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Connect & Network

As diverse and robust as the university's innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem is, there is no shortage of opportunities for students, faculty, alumni, investors, business owners, and community members to connect and network. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person events have been canceled or postponed for the time being; however, a number of programs and events have gone virtual. Check below to find and participate in upcoming webinars and online courses.

Business Skills for Scientists Workshop Series

A series of hands-on workshops developed to teach faculty and graduate students relevant business concepts and skills, inform them of available startup resources at UMD and how to take advantage of those resources, provide them with access to legal support and advice surrounding their startups, as well as offering faculty and graduate students the opportunity to develop applicable skills and attain new tools to activate transformational impact.

July 2020

​​​​​​​July 8, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Advancing Your Research Career through Technology Commercialization Activities 

Presenter: John A. Fraser, President, Burnside Development and Associates

July 11, 6:00 - 7:00 PM: Shell Makeathon Closing Event

To bring Shell Makeathon to a close, join us live as we announce winners, discuss impacts, and hear from partners that made this all possible. During the event, you will be able to vote on your favorite project to help decide the Audience Choice Winner!

July 16, 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM: Trademarks 101

Presenter: Raymond Van Dyke, Van Dyke Intellectual Property Law

July 16, 10: 00 AM - 11:30 AM: Lunch & Learn: HR Benefits 101

Presenter: Joey Price, Jumpstart HR & Ben Bohonwicz, Employee Benefit Services

July 30, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: How Equity Investments Work: Angels and VCs

Presenter: Stan Smith, Venture Investments Manager


August 2020

August 10-31: UMD's Introduction to I-Corps August Cohort

Presenter: Dan Kunitz, UMD Venture Strategy and Development Director, DC I-Corps Node Executive Director, and NSF I-Corps Instructor

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August 2020

August 10, 12-1pm: I-Corps August Cohort Kick-off Webinar

Only individuals selected for this cohort can participate. The first session will include a discussion of assignments and expectations.

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August 17, 8:30am-12pm: August Cohort Introduction to I-Corps

Only individuals selected for this cohort can participate. This session will include team introductions and information on Business Model Generation, Value Proposition Design, and Best Practices for Customer Discovery.

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August 24, 8:30am-12pm: I-Corps August Cohort Team Presentations

Only individuals selected for this cohort can participate. Teams will present on Lessons Learned from Customer Discovery. This session will also include Hypothesis Development, Customer Interview Workshops, and a Discussion on What’s Next.

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August 31, 8:30am-2:30pm: I-Corps August Cohort Final Review

Only individuals selected for this cohort will meet with an I-Corps Instructor. Teams will schedule individual final review meetings in 45-minute blocks with UMD I-Corps Instructors

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