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Startup UMD

Startup UMD is an innovation and entrepreneurship hub that is the first of its kind with four campus units and an industry partner co-located within the Diamondback Garage.

Ken Porter holding Faculy Startup Guide

Startup UMD serves as an initial touch point for anyone interested in engaging the university's innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. Located in the Diamondback Garage on the east side of The Hotel at UMD, it is home to several campus-wide innovation and entrepreneurship resources including the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, the Do Good Accelerator, the Terrapin Development Company, and UM Ventures along with Adobe's "Future of PDFs" research lab.

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Startup UMD media wall and furniture
Media Wall
EIR Session
Enterpreneur-in-Residence session
Front Desk
Innovation Catalyst at Front Desk
GSD@UMD
Startup UMD motto
Terrapin Conference Room
Terrapin Conference Room
George Lee
Dingman Center poster of student entrepreneur
Rudy Room
Dingman Center Rudy Room
TDC
Terrapin Development Company office
Do Good Accelerator office
Do Good Accelerator Office
Back Hall
Startup UMD Brainstorming Hall

Use Startup UMD to…

  • Find a lab/office for my venture

    Startup UMD is the home of the Terrapin Development Company, which can help you find your business's home within Greater College Park. Contact Terrapin Development Company at info@terrapindevelopment.com to set up a time to talk about the needs of your venture and what spaces may be a good fit.

  • Find an entrepreneurship program

    The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship and the Do Good Institute offer a bevy of entrepreneurship programs for students.

  • Find and invest in startups

    If you are an angel, a venture capitalist, or a private equity firm looking to invest in a University of Maryland-affiliated venture, connect with Stan Smith, Maryland Momentum Fund and Dingman Center Angels Investment Manager at ssmith@rhsmith.umd.edu.

  • Find entrepreneurship events

    Entrepreneurship events happening at Startup UMD can be found in the events section of the Innovation Gateway home page.

  • Get business advice for my venture

    If you are seeking business advice on your venture, Startup UMD is a good place to start as the Director of Faculty Startup Support, the Director of the Do Good Accelerator, and the Maryland Momentum Fund Investment Manager who also manages the Dingman Center Angels Network, all can be found here.

  • Identify/apply for funding & grants

    If you are looking for funding and grants, Startup UMD is a good place to start as the Director of Faculty Startup Support, the Director of the Do Good Accelerator, and the Maryland Momentum Fund Investment Manager who also manages the Dingman Center Angels Network, all can be found here.

  • Launch my venture

    UM Ventures, the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Do Good Institute possess resources and experts who can help university faculty, students, and alumni launch their ventures.

  • Learn about entrepreneurship

    Between UM Ventures, the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Do Good Institute, there are a plethora of ways for a university faculty, student, and alumnus to learn about entrepreneurship.

  • Mentor entrepreneurs

    Do you have experience launching and successfully exiting ventures? Are you naturally inclined to provide guidance and share your life experience with others? If you have answered yes to both, you might be a great addition to the UM Ventures Entrepreneurs-in-Residence team. To express your interest in serving as future mentor or EIR, contact Alla McCoy at acmccoy@umd.edu.

  • Partner with UMD more broadly

    The Chief Innovation Officer and several members of her team work out of Startup UMD. If you are interested in engaging the university as a potential research partner, pipeline for talent, or in another way, contact CIO Julie Lenzer at jlenzer@umd.edu.

  • Relocate my venture to College Park

    Startup UMD is the home of the Terrapin Development Company, which can help you find your business's home within Greater College Park. Contact Terrapin Development Company at info@terrapindevelopment.com to set up a time to talk about the needs of your venture and what spaces may be a good fit.