On Campus

  • Startup Guide
    Interactive guide for aspiring graduate student and faculty entrepreneurs at the University of Maryland.
  • Terrapin Works
    Collection of rapid prototyping, advanced manufacturing, and digital design resources provided as a service to the campus and surrounding community.
  • Startup Shell
    Student-run coworking space and incubator at the University of Maryland that fosters entrepreneurship through collaboration.
  • MIPS Funding for Product Development
    MIPS provides funding, matched by participating companies, for university-based research projects that help the companies develop new products
  • Startup Fundamentals Workshops
    Hands-on entrepreneurship workshops for UMD faculty and graduate students.
  • UM Ventures
    Joint initiative of the MPowering the State Program, bringing the University of Maryland, Baltimore and University of Maryland, College Park together to commercialize discoveries, and create economic impact by engaging partners in industry and social ventures.


  • Dingman Angels
    Maryland based angel investment group that provides funding to early-stage companies primarily located in the Mid-Atlantic region.
  • Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund
    Invests in companies with innovative solutions that can help improve air and water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
    Provides resources and connections that early stage technology and life sciences companies need to thrive in Maryland.
  • SBIR
    Highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.

Setting Up A Legal Entitiy

Perfecting the Elevator Pitch

Creating a Pitch Deck

Writing an Executive Summary

Sizing Your Market

Creating a Financial Model

Protecting Your IP

Setting Yearly Goals

Completing Customer Discovery

Building a Sales Funnel

How to Find and Sign First Customer

Running a Fundraising Process

Hiring and Retaining Employees

Entrepreneurial Mindset

How to Create Your Prototype

Toll Manufacturing/Finding the Right Toll Manufacturer

Negotiating A License Deal With a Large Corporation

Pros and Cons of Having a Strategic Investor

Market Research

Management Structure

Funding Pitch

Entrepreneurial Mindset

Building an Advisory Board