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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.

April 2020

April 2, 11 am-12 pm: How Equity Investments Work - Angels and VCs

Presenter: Stan Smith, Venture Investments Manager

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April 6, 11am-12pm: Understanding an Investment Term Sheet, What Founders Should Know
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April 7, 10-11 am: Quick Scaling Your Way to Entrepreneurship

Presenter: Harry Geller, Serial Entrepreneur; Angel Investor, and Trustee of University of Maryland

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April 9, 8:30-9:30pm: Startup Guide for Faculty/Researchers at UMD

Presenter: Alla McCoy, Director, Startup Support

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April 13, 8:30-9:30pm, Intellectual Property Fundamentals

Presenter: Felicia Metz, JD

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April 14, 11am-12pm: IP Strategies for Startups

Presenter: Nicholas Hawkins, Associate, Womble Bond Dickinson 

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April 16, 8-9pm: Business Lingo for Scientists

Presenter: Alla McCoy, Director, Startup Support

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April 17-May 8: UMD's Introduction to I-Corps April Cohort

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

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April 23, 11am-12pm: Business Development 101 for Startups

Presenter: Pramod Raheja, Co-Founder and CEO, Airgility 

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April 23, 12-1pm: Women Academic Entrepreneurs

Presented by Osage Univeristy Partners 
 

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April 29, 12:30-2pm: How to Negotiate

Presenter: Sirin Koprucu, Founder/Principal StrategicStraights, Inc.

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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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I-CORPS

UMD'S INTRODUCTION TO I-CORPS COURSE

Applicants accepted into this intense, experiential, bootcamp-style cohort will work closely with teammates, other teams, and with mentors and instructors to develop business models around their innovations. Teams must also commit to conducting a significant number of customer interviews during the cohort, as well as to complete assignments and readings.

April 2020

April 17, 12-1pm: I-Corps April Cohort Kick-off Webinar

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

Apply Here to Participate
April 24, 8:30am-12pm: April 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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May 2020

May 1, 8:30am-12pm: I-Corps April 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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May 8, 8:30am-2:30pm: I-Corps April 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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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.

Apply Here to Participate
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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