Global Entrepreneurship Week

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Entrepreneurship Week

For one week, millions of young people around the world will join a growing movement of entrepreneurial people to generate new ideas and to seek better ways of doing things. Dozens of countries are coming together for the first time to host Global Entrepreneurship Week, an initiative to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity. To think big. To turn their ideas into reality. To make their mark.

The University of Maryland is hosting events during this week to help students and faculty acquire the knowledge, skills, networks and values needed to grow innovative, sustainable enterprises that have a positive impact on their lives and the lives of those around them.

Monday, Nov. 17, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m: E-Week Kickoff!
Info tables in Van Munching Hall, Jeong H. Kim Engineering Bldg., Stamp Student Union Food Court
Talk to leaders of UM entrepreneurship programs, learn about E-Week activities, resources available to you, and how to enter the UM $75K Business Plan Competition.

Monday, Nov. 17, 5 p.m.: Catch a Rising Star: Business Idol Competition at the University of Maryland (register)
Van Munching Hall
Come hear the story of CustomInk and meet co-founder and President Marc Katz. This event is co-sponsored by the Maryland Undergraduate Society of Entrepreneurs (MUSE). Pizza will be served. After you are fed and inspired, pitch your business idea in front of a panel of judges including Marc Katz for our Business Idol Competition.

Tuesday, Nov. 18, noon to 1p.m.: Lunch with Kären Olson CEO, BioMarker Strategies LLC (register)
1103 Bioscience Research Building
Meet BioMarker Strategies CEO Kären Olson and learn about starting a life sciences company. Karen is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship and holds an Executive MBA from Loyola College, a BS in Chemistry and a BS in Medical Technology from California Lutheran University. This talk is part of the College of Chemical and Life Sciences Entrepreneur Office Hours.

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Made at the University of Maryland: Marketplace Showcasing Products by UM Student Entrepreneurs!
Van Munching Hall
Need to do your holiday shopping? The marketplace will feature a variety of products from student-run businesses at University of Maryland.

Wednesday, Nov. 19, noon to 1 p.m.: Get it in Writing: Provisional Patent Writing Workshop (register)
Kim Engineering Building Room 1105
Learn how to protect your intellectual property through provisional patents with Patty Campbell, University of Maryland School of Law Associate Professor and Director of the Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center.

This discussion will focus on how to prepare a detailed invention disclosure that can form the basis of a provisional patent application. Learn questions to frequently asked questions such as:

  • What types of inventions can be patented?
  • Who is an inventor?
  • What does it mean for an invention to be novel and nonobvious?
  • How much detail must be included in an invention disclosure?
  • Must drawings be included with an invention disclosure?
  • When is an invention ready for patenting?

Biography: Patricia E. Campbell is a member of the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore, where she holds the positions of Law School Associate Professor and Director of the Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center. Professor Campbell graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She then received a master’s degree and her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh, and she received her LL.M. in intellectual property law from Santa Clara University School of Law in Santa Clara, California. Before joining the law school, Professor Campbell was a litigator and transactional attorney in the Fish & Neave IP Group of Ropes & Gray LLP in Palo Alto, California, and Washington, D.C.

Thursday, Nov. 20, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Global Entrepreneurship - The View from China (register)
1528 Van Munching Hall
Come and hear fellow students present their findings on doing business in one of the worlds most vital economic powerhouses: China. A group of Smith students recently traveled to the other side of the globe to participate in the Dingman China Business Delegation. Students met with chinese business leaders and aspiring entrepreneurs to learn what business is like in the People's Republic of China. Come, benefit from their experience and hear what they learned.

Thursday, Nov. 20, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Keys to Building a Successful Company, by Phil Gross, first CFO of AOL (register)
1524 Van Munching Hall

Learn the keys to building a successful venture from Phil Gross, AOL's first CFO and current Managing Director of the DC Metro office of Expense Reduction Analysts, Inc.

Friday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pitch Dingman Competition
1520 Van Munching Hall
Students are invited to pitch their ideas to the Dingman Center. Guest judges from industry will award $2,500 and the audience will give a $250 People's Choice Award to their favorite presenter. You must pre-register to present your business idea. Contact Alla Corey at No registration is required to simply attend the competition.

Friday, Nov. 21, noon to 1 p.m.: Ninth Annual University of Maryland $75K Business Plan Competition Kick-Off Lunch-time Speaker and Networking Event (register)
Rooms 1107/1111 Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building
Adil Wali, CEO of Rich Applications Consulting, will give a talk titled "Before the Business Plan: Why Most Ideas Don't Work." Network with potential teammates and learn how to enter the UM $75K Business Plan Competition.

UM E-Week is a university-wide celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week from the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech), a unit of the A. James Clark School of Engineering, and the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. The two are combining their considerable strengths as part of UM-Net, the university's resources supporting campus entrepreneurship, to offer a variety of speakers, programs and activities designed to spark the imagination and fan the spirit of entrepreneurship.

For more information about E-Week, contact the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, at

Global Entrepreneurship Week is a global initiative founded by the Kauffman Foundation in the United States and Make Your Mark in the United Kingdom. More information about Global Entrepreneurship Week:



Sponsored by the University of Maryland Office of Economic Development of the Division of Research

Provisional Patent Writing Workshop Slides
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Download slides from the Entrepreneurship Week Provisional Patent Writing Workshop by Patty Campbell, University of Maryland School of Law Associate Professor and Director of the Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center.

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2008 Introduction

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