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TENx UMD

The University of Maryland Alumni Association is capturing the journeys of EnTERPreneurs. Hear from them as they share why they launched their ventures, the challenges they experienced and what advice they have for current and aspiring founders.

Watch all of the TENx UMD EnTERPreneur Talks below.

Pawsible is a women-led nonprofit by and for volunteer puppy raisers. Pawsible was founded by a small group of university students passionate about helping others and forwarding change in the assistance dog community. The vast majority of our team members are also volunteering in other ways, most often as puppy raisers. We have also recruited non-puppy-raising team members who have fallen in love with our community through their experience with Pawsible.

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UMD has actually been extremely crucial in making this transition into a career entrepreneur. I have really enjoyed working with UMD in different capacities.

Vanessa Barker
Vanessa Barker '20 Co-Founder

beehiiv is the publishing and newsletter platform built by creators for creators.

Follow beehiiv:

  • https://www.instagram.com/beehiiv/
  • https://www.facebook.com/trybeehiiv/
  • https://twitter.com/beehiiv

Obviously being on campus surrounded by a bunch of other students found a lot of opportunities to meet different people and explore different ideas.

Tyler_Denk
Tyler Denk '16 Co-Founder & CEO

Storyline produces powerful video storytelling that connects with targeted audiences to effect change.

Follow Storyline:

  • https://www.twitter.com/frates
  • https://www.facebook.com/chris.frates.39

The University of Maryland, in particular, the Merrill College of Journalism, has played a huge role in my becoming an entrepreneur, because the foundational pieces that I learned at the J School, I still use everyday.

Chris_Frates
Chris Frates '02 Founder

At Mapistry, we are passionate about driving intelligent environmental and safety decisions. Mapistry’s cloud-based platform and mobile app gives the world’s leading industrial, manufacturing and transportation companies full visibility into their environmental and safety operations to make smarter decisions and effectively oversee risk.

Follow Mapistry:

  • https://www.facebook.com/mapistry/
  • https://twitter.com/mapistry
  • https://www.linkedin.com/company/mapistry/

The foundation of everything I learned (at Maryland) was core when we were getting Mapistry started. I was doing all of the coding and having to learn a lot of new technologies that I didn't necessarily have the experience in and so having that sort of core educational foundation was really important.

Allie_Janoch
Allie Janoch '09 Co-Founder

Mobtown Fermentation is the maker of Wild Bay kombucha. The mission of Mobtown Fermentation is to make approachable and affordable kombucha for their community to enjoy. They believe everyone should enjoy the benefits of kombucha and have access to healthy options.

Follow Mobtown Fermentation:

  • https://www.instagram.com/wildbaykombucha/
  • https://www.facebook.com/WILDBAYKOMBUCHA/
  • https://twitter.com/wildbaykombucha

The role that the Terp Entrepreneur Network and Terp Business (are) playing now is fantastic and is a huge part of tying (Mobtown Fermentation) to the University of Maryland, with me being an alumni."

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Sergio Malarin '13 Co-Founder

Slay Naturals is a skin care line. Their goal is to make you feel happy about taking care of yourself.  You are their focus. More importantly, they want to see you take pride and joy in being comfortable in your own skin. They are committed to creating all natural high quality products that are accessible and inclusive to diverse groups of people. 

Follow Slay Naturals:

  • https://www.instagram.com/slaynaturals/

I'm very thankful for being a Terp and having that name when I go places and being able to make connections because I am a Terp.

Breonna_Massey
Breonna Massey '19 Founder

Words Beats & Life uses a holistic approach to youth, and community development that involves hip-hop artists, scholars, educators, activists, and allies. WBL began as a conference at the University of Maryland in the fall of 2000; the founders worked to create a vehicle to transform individual lives and communities through Hip-Hop.

Read more about Mazi and Words, Beats & Life in this University of Maryland Alumni Association Blog post.

Follow Words, Beats & Life:

  • http://instagram.com/wordsbeatsandlife
  • http://facebook.com/wordsbeatslife
  • http://twitter.com/wordsbeatslife
  • https://www.youtube.com/wordsbeatsandlife
  • https://www.twitch.tv/wordsbeatsandlife
  • http://medium.com/@wbl

I mean I think the University of Maryland is central to not just my venture but to my identity. The reality is I wouldn't be the person I am had I gone to another school for a range of reasons including the mentors I had, the classes I took, the extracurricular activities.

Mazi_Mutafa
Mazi Mutafa '06 Founder and Executive Director

Aurora creates an inclusive space for all athletes to perform in color. The name Aurora is a play on the Aurora Lights. An aurora, sometimes referred to as northern lights, is a dynamic natural light of brilliant lights that appear as curtains, rays, spirals or dynamic flickers covering the entire sky. Since its inception, Aurora has empowered performers to bring their own dynamic color and light to the stage.

Follow Aurora:

  • https://www.instagram.com/auroratights/?hl=en
  • https://www.facebook.com/auroratights/

No matter if I came in there (the Dingman Center) with like a crazy idea at the start or coming here now as a operating business and need more consulting or strategy or just even some support to kind of call on, so we know that they've been here throughout the journey.

Jasmine Ferguson
Jasmine Ferguson '18, MBA/MPP '21 Co-Founder

HOPE Hydration is a technology company designing and deploying solutions to transform how the world hydrates.

Read more about Jorge Richardson in this Smith School article, Making the World a Better Place, One Sip at a Time.

Follow HOPE Hydration:

  • https://www.linkedin.com/company/hope-hydration
  • https://twitter.com/hopehydration

As cliché as it sounds, this fighting spirit where you're always moving forward, there's a community to help you do that and you know by tapping into the right groups within Smith (School of Business) and within the University of Maryland there is so much support that you always keep moving and be an entrepreneur.

Jorge Richardson
Jorge Richardson '21 Founder & CEO

Embodied Labs is the immersive training platform for companies committed to providing excellent care and service. Embodied Labs believe that virtual reality (VR) experiences can enable those providing care to embody the perspectives and conditions of other people, gaining an understanding they can’t get from traditional training tools. These insights empower Embodied Labs users to provide more effective care.

Follow Embodied Labs:

  • https://www.linkedin.com/company/embodiedlabs
  • https://www.facebook.com/embodiedlabs/
  • http://instagram.com/embodiedlabs
  • http://twitter.com/embodiedLabs

The University of Maryland was definitely integral to my being able to grow into an entrepreneur.

Erin Washington
Erin Washington '07, 09 Co-Founder