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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.

February 2021

Feb. 16th, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Legal Documents Needed by Startups

Presenter: Mark T. Ehrmann, Partner, Quarles & Brady, LLP

After you register your startup, it’s tempting to start executing on your company’s business plan. However, there are important documents that need to be established first to create a clear operating and legal structure in place. Learn from experienced attorneys what are most important legal documents your startup needs and why.

Feb. 18th, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Finding and Understanding Your Customers: Building Products They Want

Presenter: Dan Kunitz, Director, Venture Strategy and Development, Mtech and UM Ventures

You have an invention! Now what? Learn how to conduct customer discovery to find out who could potentially benefit your innovation, how would they use it, how would they buy it (and would they?), how much would they pay for it, how can it be produced/distributed and many other important questions before you make a decision to invest time and money into a startup. University of Maryland and NSF offer longer programs (and some come with funding) to conduct customer discovery on a deeper level, these programs will also be discussed during this workshop.

Feb. 25th, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: “Freedom to Operate” for Startups

Presenter: John Lopinski, Partner, HodgsonRuss

Legally speaking, “Freedom to Operate” means analysis whether or not your startup’s products or services infringe on someone else’s intellectual property.  Learn why such analysis is important for technology based companies, how and when it is conducted, and what strategies are available if problems are found.  

Feb. 26th, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM: IMD@UMD

Learn about the new Immersive Media Design Major and hear from faculty and students at UMD working on immersive/XR projects.

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March 2021


March 19th, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM: TEDxCollegePark - An Equal Future

We want a future where one's zip code should not determine their lifespan, one’s gender or gender identity does not limit professional growth, where the color of one's skin does not determine how they are treated and where access to opportunities is open to ALL.

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April 2021


Inauguration Week
April 19th: The Art of Humanizing Grand Challenges

A moderated panel of arts and humanities experts provides insights on some of today’s Grand Challenges from a historical, cultural, and artistic perspective.

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April 20th: The Life and Legacy of David C. Driskell

President Pines joins Driskell Center Director Curlee Holton to reflect on the life and legacy of the late artist, scholar, curator and distinguished university professor emeritus.

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April 21st: President Pines on Parade

Students, faculty and staff can meet President Pines and Mrs. Sylvia Pines at one of three locations on campus. Take a photo with UMD's new president, receive a presidential turtle pin and taste the newest Maryland Dairy ice cream flavor, named in his honor.

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April 21st, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM: Innovate Maryland

More details to be announced on February 12th

April 22nd: Installation Ceremony

Dr. Darryll J. Pines is installed as president and shares his vision for UMD.

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April 22nd: Moving Maryland Forward: A Celebration of the Inauguration of Darryll J. Pines

This evening celebration features highlights from the official installation, special presentations, performances and remarks from special guests, including President Pines.

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April 23rd: A Celebration of Terps: Featuring the Maryland Awards

This annual awards ceremony from the UMD Alumni Association will honor the achievements of six outstanding Terps.

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April 24th: Maryland Day

The UMD tradition closes out inauguration festivities. Enjoy a day of learning, fun and discovery - online!

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April 29th: Do Good Challenge Awards Premiere

This year's Do Good Challenge has been reimagined for a safe, virtual environment to continue to recognize high-quality student teams and engage a diverse audience to celebrate their success and social impact. For the first time ever, the Challenge will happen as a series of virtual events throughout “Do Good Month” in April. Join us to watch video pitches, explore virtual Q&As, and get insider-looks at student teams’ work, all culminating in the Do Good Challenge Awards Premiere, where viewers can tune-in, vote for their favorite teams, and enjoy in a night of fun and celebration to see which teams take home the  top prizes!

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May 2021


May 4th: Pitch Dingman Competition Finals

Pitch Dingman Competition, the Dingman Center’s signature annual competition, provides the university’s most talented student entrepreneurs the opportunity to compete for seed funding and exclusive access to venture development resources. This year, the Dingman Center is expanding the competition by doubling the prize funding and adding three competition tracks for University of Maryland students to enter. Students from any college or major can now compete for $65,000 in non-dilutive startup funding.

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