The Alumni Association's first industry network is the Terp Entrepreneur Network! TEN is a platform for entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs and seasoned professionals to network, share expertise and enjoy exclusive experiences.
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Register today for the third annual EnTERPreneur Conference! Join fellow Terp entrepreneurs for the opportunity to network and learn from experts across different sectors.

The event also features Under Armour executive chairman and brand chief Kevin Plank ‘96 in conversation with President Darryll J. Pines.

EnTERPreneur Conference
Thursday, June 9, 2022
Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center

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Join the Conversation

Make sure to keep up-to-date with news and events by updating your information in the Alumni Directory, joining the TEN listserv and following us on LinkedIn.

Online Community

As a Terp, you have exclusive access to our online networking platform, Terrapins Connect. Join the community of alumni Entrepreneurs all over the world who are seeking connections with other Terp entrepreneurs. Learn more.

Campus Resources

The University of Maryland is one of the leading universities for innovation and entrepreneurship. Many of the resources are available to alumni to help you achieve your startup goals. Learn more.

Get Informed

  • TENx UMD EnTERPreneur Talks - Learn about enTERPreneurs' stories, their experiences launching their ventures and their advice for current and future founders.
  • Dingman Bootstrapped - Hear from founders, investors and serial entrepreneurs on the Dingman Center’s podcast, Bootstrapped.
  • Dingman Center Newsletter - Subscribe to “The Pitch” to read about the latest news and events happening in the DC, Maryland and Virginia startup world.
  • Dingman Fridays - Advising sessions are offered to all UMD alumni to get feedback on your business ideas.
  • Entrepreneurship Education for Anyone - Non-credit, open enrollment UMD courses and certificates are offered online through Coursera.
  • MTech Startup Hours - Free, open entrepreneur office hours for UMD students, faculty and staff, and regional entrepreneurs with bio or tech-based startups or ideas.
  • Online Master of Professional Studies in Technology Entrepreneurship - This 100% online program educates and empowers graduate students to launch and lead innovative startups and corporate ventures.
  • Startup UMD Business Fundamentals Workshop Series - A series of hands-on workshops to teach business concepts and skills, startup resources and how to take advantage of them, legal issues surrounding startups, and many other practice know-how.
  • Webinar Recordings - The alumni association has a robust portfolio of recorded webinars to help you achieve your professional goals. Check out the archive list here.

Get Invested

Get Connected

  • Terp Referral Exchange Business Directory - This searchable online directory features businesses of all kinds - event planners, health and wellness coaches, website designers and more. Users can discover and patronize Terp-led businesses and continue to tradition of Terps supporting Terps.
  • MTech Ventures - Offering entrepreneurs flexible, affordable space, lean startup training, introductions to industry experts and investors, and access to UMD resources.
  • Hire a Terp - Need to find Terp talent? The best place to go is Careers4Terps for general positions, or target students and alumni from Engineering and Business through their individual sites.
  • Terrapin Works - Rapid prototyping and digital design for the UMD community.
  • Work with faculty - There are many needs for alumni entrepreneurs to partner with UMD faculty researchers. Please fill out the Office of Technology Commercialization intake form to express interest.
  • Local and National Resources - The Dingman Center has compiled a list of external groups that alumni entrepreneurs might find helpful in their pursuit of Fearless Ideas.

The Founding Members of the TEN

These fearless enTERPreneurs paved the way for the founding of the Terp Entrepreneur Network. Through virtual and in-person events, an online community and most notably the inaugural EnTERPreneur Conference, this group of volunteers ignited the impressive and ever-growing community of Terp professionals and entrepreneurs. The Alumni Association thanks the following alumni for all of the work in creating the Terp Entrepreneur Network.

Meet the Founding Members ►

Nikhil Balakumar
Nikhil Balakumar '14

Nick Kurgansky
Nick Kurgansky '13

Mark Lawrence
Mark Lawrence '02

Ben Offit
Ben Offit '09

Shelby Hampton-Watson
Kisha Hemphill Powell '97

Justin Silbert
Justin Silbert '03


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