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Quick Reference Guide to UMD's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosytem

Key Players in UMD I&E Ecosystem and their Key Programs, Key Audiences, # Team Members, Websites, etc.

Division Level:
Office of the Chief Innovation Officer (VPR/President) For Students For Faculty/Researchers/External
Dean Chang, Interim Chief Innovation Officer
Student Founders Guide Faculty/Grad Startup Guide
Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Provost/AIT) For Students For Faculty/Researchers/External
Erica Estrada-Liou, Interim Executive Director All 31,000 undergraduate and all 10,000 graduate students with focus on developing creativity and innovation mindsets and skills
  • - undergrad IDEA courses
  • - graduate innovation fellows (GIFs) and staff fellows
  • - undergrad STICS courses
  • - Carillon Communities LLP
  • - gened & required courses thru college partnerships
Any faculty member teaching project-based, team-based courses; any unit re-imagining how they work
  • - international innovation workshop for higher ed
  • - design thinking and lean startup workshops and coaching to re-imagine teaching & work @ UMD
Southern Management Leadership Program (SMLP) (Provost/UGST) For Students For Faculty/Researchers/External
Sara Herald, Executive MC/PGCC transfer students
    - $750,000 in scholarships annually for ~100 students
  • - earn MTECH minor in technology e-ship
College Level:
Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) (Engineering) For Students For Faculty/Researchers/External
Bill Bentley, Executive Director
  • - Fischell Distinguished Professor
  • - Director, Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices

Dan Kunitz, Co-PI, Executive Director, NSF I-Corps Hub
Select entrepreneurial students of all majors Select entrepreneurial faculty/researchers w/ tech-based ventures
Dingman Center (Business) For Students For Faculty/Researchers/External
Brent Goldfarb, Academic Director Select entrepreneurial students of all majors Smith entrepreneurship faculty from the Management and Organization dept as well as from the Smith I&E minor
Do Good Institute (Public Policy) For Students For Faculty/Researchers/External
Bob Grimm, Do Good Institute Director
  • - Professor of the Practice
  • - Levenson Chair Nonprofit Leadership Philanthropy
Undergrad and grad students interested in philanthropy, non- profit leadership, social innovation Faculty from all schools / colleges interested in:
  • - teaching Do Good courses and academic partnerships
  • - advising Do Good teams or curating resources for their student leaders
  • - Research on philanthropy, nonprofits and social innovation
Center for Social Value Creation (Business) For Students For Faculty/Researchers/External
Nima Farshchi, Director Select Smith undergraduate and MBA students: Select Smith faculty interested in social innovation:
  • - Course instructors
  • - Mentors for Research Impact Fellow
Department Level
Hatchery (Computer Science) For Students For Faculty/Researchers/External
Maria Johnson, Program Director
  • Director of Corporate Partnership Development, Computer Science
Admitted entrepreneurial teams of students working on a tech startup
    4 teams selected in 2021
  • - $10,000 funding per team
  • - incubator space @ Iribe
  • - mentoring & networking with Moktarzada brothers
Student Clubs
Startup Shell For Students For Faculty/Researchers/External
Nabeela Ibrahim, Anaum Khan
Co-Executive Directors, Undergrad Student Leaders
Admitted entrepreneurial students of all majors working on any startup venture
  • ~100 students annually
  • events, funding, advisors
  • incubator space @ Mtech
IDEA Factory (Mtech/President) For Students For Faculty/Researchers/External
TBD TBD: Lots of opportunities TBD: Lots of opportunities
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