Spark seeks to inspire entrepreneurial excellence in UMD students

By: Jenna Pierson Spark at UMD, a creative workshop sponsored by the Robert H. Smith School of Business’ Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, held their annual event at the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center on Saturday. From 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 119 students came together to participate in a variety of brainstorming events designed to help them think creatively and critically about new … Continue reading Spark seeks to inspire entrepreneurial excellence in UMD students

Philanthropist and professor shares three decades of insight in new book

By David DeWeaver In the summer of 1990, before “self-care” became a catchphrase, 22-year-old Alex Counts saw first-hand what burnout looked like. He was in Washington, D.C. working as the legislative director for an anti-hunger advocacy nonprofit called RESULTS. It was, in his words, “a preposterously senior role” for someone who’d just graduated from college the year prior. So it made sense that on a … Continue reading Philanthropist and professor shares three decades of insight in new book

College Park entrepreneur talks socially-conscious apparel line

By David DeWeaver Standing in line at a Starbucks on Baltimore Avenue, Francie Wasser opted for a bottled herbal tea. She can’t tolerate caffeine, she said. Lattes make her feel agitated and sick. It’s a curious discrepancy for someone not otherwise averse to excitement. You’d be forgiven for thinking she was a Ph.D. student at first glance. Wasser has the clean, professional, working-woman aesthetic of … Continue reading College Park entrepreneur talks socially-conscious apparel line

BLK GOLD gives young black entrepreneurs a space to showcase their creativity

By Sahana Jayaraman Galaxy print booties and traditional African jewelry were among the items sold at an event run by Distinctly Creative Feb. 23, BLK GOLD: Black Creative Showcase + Marketplace. For entrepreneur and UMD alumna Zakiya Shivers, BLK GOLD was more than just a chance to sell her goods or get her business’s name out. “Not only is [BLK GOLD] good for…people of color to work … Continue reading BLK GOLD gives young black entrepreneurs a space to showcase their creativity

Startup UMD to open new entrepreneurial “hubs” around campus

By Ally Tobler A well-kept secret at this university is that there are twelve offices — known as Makerspaces — accessible for students to experiment with new technologies. Entrepreneurial resources will soon be more accessible and well-known on campus. Startup UMD, a collection of university organizations aimed at providing students with resources to fulfill their own entrepreneurial endeavors, will establish “hubs” around campus that students … Continue reading Startup UMD to open new entrepreneurial “hubs” around campus

Terp Marketplace

Student entrepreneurs showcase products, businesses at Terp Marketplace

By Danielle Kiefer Entrepreneurial students gathered in Van Munching Hall to show off their original products and services at Terp Marketplace Oct. 27. The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship provided tables and materials for students to display their product or business idea. Terp Marketplace allowed students to test the market by trying to sell or advertise their product and getting feedback from peers. Senior computer science … Continue reading Student entrepreneurs showcase products, businesses at Terp Marketplace

Virtual Reality technology supports entrepreneurship at TerpVenture’s VR at UMD

By Lynsey Jeffery A door covered with paper eyes stood in the middle of the Stamp Student Union’s Atrium Tuesday. Virtual reality goggles lay beside the door on a table. Around the perimeter of the room were tables with T-shirts, computer monitors and frozen Jell-O. This scene was the VR at UMD Virtual Reality Expo held by the new entrepreneurship-focused club TerpVenture. The event featured … Continue reading Virtual Reality technology supports entrepreneurship at TerpVenture’s VR at UMD