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EIP’s mission is to foster an entrepreneurial spirit, create a sense of community and cooperation, and develop innovative and ethical leaders.
First and foremost, students receive exposure to entrepreneurial concepts from the outset of their university careers. This helps them approach their given fields with a creative and practical, solutions-oriented perspective they can apply in their upper-division courses and summer internships. Students learn valuable lessons about entrepreneurship and innovation that they can utilize throughout their careers and in their own enterprises. Early coursework focuses on critical thinking skills, opportunity identification and assessment, and development of creative, sustainable solutions.
We believe that entrepreneurship is an excellent means for self-expression and self-actualization. Many deliverables for the first EIP course are self-reflective, covering personal experiences related to leadership self-assessment, developing goals for their entrepreneurial aspirations, and defining requirements to achieve these goals.
Students in EIP receive a tremendous level of encouragement and support in pursuing both their academic careers and their entrepreneurial aspirations. EIP staff provides guidance to students regarding their program activities, their careers, and their entrepreneurial pursuits. Mtech and Dingman staff, such as the directors of campus incubators, advise on venture activity, including legal services. Honors College advisors provide guidance to students about their broad academic careers. Departmental academic advisors provide specific guidance within the students’ fields of study. Both EIP and Honors College advisor offices are located in the EIP residence hall to promote convenient and frequent interaction. Courses also include guest speakers such as alumni entrepreneurs and professional experts in specific fields.
EIP provides co-curricular activities to promote students’ personal, professional and venture development. These include networking events, resume and interviewing workshops, and “start-up subgroup” meetings -- guided group discussion sessions where students come together to share and further develop their ideas. Students also may participate in monthly “Entrepreneur Office Hour” sessions with regional expert advisors.
Students may qualify for seed funding grants of up to $10,000 per venture. There are also an increasing number of sources of funding available elsewhere on campus, and EIP supports students in seeking outside venture funding.
EIP is also designed to support students after they graduate from the Program and the university. We have developed an online student monitoring and contact database called EIP Connect, to keep a history of each student’s activities and mentoring experiences. This online service is meant to facilitate communications and networking activities between the program and its alumni, as well as among the students and graduates themselves.
EIP students are winning competitions, receiving prestigious awards, and leading activities and groups across campus and beyond.
Since 2010, EIP students have applied what they have learned in EIP and at UMD and expanded their learning through a wide variety of internships, research, study abroad, on-campus activities and launching new ventures.
Participation in EIP helps to position students well for amazing internships during their college years. Here is a list of just some of our students' internships.