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Worth Reading 8/30/13

It was an exciting week for The Dingman Center. We are thrilled to see MBA students coming back to campus for the start of another great academic year. A highlight from the week was Wednesday when the first year MBA students hosted MBA Marketplace, a fundraising competition to test out students’ creativity. Staff had fun using monopoly money to shop at the Marketplace. We also welcomed a new Dingman team member, Adam Van Wagner. Adam is our Community and Venture Programs Coordinator so many of you hear from him via email. When you’re in the office stop by and say hello.

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Let’s check out what’s worth reading for this week:

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Gearing up for Dingman Jumpstart

The Dingman Center team is excitedly preparing for another Dingman Jumpstart! This 5-day intensive entrepreneurship bootcamp allows students and alumni with a business idea  to take a deep dive into the exploring potential business models through hands-on workshops, interactive panel discussions and advising from successful entrepreneurs. Participants also get the added benefit of attending networking events with other entrepreneurial people, providing invaluable connections. Take a look at the pictures below for highlights from last year’s Dingman Jumpstart.

If you want to participate this year, apply and register soon to reserve your space. Apply by Friday, June 7 for a $100 discount on the registration fee! Looking for more information? Contact Alla Corey at acorey@rhsmith.umd.edu

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Pitch Dingman Competition 11/17/11

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 14-20, 2011), the Dingman Center sponsored a Pitch Dingman Competition for student entrepreneurs to compete for $2,750 in seed funding to launch or grow their business!


Beagle: Philippe Azimzadeh and Julian Capps
Beagle is a mobile app that connects students who needs things done with people willing to do them.

Community Ladders: Bill Varettoni
Community Ladders provides very affordable, one-on-one financial planning and advisory services for every stage of life and is devoted to consumer protection, group bargaining power, and upward mobility.

Comrade Brewing: David Lin
Comrade Brewing Company is focused on providing world class beer that is locally brewed and owned, focusing on ingredients. Located in Denver, Comrade Brewery is a tasting room model where over ¾ of the beer is sold direct to consumers.

NeverBoredU: Duncan Graham and Tim Tolino
NeverBoredU  is a website that serves students by letting them know everything going on all the time. The goal of NBU is to permeate college life internationally as the place people look to find out what is happening on and off campus.

Saylo: Martinas Terskin and Karen Turner
Saylo  is a mobile app that lets you create and join location-relevant conversations, allowing you to communicate, one-to-many, with the people around you.

Congratulations to all of our winners!

1st Place ($2000) : NeverBoredU
Second Place ($500) : Saylo
Audience Choice ($250) : Comrade Brewing

The Dingman Center Staff would like to extend a special thank you to our judges:
Steve Begleiter ’92, President & CEO, KBL Group International
Doug Palmer ’92, CEO & Founder, Palmer Financial
Neil Davis, MBA ’81, Vice President of Operations, Emerging Technology Centers
Protiti Dastidar, Tyser Teaching Fellow

Take a look at the pictures below for a photo recap of the November 17th Competition

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Are you interested in competing in a future Pitch Dingman Competition? Start by attending a Pitch Dingman informal session; every Friday from 11am to 1pm in the Dingman Center (2518 Van Munching Hall). No need to have a well-developed business plan, you can come with your idea still scribbled on the back of a napkin.

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