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Do Good Accelerator

The Do Good Accelerator is a collaborative space on campus that supports and helps to scale up students' innovative solutions to our world's most pressing challenges.

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Do Good Accelerator

This creative community space provides students with leadership coaching, mentoring opportunities with local businesses, foundations, nonprofits and NGOs, financial support and training to further their ideas. Opportunities offered include: Fellows program, Tune Up Tuesdays, and Scale Your Impact.

Fellows Program: A semester-long Fellowship, during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters, to support students transforming ideas into impact. The Fellows program provides students the space, resources, and opportunities to explore, test, or scale up their idea, project, or venture. Each week, students spend time participating in 1:1 coaching sessions with field experts, engaging in workshops that provide insights to valuable tools and resources, and immersing themselves in group activities with their peers who are also tackling a variety of social issues.

Tune Up Tuesdays: Have an idea that aims to create positive social change, working on an impact project, need help with your model, marketing, fundraising, stakeholder engagement, or anything else? Join us for Tune Up Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Do Good Accelerator to take your idea, project, or venture to the next step.

 

Scale Your Impact is a signature activity at the Do Good Accelerator that provides customized support and financial resources to students and alumni looking to extend their reach and create a larger social impact. Scale Your Impact is seeking groups who have already begun implementation, have had success to date, and are ready to scale. The individuals and groups demonstrating the most significant impact and innovation could be awarded up to $30,000 to support the advancement of their project or venture as well as a suite of other valuable resources.

Use Do Good Accelerator to…

  • Find a lab/office for my venture

    The Do Good Accelerator membership is available to all current UMD students and alumni working on a social-impact idea, project, venture, and/or organization. Membership is offered based on program participation, project feasibility, and space availability. If offered membership, it is active for one year (to exclude the summer semester). After one year, members can renew their membership based on the initial criteria.

  • Find an entrepreneurship program

    The Accelerator offers two entrepreneurship programs: the Fellows and Scale Your Impact. Applications for the Spring 2020 Fellows cohort are now being accepted. You can apply online here. Students accepted into the program are required to be in the Accelerator for at least 5-hours a week and will be paid $1,000!

  • Find entrepreneurship events

    Throughout the academic year, a number of workshops, gatherings, and social-impact events to support all students. In addition to the Accelerator's own events, the Institute offers workshops in conjunction with organizations including Candid. To keep up with all events, visit the Do Good calendar of events.

  • Get business advice for my venture

    Have an idea that aims to create positive social change, working on an impact project, need help with your model, marketing, fundraising, stakeholder engagement, or anything else? Join us for Tune-Up Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Do Good Accelerator to take your idea, project, or venture to the next step.The Accelerator is pleased to offer additional support for current UMD students, through coaching, to inspire action and impact. Current students engaged in classes, teams, projects, and organizations which place an emphasis on social impact are eligible to receive coaching support via Tune Up Tuesdays.

  • Identify/apply for funding & grants

    Through Scale Your Impact individuals and groups demonstrating the most significant impact and innovation could be awarded up to $30,000 to support the advancement of their project or venture as well as a suite of other valuable resources. Students accepted into the Fellows program are required to be in the Accelerator for at least 5-hours a week and will be paid $1,000. Also, Do Good Mini-Grants can provide funding for the development and implementation of student-led, student-run proposals which aim to create a positive social or environmental impact. Receive up to $500 to support your project or venture! Read about teams that were awarded Mini-Grants last year: Fall 2018 Recipients, Spring 2019 Recipients, and Fall 2019 Recipients

  • Learn about entrepreneurship

    By being part of the Do Good Accelerator students will learn about entrepreneurship and will have the access to "Do Good" events, projects, courses, and academic programs that help grow their knowledge, expertise and experience in nonprofit management, philanthropy, social innovation, and civic engagement. The Do Good Campus serves as a catalyst to ensure all University of Maryland students graduate equipped and motivated to do good in their careers, their communities, and the world.