Each year, the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship hosts Pitch Dingman Competition, an opportunity for University of Maryland student entrepreneurs to pitch their businesses shark tank style to an expert panel of judges to compete for a total of $30,000 in seed funding. Pitch Dingman applications open at the beginning of the academic year, with a short quarterfinals phase in late September. A vetting process from alumni entrepreneur judges leads to a selection of 10 semifinalists. The Pitch Dingman Semifinals on Nov. 17 received a record turnout of students to watch the 10 teams whittled down to five finalists. The final round of competition is set for March 7 at 6 p.m. in the Colony Ballroom of UMD’s Stamp Student Union.
WeCook, a new tech company that brings personal chefs into people’s homes to stock their refrigerators with meals for a low subscription fee, was the big winner in the Feb. 16 Pitch Dingman Competition. The first-place win came with a $15,000 prize that the startup plans to use for marketing.
University of Maryland student entrepreneurs will vie for more than $30,000 to fund their startups at the Feb. 16 Pitch Dingman Competition final event at Stamp Student Union. Entrepreneurs heading up five businesses will take to the stage to pitch to a panel of seven judges and an audience of more than 200 students, business leaders, faculty, staff and guests.
François de Zamaróczy, Smith MBA candidate 2017, writes about the Pitch Dingman semifinals event last week. Pitch Dingman is the University of Maryland’s only business competition exclusively for Terps.
On Friday, April 10, and Friday, April 17, the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship will host Pitch Dingman walk-in sessions aboard the Terp Ride bus as part of UMD's 30 Days of Entrepreneurship celebration (#30DaysUMD). Entrepreneurs-in-residence will be on the bus ready to give actionable feedback on business ideas from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Terp Ride will be parked in the bus terminal outside of Stamp Student Union.
Every Friday, the Dingman Center ]opens its doors to student entrepreneurs determined to launch and develop their business =platforms during an informal pitch session, Pitch Dingman.
At Pitch Dingman, students, alumni, staff and faculty have the opportunity to meet with a seasoned entrepreneur to discuss their business ideas. These informal sessions are held on a walk-in basis every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Dingman Center suite, 2518 VMH. Participants are not required to bring a business plan or wear a suit. Just come ready to talk to an Entrepreneur in Residence about your idea and leave with actionable next steps.
Have an idea for a business? Pitch Dingman informal sessions are open to all UMD students. Meet with a successful entrepreneur to discuss your business idea and receive actionable feedback and next steps. No suits or business plans necessary. Walk-ins are welcome.
Following your session, there will be an opportunity to make an appointment for a longer follow-up session.
Watch ﬁve student entrepreneurs compete for $2,500 in seed funding. Audience will text-to-vote for their favorite startup and award them the $500 Audience Choice Award.
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