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30 Days of EnTERPreneurship Showcases Innovation at UMD

April 2, 2015

Kristen Seabolt 301-405-4621

Terps celebrate fearless ideas through a series of events and competitions  

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland has kicked off its fourth annual 30 Days of EnTERPreneurship, a month-long celebration of the university's fearless ideas and innovations showcased through a series of events and competitions that ignite the entrepreneurial spirit of the campus community.

"The University of Maryland has long been a pioneer in entrepreneurship and a leader in research and academic innovation,” said Dean Chang, UMD’s associate vice president for innovation and entrepreneurship. “In recent years, the university has put even greater, campus-wide emphasis on preparing faculty, students and staff to tackle the world’s toughest problems through innovation and entrepreneurship. Our ’30 Days of EnTERPreneurship' highlights and celebrates that commitment across all schools.” 

Throughout 30 Days of EnTERPreneurship, departments, colleges, faculty and students across campus will host dozens of business, arts, health, science and community events and competitions. 

On April 9, the third annual Public Health Research@Maryland will bring experts from the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, together at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union to showcase research on how climate change and healthcare reform are impacting population health. 

Later in the month, Under Armour Founder and CEO Kevin Plank '96, will partner with UMD to host the 10th annual Cupid's Cup on April 22 at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. This worldwide business competition awards honors the top student entrepreneurs with $115,000 in total cash prizes. This year’s panel of judges includes Daymond John, founder & CEO of FUBU; Karen Katz, CEO of Neiman Marcus; Mike Lee, Co-Founder & CEO of MyFitnessPal; and Ted Leonsis, CEO of Monumental Sports and Entertainment. 

30 Days of EnTERPreneurship continues on April 25 with Maryland Day, the university's campus-wide celebration of innovation, creativity and academic excellence. The 17th annual open house attracts more than 100,000 alumni, students and community members to more than 400 family-friendly events and exhibits that teach and inspire future innovators.

Nearing the end of the month on April 28, UMD students will compete to make the greatest social impact for their favorite cause at the fourth annual Do Good Challenge Finals at the Samuel Riggs Alumni Center. Finalists earn up to $5,000, as well as other prizes, such as in-kind consulting, to further advance their cause and its mission.

30 Days of EnTERPreneurship also includes:

Chesapeake Regional FIRST Robotics Competition: Robots designed and built by high school teams face off in a game that changes every year. (April 2-4, Xfinity Center)

Unshelled: Startup Career & Internship Fair: Students seeking an entrepreneurial experience or the chance to work for a startup connect with new companies. (April 10, Adele H. Stamp Student Union) 

Bitcamp Hackathon: A 36-hour creative coding marathon challenges hundreds of teams from across the country to turn an idea into a product. (April 10-12, Cole Student Activities Building) 

Whiting-Turner Lecture: John Rogers, co-founder and CEO of Local Motors, shares his experience and insights. (April 23, Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building) 

Makerbot Innovation Center Launch & 3-D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Showcase: The only center of its kind in the region opens with a chance to learn about UMD’s 3-D printing and additive manufacturing capabilities, followed by a showcase by students, faculty and friends. (April 23, Technology Advancement Program Building & Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building)

Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference: The UMD instructional community comes together to learn from one another and to reflect on how to improve student learning on campus. (April 24, Adele H. Stamp Student Union) 

Celebration of Innovation & Partnerships: UMD will honor nine nominees for the most promising new inventions that were selected based on their potential impact on science, society, and the open market. (April 29, University House, INVITE ONLY) 

Networking and Speed Mentoring Night: Alumni entrepreneurs from the Department of Computer Science give advice and feedback on ideas for starting a company and/or working for a startup. (April 29, Computer Science Instructional Center) 

Startup Shell Demo Day: Members of UMD’s student-run incubator present their ventures, demonstrate their products and discuss their progress with fellow members, investors, friends and family. (April 30, Technology Advancement Program Building) 

Baltimore Think-A-Thon: Activists, artists, medical professionals, researchers, lawmakers and more brainstorm how to address the biggest challenges in the city of Baltimore. (April 30, Westminster Hall, Baltimore) 

Recess Music and Ideas Festival: Activists, artists, medical professionals, researchers, lawmakers and move brainstorm how to address the biggest challenges in the city of Baltimore. (May 1, Hornbake Library, Hoff Theater, Xfinity Center) 

F.I.S.H. Bowl Competition: Students with tech startups or great ideas for software, hardware or computer science-related businesses pitch them to judges for feedback and funding in the Fostering Innovation, Success and Humanity Bowl. (May 1, Computer Science Instructional Center)

Innovation Fridays: Students pitch their ideas for a new technology or business to successful entrepreneurs who offer advice on strategy, testing, funding and more at Van Munching Hall. (Every Friday, Van Munching Hall; April 10 & 17, TERPRIDE bus outside Adele H. Stamp Student Union) 

UMD prides itself as a pioneer in educating the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs, ranked as one of the nation's top public schools in the U.S. for entrepreneurship and innovation. In 2014, The Princeton Review & Entrepreneur Magazine ranked UMD No. 9 among public universities and No. 21 overall for its undergraduate entrepreneurship program. 

Visit www.umd.edu/30Days to learn more about these and other special events, as well as innovative and inspiring stories, videos and more. In addition, follow 30 Days of EnTERPreneurship on social with #30DaysUMD