one month, it will be our turn! Register for Cupid’s Cup early to reserve your ticket at the nation’s toughest business competition.

Now, let’s check out this week’s Worth Reading:

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Worth Reading 2/28/14

Can our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence have the same effect on professional football players that they have on student entrepreneurs? We’ll find out this Sunday when EIRs Harry Geller and John LaPides participate in a four-day entrepreneurship conference for current and former National Football League players.

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Participants will include: NFL cornerback Phillip Buchanon who is creating a board game to teach money management and other life skills to kids;  Arizona Cardinals long snapper Mike Leach who is developing a product to help parents toilet train their toddlers; and Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Plaxico Burress who has introduced a line of colorful, luxury socks. Read this Baltimore Sun article for more details.

Now, here is what’s Worth Reading this week.

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Worth Reading 2/21/14

Dingman Center GAs at work.

Dingman Center GAs at work.

As happens every four years, the Olympics are dominating the media. We can’t get enough of reading about athletes from all across the world. While it’s clear these Olympic athletes are fully committed to training for their sport, many have a day job. American snowboarder, Travis Rice, is not only a sensational athlete, but also a successful entrepreneur. He is the owner and the founder of the online gallery AsymbolGallery.com. There are many more athlete/entrepreneurs out there–who’s your favorite? 

Check out some non-Sochi news we found Worth Reading this week: 

  • For startups, the more social media you can execute yourself, the smalles your budget will need to be. Check out Social Media Stats 2014 (Infographic) to learn which network will work best for your business objectives.
  • As teams grow bigger, it is harder for the boss to motivate and engage with each and every employee. If you’re a founder of startup with a growing team, read  Why Don’t My Employees Care? and learn an important lesson. 

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Worth Reading 2/14/14

This Wednesday, we kicked off the Idea Shell cohort of Fearless Founders with 30 new student companies. The University of Maryland is closed again today due to inclement weather; stay safe!

Now, let’s see sit back and enjoy what we have prepared for this week’s Worth Reading:

  • Bisnow recently released it’s list of Power Women in Tech, including the Dingman Center’s managing director, Elana Fine! (@elanafine)
  • Since we have to cancel Innovation Fridays this week, take a look at How To Come Up With a Breakthrough Idea and be ready to pitch to an EIR next week.
  • For startups, one of the most efficient ways to get noticed is to become a thought leader in a certain field. Here’s How to Become a Thought Leader in a Month or Less.
  • Entrepreneur.com tells us that customers are looking for long-term relationships with brands, not a meaningless fling. In honor of Valentine’s Day, here is an infographic that will answer the question “Does My Customer Love Me?”
  •  The Walt Disney Company is encouraging digital startups ten startups focused on media and entertainment ideas will work with Disney leaders. Read more about Disney Accelerator in The New York Times. 

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Worth Reading 2/7/14

Today, the Dingman Center is leading the Smith School’s MBA Entrepreneurship Club in hosting the regional Venture Capital Investment Capital Competition. Smith MBAs are joined by teams from the Wharton School, the Darden School of Business, the McDonough School of Business, the Tepper School of Business, the Carey Business School and the Columbia Business School. Follow our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on the winners. Now, let’s check out what’s worth reading.

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Worth Reading 1/31/14

Program Manager, Rebecca Thorman, talks to students about Innovation Fridays

Program & Project Manager Rebecca Thorman talks to students about Innovation Fridays

Welcome back to Worth Reading! It felt great to see students back on campus and in the Dingman Center. It’s another busy Friday for the team with Innovation Fridays resuming, the Fearless Founders course kicking off, and students watching pitches from regional startups at Dingman Center Angels Review Day. We’re re-launching a few other programs this semester, particularly for MBA students. In case you missed it, take a look at a recent post on what we’re planning for the Smith Experience.

Now, check out what’s worth reading this week:

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Worth Reading 12/6/13

As of today, there is one month left to apply for Cupid’s Cup. We have received  many impressive applications from all over the country, and we are still looking for more. Interested in total of $115K in cash prizes? Want to compete in the nation’s toughest competition? How about exclusive access to Kevin Plank‘s professional network? Don’t hesitate, apply for Cupid’s Cup right now and impress us with your brilliant business!

Now, let’s check out the Worth Reading for this week.

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Worth Reading 11/22/13

Global Entrepreneurship Week was a great success for the Dingman Center! From Tuesday’s Entrepreneurship Connector to Thursday’s Pitch Dingman Competition, check out some highlights in the below photo gallery. Thank you to those who celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week with us.

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Worth Reading 11/15/13

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This week, participants of Fearless Founders presented on the progress of their business ideas to sponsors from Capital One. It was great to see how far they’ve come! We also had a Research and Practice Luncheon discussing the use of crowdfunding. The luncheon promoted engaged interaction between faculty, staff, angel investors and students. Check out some photos from the event on our Facebook page.

Now, here’s the Worth Reading for this week.

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