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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.

Upcoming Events

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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May 19th, 11:00am-12:00pm: Quantum Startup Foundry Information Sesssion

The Quantum Startup Foundry (QSF) at the University of Maryland brings together the resources needed—physical and virtual—to support entrepreneurs and startups in accelerating quantum technologies’ time to market. QSF will bring entrepreneurs together with industry and government customers, investors, technical mentors, leading-edge research and IP, and quantum-specific infrastructure (equipment, tools, facilities). Learn more about the QSF during this webinar.

May 20th, 4:00pm-5:15pm: Mtech Spring Startup Forum Pitch Event

Join Mtech Ventures for 10-minute pitches from three early-stage startups that are commercializing cutting-edge technologies at the University of Maryland. Startups will be pitching for potential funding, specific business support, and introductions. We will look to you, the audience, to suggest the resources these companies should explore to achieve their goals

June 2nd-4th: 2nd Annual EnTERPreneur Conference

This year the conference will be held virtually, allowing Terps to connect regardless of their location.  At this conference, participants will have the opportunity to connect with resources at UMD to help start or grow their business venture(s), learn from alumni and faculty experts to prepare their startup for success, network with other Terp entrepreneurs, investors and advisors and form relationships that will help them advance their career, and celebrate the achievements of Terp entrepreneurs and learn why UMD has been rated in the top 10 entrepreneurship programs for six consecutive years!


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.

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