Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship

Background: The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship is dedicated to facilitating, supporting, and encouraging new enterprise growth. One of the oldest original entrepreneur centers in the country, the Dingman Center at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, has established itself as a national catalyst for entrepreneurship.

Project Scope: The selected candidate will be part of a Dingman Center group that works to help early stage technology entrepreneurs assess the applicability to their technology to targeted markets. The student will work with MBA students from the Smith School and Dingman Center staff. The student’s inputs will be used to help entrepreneurs with their next step in the commercialization process.

Desired Student Profile: Students with an interest in technology commercialization and a good understanding of telecommunications. Any experience in entrepreneurship, product development is desirable but not necessary.

Student Comment:

“I benefited greatly from the entrepreneurial practicum and it has taken my knowledge a quantum leap forward.  Previous to joining UMCP, the work experience and education in the telecom field provided substantial technical potential involving designing and implementing of telecom networks, but none of the basis business skills. It was a great learning experience where my technical skills found relevance and in turn improved upon my evaluation skills and make appropriate decisions.

Also I'm now familiarized with the key and fundamental business processes such as organizational behavior, economics, strategies and most important knowing the business vocabulary and coordinates thus promoting entrepreneurial skills. The synthesis of all the disciplines is valuable information for me. This course captured the core and the finer points of business analysis and I have learned to contemplate challenges realizing a change in perspective of working to manage with an objective, ensuring commitments, managing relationships and resolving issues. I'm yet to explore the financial aspects and statistical analysis of the business process which I wish to work on it this semester.

I met numerous influential people from industry during various meetings at the Dingman Center , where personnel's shared their real- life business situations, experiences and their struggles. This course has been a perfect blend of information and a step-by-step guide towards entrepreneurship.”- ENTS Student