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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.

September 2020

Sept 2, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Startup Guide for Faculty/Researchers at UMD

Presenters: Alla McCoy, Director, Startup Support 

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Sept 8, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: How to Pitch Investors

Presenter: Harry Geller, Entrepreneur in Residence, University of Maryland

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Sept 10, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM: Intellectual Property Fundamentals

Presenter:Felicia Metz, JD

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Sept 15, 10:00 - 11:00 AM: Software Commercialization

Presenter: John Fraser, RTTP, CLP, President, Burnside Development and Associate

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Sept 16, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Trade Secrets 101
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Sept 22, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Protect Yourself by Managing Potential Conflicts of Interest for UMD Faculty 

Presenters: Dr. Phil DeShong, COI Committee Chair; Felicia Metz, COI Committee Member; Joseph Smith, COI Administrator

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Sept 23, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Market Research 101
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Sept. 30, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Customer Discovery through I-Corps Program

Instructor: Dan Kunitz, Director of Venture Strategy and Development

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October 2020

Oct 1, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Market Research Databases at UMD: How to Access and Use

Presenter: Lily Griner, UMD Libraries 

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Oct 6, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: How to Assess a Potential CEO for Your Startup

Presenter: Manny Stockman, Principal, OUP

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Oct 8, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: CEO, CTO, CFO, CMO...CxO: What Do These People Do at a Startup and When Does the Business Need Them?

Presenter: Doug Humphrey, Entrepreneur in Residence

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Oct 8, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Presenter: Doug Humphrey, Entrepreneur in Residence

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Oct 15, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Understanding an Investment Term Sheet, What Founders Should Know

Presenter: Joseph Ward, Principal, Miles & Stockbridge

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Oct 19, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM: Environmental Health and Safety Regulations

Presenters: Maureen Kotlas, Executive Director, ESSR;
                   Mary Dorman, Assistant Director, Research Safety, ESSR

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Oct 22, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Should a Strategic Investor Be Considered as an Investor for my Startup?

Presenter: Jay Emmanuel, Partner at Capital One Ventures

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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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September 2020

September 10-11, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM: MAVRIC and Chesapeake DHX Conference 2020

Immersive Impact - WaysXR (VR/AR/MR) is making an impact on HealthCare, Business, Art, Intelligence, Defense, and Government.

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