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Startup 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 most workshops will be conducted virtually, however some will be offered in a hybrid format with up to 6 people able to attend in person. Please see schedule for more details. 

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MAY 2022

 

The Story of Trade Secrets: the Law and Famous Cases

This discussion will provide an overview of trade secret rights, famous cases, and answering questions about those rights, e.g., what can I protect? Should I patent? What do I need to do to keep my secrets secret? Trade secrets are both State and Federal. Both systems are designed to provide protections for diverse secrets, e.g., customer lists, chemical formals, and ingredients of Coca Cola. The program will explore the various trade secret rights, as well as the vocabulary to use in discussing these rights.

When: Wednesday, May 4, 12:00-1:00 PM REGISTER

Presenter: : Raymond Van Dyke, Technology and Intellectual Property Attorney, Patent Practitioner, Van Dyke Intellectual Property Law

 

Startup Funding for UMD Faculty and Graduate Students

The University of Maryland offers access to over $600K in funding to startups founded to commercialize University innovations. Find out details about funding programs to validate technology, form your startup, enhance R&D and other. We will also discuss some startup opportunities available to any state of Maryland-based startups, or University System of Maryland affiliated startups.

When: Thursday, May 12, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM  REGISTER

Presenter: Alla McCoy, Director, Startup Support at UM Ventures, University of Maryland

 

Demystifying SBIR Grant Applications: Part 1

SBIR grants are one of the best ways to finance early product development, since they provide a substantial funding without taking away equity or cash from the startup. Join an SBA certified SBIR trainer for an overview of SBIR/STTR program. In Part 1 we will discuss application process, including eligibility, collaboration/subcontract with university, role of I-Corps program, commercialization plan requirements, and other topics.

When: Tuesday, May 17, 10:00-11:00 AM REGISTER

Presenter: Yanfeng Wang, Director, Business Development @Stanford University; SBA certified SBIR trainer

 

Demystifying SBIR Grant Applications: Part 2

SBIR grants are one of the best ways to finance early product development, since they provide a substantial funding without taking away equity or cash from the startup. Join us for an overview of SBIR/STTR program. In Part 2 we will discuss detailed overview of SBIR funding agencies, their specific processes, with an emphasis on NSF, NIH, DoE, and NASA.

When: Wednesday, May 18, 10:00-11:00 AM REGISTER

Presenter: Yanfeng Wang, Director, Business Development @Stanford University; SBA certified SBIR trainer

 

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

How do small nimble companies displace large impeding gorillas? What's the difference between a leader and a manager? Managers create process, managers thrive in top down management styles. Leaders empower their teams to act independently, Leaders create a culture of highly-motivated, high-performance teams that can unseat and defeat Goliath. It's how during the battle of Thermopylae, 300 Spartans (actually more like 7,000) held off over 150,000 Persians for 3 days and eventually leading to the defeat of a superior Persian force at the battle of Marathon.

When: Monday, May 23, 12:00-1:00 PM  REGISTER

Presenter: Glen Hellman, Founder, Coach Interim CxO @Cxo Elevate; I-Corps Instructor at University of Maryland

 

Navigating Conflicts of Interest at UMD: Keeping Your Research Above Question and Your Career on Track

Conflicts of interest (COI) are quite common in a university environment, most do not stem from any wrong-doing or inappropriate actions and can and should be managed due to the fact that COI have the potential to threaten the integrity of the university’s research, scholarship, instruction, and administrative functions. Knowledge and disclosure are key elements to ensure research integrity. Please join a workshop led by the University of Maryland’s Conflict of Interest Committee Chair and members to learn about what constitutes COI, how and when to disclose potential COI, and the importance of following a COI management plan to ensure research integrity. Topics covered will include: university policy, what/when/how to disclose, managing potential conflicts, handling tricky situations, resources at UMD. The goal of the workshop is to provide researchers the knowledge and awareness to help keep their research results above question and keep their careers on track.

When: Tuesday, May 24, 12:00-1:30 PM REGISTER

Presenters:  COI Committee at UMD:  

Patrick G. O'Shea, PhD; Professor, ECE, IREAP; Chair, Conflict of Interest Committee @University of Maryland

Beth Brittan-Powell, PhD; Director, Research Compliance Initiatives @University of Maryland

Felicia Metz, JD; Associate Director, UM Ventures @University of Maryland

 

 Watch videos of previous workshops on our YouTube channel.

Watch videos of previous workshops on our YouTube channel.