At the University of Maryland, we turn imagination into inspiration. Our students and faculty think boldly, choose creativity and imagine the unimaginable—all in the pursuit of developing the next innovative technology, business or invention. We give them the opportunities, facilities and expertise to make their FEARLESS IDEAS come to life. Our 30 Days of Entrepreneurship celebrates their ambitions and their achievements with a showcase of special events, lectures and contests:


Startup Shell Expo

April 28 / 387 Technology Drive, Suite 1100, College Park

UMD student startups showcase their ventures for the community and potential investors.

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Startup Shell Expo

April 28 / 387 Technology Drive, Suite 1100, College Park

UMD student startups showcase their ventures for the community and potential investors.

CIBER Emerging Markets Forum

April 29 / Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, D.C.

Experts and diplomats discuss the promise and perils of doing business in India, an emerging economic powerhouse.

Smith Entrepreneurship Research Conference

April 28–30 / Van Munching Hall

Entrepreneurship researchers from around the world gather to exchange ideas.

Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference

April 29 / Adele H. Stamp Student Union

Faculty, teaching assistants and instructional support professionals discuss innovative methods to raise the bar on student engagement.

FISH Bowl: Tech Entrepreneurship Showcase and Competition

April 30 / Computer Science Instructional Center

Students pitch their tech startup ideas at a fun, dynamic “Shark Tank”-style competition.

Maryland Day

April 30 / 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

The university showcases creativity and innovation at its annual open house, packed with more than 400 events and exhibits.

Rudy Awards

May 5 (Invitation Only) / Van Munching Hall

The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship celebrates its student and alumni entrepreneurs, as well as partners and mentors.

Celebration of Innovation & Partnerships

May 9 (Invitation Only) / University House

UMD honors the most innovative technologies developed by university faculty and students.

Dingman Fridays

2518 Van Munching Hall / 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Students pitch their ideas for new business ventures to successful entrepreneurs, who offer advice on strategy, testing, funding and more.

"Terp Talks" Fearless Thinking Showcase

March 31 / 6 p.m. / Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center

This is a TED Talk-style speaking showcase by students, for students.

Public Health Research@Maryland

April 5 / 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. / Adele H. Stamp Student Union

Experts talk about recent advances in public health, ongoing research opportunities and potential for new collaborations between UMD and other academic, community, state and federal partners.

Whiting-Turner Business & Entrepreneurial Lecture

April 5 / 4:30 p.m. reception, 5 p.m. program / Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building

Matt Desche, CEO of Iridium Communications, the operator of the world’s largest satellite communications system, will speak.

Cupid’s Cup

April 7 / 4–6 p.m. / Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

A business competition chaired by Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank ’96 features top student entrepreneurs chasing a $100K prize.

Chesapeake Robotics Competition

April 7–9 / Xfinity Center

Robots designed and built by high school teams face off in a game that changes every year.

Bitcamp Hackathon

April 8–10 / Reckord Armory

A 36-hour creative coding marathon challenges hundreds of teams from across the country to turn an idea into a product.

Do Good Challenge Finals

April 19 / Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center

Terps compete over eight weeks to make the greatest social impact for their favorite cause, culminating with presentations before high-profile judges with $20,000 in prize money on the line.

A Celebration of a Decade in Bioengineering

April 19 / 4:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. / Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building

The Fischell Department of Bioengineering celebrates its tenth anniversary with a research showcase featuring alumni, faculty, students, and industry representatives.

Fearless Teams: Enterprising in Sports, Service and Business

April 20 / 5 – 6:30 p.m. / Ritchie Coliseum

Join the Baltimore Ravens Head Coach, John Harbaugh and Rear Admiral Tom Lynch (USN, Ret.), who commanded the Navy Battle Group in Operation Desert Shield, to find out what it takes to lead a team to success. They’ll talk about being a team member, team identity, and team leadership. Free and open to the public. Registration required.

D.C. Student Entrepreneur Meetup

April 20 / 1776 D.C. / 1133 15th St. NW

UMD partners with American, Georgetown, George Washington and Howard universities to host a regional meetup for student entrepreneurs.

UnShelled: Startup Career & Internship Fair

April 21 / Noon–4 p.m. / Adele H. Stamp Student Union

Students meet and network with startups for opportunities to work on innovative new ideas and products.



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