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College and University Students

College and University students already have to deal with classes, homework, and maintaining a semblance of a social life - and the rare few decide to build a venture on top of that. We know you're crazy busy, so we've done the work of compiling information about resources for student entrepreneurs in Baltimore.
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A-Level Capital
A-Level Capital provides seed funding for startups founded by JHU students and young alumni.
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Venture Capital
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Incubator
Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
At UMD, we cultivate a campus of fearless innovators to reframe and disrupt the norm to bring about change. By empowering students to reimagine the landscape, not blend in, we prepare them to solve th
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Attman Competition
Leonard and Phyllis Attman established the Competitive Business Prize in 2011 as a way for UB students and alumni to compete for business venture seed funding. The Leonard and Phyllis Attman Competi
Startups
Small Businesses
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Event
Pitch Competition
October
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Early
Industry Agnostic
Startups
Small Businesses
Students
University-affiliated
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Ballard Spahr BASE CAMP
The legal challenges facing budding business owners are many, consuming both time and much-needed resources. These challenges can be all the more daunting for student entrepreneurs who, in light of ac
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Professional Services
Legal Advice
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Students
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Accelerator
Baltipreneurs Accelerator
The Baltipreneurs Accelerator will provide a total of $15,000 in funding for members of the Baltimore community, (including Loyola Students, faculty, and staff) who are building a business or an innovative social venture. Five to eight selected teams will join the Accelerator to receive . . .
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Demo Day
Grants
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Early
Industry Agnostic
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Female Founders
Founders of Color
Veteran Founders
Students
Faculty
University-affiliated
Funding
Mentorship
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Accelerator
Bet on Baltimore
BET ON BALTIMORE is our flagship program. It is an intensive, paid, 5-week summer internship that teaches design thinking, making, and entrepreneurship to support students in launching a business or s
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Accelerator
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Community and Social Impact
Social Impact
Community Development
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Students
Youth
Youth-Focused
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Mentorship
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Bisciotti Foundation Prize for Student Entrepreneurship
The Bisciotti Foundation Prize for Student Entrepreneurship is a non-dilutive grant provided by Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures. The goal of the Bisciotti Student Prize is to help student startups s
Startups
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Grants
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University-affiliated
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Bisciotti Foundation Translational Fund
Established through a generous multi-year gift from the Bisciotti Foundation, the Bisciotti Foundation Translational Fund provides $300,000 seed funding to advance discoveries on a commercial path at
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Evergreen Fund
Early
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Cybersecurity, Data, and Technology
Technology
Startups
Students
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University-affiliated
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Funding
Blue Jay Syndicate
The first angel investment network for startups with founders from the Johns Hopkins University
Startups
Early
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Equity
Angel Investment
Venture Capital
Early
Industry Agnostic
Startups
Alumni
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Incubator
Bowie State Entrepreneurship Academy
The Entrepreneurship Academy helps students create their own business opportunities or become innovative thinkers and problem-solvers at established companies. Ultimately, the academy strives to becom
Nonprofits
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Bulldog Pitch Competition
Do you have an interest in entrepreneurship? Or an innovative idea you want to pitch? What about a problem to solve? Want to hear feedback and network with industry professionals who own and operate b
Startups
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Early
Event
Pitch Competition
February
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Early
Cybersecurity, Data, and Technology
Community and Social Impact
Arts and Media
Sustainability
Social Impact
Film & Media
IT
Finance
Startups
Students
University-affiliated
Mentorship
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Business Model Competition
Build out a business model for your idea using the Business Model Canvas and you could win money to help get your idea off the ground and running! Participants put their models on posters, which will
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Pitch Competition
May
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Carey Entrepreneurship Network
The Entrepreneurship Network provides resources and connections for students interested in starting a new business or joining the start-up community. Innovators and entrepreneurs can use these resourc
Nonprofits
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Networks
Education/Workshops
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Business Services and Finance
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Finance
Healthcare
Social Impact
Technology
Business Services
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Students
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Incubator
Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Towson University
Fostering entrepreneurial talent, ideas and opportunities through programs, competitions, and the infusion of innovative thinking across campus.
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Incubator
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Founders of Color
Female Founders
Students
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University-affiliated
Mentorship
Pitch Competition
Education/Workshops
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Mentorship
Center for Strategic Ingepreneurship
The Center for Strategic Ingepreneurship (CSI) will serve as a university-based entity that will facilitate the development and dissemination of ingepreneurial knowledge and skills through research, t
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Mentorship
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Coffee and Learn Workshops @ UB
Join us for a chance to build and develop your entrepreneurial talents over a series of workshops hosted at the UB Business Center
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Weekly
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Community Consulting Lab
The Community Consulting Lab at the Carey Business School brings together inter-disciplinary teams consisting of graduate students from across Johns Hopkins University to work with local businesses an
Nonprofits
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Small Businesses
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Professional Services
Consulting
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Funding
Contrary Capital Venture Investment
Contrary Capital is a pre-seed, university-focused VC firm with a nationwide network of 100+ talented students across 40+ of the top entrepreneurship universities. Contrary invests in companies buil
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Equity
Venture Capital
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Makerspace
Digital Media Center
The DMC is a multimedia lab space as well as an equipment, printing and knowledge resource for JHU students interested in exploring creative uses of emerging media and technology to communicate their
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Makerspace
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High Speed Internet
On-Site Mentors
Free Materials
Printing/Copying/Scanning
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Mentorship
Dingman Center Mentor Network
The Dingman Center Mentor Network is the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship's initiative to connect our network of successful entrepreneurs and professionals to our top student entrepreneurs.
Nonprofits
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Mentorship
Networking
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Mentorship
Dingman Fridays
Have an idea for a business or a solution to a problem worth solving? Dingman Fridays advising sessions are held every Friday of the semester from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Dingman Center (2518 Van Mun
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Staff
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Dingman Jumpstart
Dingman Jumpstart is where you lay the foundation for your idea to become a reality. This pivotal workshop is a 3 hour crash-course in business models, financials, understanding your competition and m
Startups
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Bootcamps
Monthly
Workshops/Seminars
Education/Workshops
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University-affiliated
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Do Good Challenge
The annual Do Good Challenge inspires students to make a difference for the issues, ideas, and communities they care about. Students from across campus spend the year advocating, fundraising, voluntee
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Pitch Competition
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Do Good Lunch With Leaders
The Do Good Accelerator is proud to host its Lunch with Leaders Series on the 2nd Wednesday of (almost) every month. This series provides UMD students and members of the local community a chance to me
Nonprofits
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Speaker Series
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Do Good Mini Grants
In the end, the Do Good Institute awarded grants to 25 teams, with teams receiving up to $500 to advance their projects and ventures. Included in these winners are three teams that were awarded Do Good Mini-Grants as part of the U21 Rise competition. Along with funding, all teams will receive coaching and project support at the Do Good Accelerator.
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Grants
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Incubator
Entrepreneurial Development & Assistance Center
Morgan State University's Entrepreneurial Center's mission is to connect budding and existing entrepreneurs to resources for venture management and growth
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Entrepreneurship & Innovation Network (EIN)
The hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Maryland, Baltimore
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Mentorship
Casual Networking
Networking
Education/Workshops
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Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program (EIP)
The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program (EIP) provides University of Maryland Honors College freshmen and sophomores with an interdisciplinary, living and learning education to help build the entr
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Fellowships
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Entrepreneurship Fellows Program at UB
The Entrepreneurship Fellows Program at UB offers a new way to educate the next generation of entrepreneurs. The program balances classroom theory with periods of practical, hands-on experience, prior
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Fellowships
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University-affiliated
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Mentorship
FastForward U Friday Office Hours
FastForward U Friday Office Hours offer a chance for students to meet one-on-one for 30 minutes with experienced entrepreneurs or experts and get feedback and insight on their ventures. The office hou
Startups
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Mentorship
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Startups
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Accelerator
FastForwardU Fuel Accelerator
Offered in both the fall and spring semesters, the Fuel accelerator will accept up to five student ventures - across all JHU schools - with the goal of providing skill-building workshops, in-kind resources, mentorship and funding in a structured nine-week program.
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Accelerator
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Grants
University-affiliated
Demo Day
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Students
Workshops/Seminars
Education/Workshops
Mentorship
24/7 Access
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Coworking
FastForwardU Homewood
A hub and resource network designed exclusively for Johns Hopkins University students, FastForward U provides students with dedicated innovation space. In fall 2018, Johns Hopkins' first student inno
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Conference Rooms
Lounge Area
Event Space
Storage Lockers
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Accelerator
FastForwardU Spark Accelerator
Offered in both Fall and Spring, the Spark Accelerator will accept up to 10 idea-stage student teams, across all JHU schools, into a 9-week accelerator program focused on market research and customer validation. . .
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Accelerator
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University-affiliated
Mentorship
Demo Day
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Students
Grant Funding
Mentorship
Workshops/Seminars
Office Space
Demo Day
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Funding
Graduate Student Award
The FastForward U Graduate Student Award (GSA) supports Johns Hopkins students aiming to solve major challenges through entrepreneurship. We have recognized that raising significant early stage fundi
Startups
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Grants
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Startups
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Hatch Innovation Conference
The Hatch Innovation Conference is the biggest celebration of entrepreneurship at Johns Hopkins. Each spring, Hatch brings dozens of startup companies and renowed innovators to the JHU Homewood campus
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Himan CEOs Program
As the nation's first living-learning entrepreneurship program, Hinman CEOs is a groundbreaking initiative placing entrepreneurial students from all technical and non-technical academic disciplines in
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HopHacks
A student-led collaborative event that awards cash prizes to teams solving real-world problems using technology.
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Hackathons
Quarterly
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Makerspace
IDEA Space
The IDEA Space is an idea laboratory that encourages and facilitates interdisciplinary projects among students, faculty, and the larger Loyola community. Every member of the Loyola community is welcom
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Event Space
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Workshops/Seminars
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Funding
Impact Seed Fund
Dream big, but have a positive impact on the world. That's the idea behind the new, Impact Seed Fund program available to select University of Maryland student entrepreneurs. The Impact Seed Fund off
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Innov8MD Baltimore & Beyond Conference
The Baltimore and Beyond Conference showcases over 50 student-run ventures from 15+ local colleges and universities. Bringing together nearly 500 attendees, the Baltimore and Beyond conference is one of the. . . .
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Innovators of Progress
We Support the Problem Solvers of Tomorrow with financial aid every semester until graduation and with seed capital for ideas that excite us.
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Scholarship
Grants
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Student Only
Academic Requirements
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Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic
The Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic ("IPEC") is an expansion of the UMB's law school's existing Intellectual Property Law Clinic. Students in the clinic will explore intellectual pro
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IP
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JHU Business Plan Competition
The nationally recognized Johns Hopkins University Business Plan Competition, hosted by the Center for Leadership Education, provides an opportunity for students to take a novel idea or innovative tec
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JHU Makerspace
The Makerspace is a manufacturing and design space managed by the Whiting School of Engineering to enable innovative projects by students.
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On-Site Training
Lab Equipment
Lab Space
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Makerspace
John and Stella Graces MakerSpace
Located in the Terrapin Learning Commons on the second floor of McKeldin Library, the John and Stella Graves MakerSpace is the University of Maryland Libraries' very own makerspace. Visit us to exper
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Ladies First
Ladies First is the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship's commitment to increase the number of women involved in entrepreneurship at UMD. Ladies FirstThe Dingman Center launched the Ladies First in
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Mentorship
Legal Office Hours
There is no entrepreneur in the world who won't need legal guidance at some point in their entrepreneurial journey. Legal Office Hours at the Dingman Center gives UMD students and alumni the opportuni
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Loyola University Innovation Fellowship
The University Innovation Fellows program was created by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter) and funded by a five-year National Science Foundation grant. It is now
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MICApreneurship
#MICApreneurship is a hub of creative applied entrepreneurial support, resources and programming specially designed to help MICA students and Alumni be successful. *Limited to MICA community*
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Made @ Dent
MADE@DENT teaches students to become better makers and entrepreneurs while preparing them for the workforce. Students are paid hourly wages to operate a business that sells custom corporate gifts, awa
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Workforce Development
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Medhacks
What if the most creative minds channeled their focus into solving the most impactful problems of today? Imagine if we could apply the ingenuity that powers the most profound technology into the most
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Hackathons
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Mentorship
Mentor Dinner Series
Are you a student entrepreneur in Maryland looking for mentors? Innov8MD's Mentor Dinner Series can help you find them! Each month during the Spring, we unite student entrepreneurs and industry expert
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Mtech Ventures partners with entrepreneurs to build leading technology companies. With company founders facing challenges such as business planning, staffing, launching, and financing, we provide expe
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Oca Mocha
OCA Mocha’s mission is to create a shared space and experience that fosters ongoing engagement between UMBC and its surrounding communities. Consistent with that mission, UMBC and community groups may reserve the OCA Mocha community meeting room
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PNC Scholars/Fellows Scholarship
The PNC Scholars/Fellows Program provides awards up to $3,000 to outstanding UMBC students interested in becoming an entrepreneur.
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Pitch Dingman Competition
Pitch Dingman Competition is an annual business competition where University of Maryland students can compete for more than $30,000 in startup funding. The competition consists of a fall Semifinals an
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President's Entrepeneurial Fellowship
One of UMB's top priorities is commercializing innovative technologies discovered by UMB faculty into new therapeutics, vaccines, diagnostics, medical devices, software solutions, and research tools.
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REEF Program
The REEF Program helps young scientists cultivate the leadership and business skills necessary to bring their research into commercial markets and provides students with an enhanced appreciation of th
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Rise to the Challenge Competition
The Rise to the Challenge Pitch Competition offers over $20,000 in cash and professional services up for grabs. The Competition promises to be UB's most exciting competition of the year. This could be
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Robert G. Hisaoka Speaker Series
The Robert G. Hisaoka Speaker Series was created through a generous three-year gift from Robert G. Hisaoka '79, who aims to bring business leaders and startup founders to the University of Maryland th
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SPARK Bootcamp
The annual spark: Where Fearless Ideas Start is an ideation event during the fall semester co-hosted by the Dingman Center and Startup Shell, a student-run incubator at the University of Maryland. The
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Sandbox
Sandbox is a student-run makerspace for artists, designers, and hackers to create amazing things. Come in with your ideas and build your project.
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Scale Your Impact
Scale Your Impact is a signature program of the Do Good Accelerator that provides customized support and financial resources to University of Maryland students and alumni looking to extend their reach
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Small Business & Community Equity Development Clinic
Thriving businesses and community-based organizations are the engines for strong neighborhoods and healthy communities. Student attorneys in the Small Business and Community Equity Development Clinic wo
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Startup Fellows Programs
We recognize that our community of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs are extremely interested in pursuing opportunities within current startup companies. At the same time, the startup companies we engag
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Startup Shell
Startup Shell is the student-run coworking space and incubator at the University of Maryland. We foster entrepreneurship through collaboration.
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StartupUMD Business Fundamentals Workshops
A series of hands-on workshops developed collaboratively by UM Ventures, Mtech, and Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship specifically for UMD faculty and graduate students to teach business concepts an
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Student Entrepreneur Newsletter
A curated monthly email newsletter for student entrepreneurs in Maryland, containing information about events, funding opportunities, accelerator programs, and more.
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Summer Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Award
The Summer Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Award supports one Johns Hopkins undergraduate-led startup each year with grant funding of $10,000Size: $10,000 Length of Project: Full-time over the summer
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Sustainability Fund
The University Sustainability Fund provides funding for projects that promote environmental sustainability, and positively impact and enhance the student experience at UMD. The Fund will allocate fu
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TU Student Launch Pad
We're the hub of entrepreneurial activities and resources helping the TU community to imagine, ignite and transform ideas into action. Make an appointment, attend an event or workshop or just stop by
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Terp Marketplace
Sell your product or service to UMD students, faculty and staff at an upcoming Terp Marketplace! Find out if what you have is a product or service people want and the price they are willing to pay. Th
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Terp Startup is a summer accelerator program that helps student entrepreneurs make progress on their startup for eight weeks in the summer in lieu of an internship. At the end of the summer program, s
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Terrapin Works is a collection of digital manufacturing resources provided as a service to the campus and surrounding community. These resources range from consumer grade 3D printers to high end produ
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The Big Idea Poster Competition
Do you have a great idea for a business, product or nonprofit organization? Put that idea on paper and get feedback in a low-pressure environment from judges. *Limited to TU students*
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The Cangialosi Business Innovation Competition
The CBIC is designed to attract the real entrepreneurs at UMBC, the ones who know they are going to start a company, or in some cases have already. You're the ones this entrepreneurship program was de
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The 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. The Accelerator offers a number o
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The Grid
The University of Maryland BioPark opened this space in late 2017 to forge connections among social entrepreneurs, and provide community space in Southwest Baltimore. Located inside the Lion Brothers
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The Grid Pitch
The Grid Pitch is a student event that promotes entrepreneurial ideas. This showcase allows for students to pitch their innovative business ideas to a panel of experts and investors in the entrepreneu
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The Tiger Cage
Ready to practice your business pitch and potentially win prizes to help you get your idea off the ground? In this fast-paced pitch competition inspired by TV's "Shark Tank" series, you will give a s
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UMB I-Corps
I-Corps is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Initiative to increase the economic impact of research and social entrepreneurship. This course engages participants to explore their ideas and researc
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UMBC Entrepreneurship Undergraduate Research Awards
Entrepreneurship URAs provide up to $1,500 to undergraduate researchers to support the development of a solution to either a technical or social problem in collaboration with a UMBC faculty mentor. Th
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UMBC Idea Competition
Have an idea on how to improve or change the world? Burning up with ideas to help the environment, society, business, your friends, social media or anything else you can dream up? UMBC wants to give y
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UMBC Student Idea Lab
Our focus is to accelerate your entrepreneurial endeavors! Youcan bring life to your business concept by taking advantage ofthe UMBC Student Idea Lab and Business Incubator Program. We support UMBC
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UMD Entrepreneurs in Residence
Experienced seiral entrepreneurs will serve as your business mentors and will help you figure out detailed plan and next steps in your startup journey. They can help answer many questions about starti
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UMD I-Corps
I-Corps is a National Science Foundation program designed to foster, grow and nurture innovation ecosystems regionally and nationally.
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UP/Start Venture Competition
The Up/Start Venture Competition, an initiative of MICApreneurship, focuses on incubating and building creative business ventures within the MICA community. Working with industry partners, the UP/St
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Women Owned & Managed Enterprise Network Conference
The W. O. M. E. N Conference is a network of resources that support women in developing and retaining competitive enterprises
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dFab Digital Fabrication Studios @ MICA
Cut it. Print it. Be a game changer. With our state-of-the-art tech, the impossible is at your fingertips. At MICA, we understand that creating the future of art requires some seriously cutting edge
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