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StartupUMD Business Fundamentals Workshops

What: A series of hands-on workshops developed collaboratively by UM Ventures, Mtech, and Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship specifically for UMD faculty and graduate students to teach business concepts and skills, startup resources and how to take advantage of them, legal issues surrounding startups and many other practical know-how. 

Place: Due to COVID-19 restrictions all workshops will be conducted virtually. 



Customer Discovery through I-Corps Program

You have an invention! Now what? Learn how to conduct customer discovery to find out who could potentially use your innovation, how would they use it, how would they buy it (and would they?), how much would they pay for it, how can it be produced/distributed and many other important questions before you make a decision to invest time and money into a startup. University of Maryland and NSF offer longer programs (and some come with funding) to conduct customer discovery on a deeper level, these programs will also be discussed during this workshop.

Instructor: Dan Kunitz, Director of Venture Strategy and Development

When: June 9, 2020 10:30 am - 11:30 pm, REGISTER


National Academy of Invetors presents:
Multiple Paths to Success: Case Studies in Innovation

University spin-off companies are uniquely positioned to tackle the risks associated with new technologies emerging from academia. This panel will share different approaches, perspectives, and lessons learned from leaders of successful university spinoffs. Webinar will be recorded.

Presenter: Julie Lenzer, Chief Innovation Officer, University of Maryland

When: June 11, 3:00-4:00 PM REGISTER


Disruption Poetry: Creating Momentum for Change

Innovation is hard. Disruption is harder. Large, successful businesses achieved their success through superior execution in well-understood markets. Everyone agrees that their companies must be “innovative”, but what does that mean? Executives have long used the term "innovation" to justify everything from open seating floor plans to idea competitions that lead to nowhere.

The question should be “How do we deal with uncertainty?” It might be the uncertainty of new revenue sources in the future or it could be, “how do we manage our supply chain during a global pandemic?"

Lean Innovation principles can help by disrupting how we address uncertainty through a combination of Design Thinking, Lean Startup, and Agile practices.

In this session, Brant Cooper, NYT Best Seller, and CEO of Moves The Needle, will break down the 5Es of Disruption Poetry: Empathy, Experiments, Evidence, Execution, and Ethics — and how they prepare our company to deal with uncertainty.

Presenter: Brant Cooper, CEO of Moves the Needle

When: June 10, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, REGISTER

Copyrights 101

Got a painting, wrote a novel or code, carved a statue? The U.S. copyright system is designed to provide all types of creators with mechanisms to file for formal protection of their form of expression, whether a book, a play, a sculpture, computer code, or other work of creation. Copyrights last a long time and infringement or stealing of work can have a steep cost. This webinar will address the various forms of copyright exclusive rights and what they mean, and discuss the evolving concept of fair use - its uses and limits. Interesting court cases involving Penn & Teller, Prince, Beyoncé, and others will colorfully illustrate the principles.

Presenter, Raymond Van Dyke, Van Dyke Intellectual Property Law

When: June 17, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, REGISTER

Business Research Databases at UMD:  How and Where

Trying to figure out the size of your market, competition, industry analysis can be a daunting task. The University of Maryland Libraries offers free subscriptions to many databases on broad business topics, such as industry reports, company information, demographics and statistics, marketing, finance and investment, and many others. Lily Griner, a long time Business Librarian, will teach how to access and use these resources. 

Presenter: Lily Griner, UMD Libraries 

When: June 18, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, REGISTER

Design a Quick Scaling Business using Business Model Canvas

Business Model Canvas can be a great tool to brainstorm, experiment, and develop a business model designed for quick growth and scaleability. Join serial entrepreneur Harry Geller to learn about various business models, and how to use this tool to design one that fits your vision.

Presenter: Harry Geller, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, OTC

When: June 23, 10:00 am - 11:00 am,  REGISTER

Startup Guide for Faculty/Researchers at UMD

The University of Maryland and the State of Maryland have an abundance of resources for aspiring entrepreneurs. This workshop will provide an overview of the resources and programs, and a suggested path to navigate them in the most efficient way. The workshop is designed specifically for faculty and graduate student startups based on university innovations.

Presenter: Alla McCoy, Director, Startup Support
When: June 24, 7:00 pm- 8:00 pm,  REGISTER


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