July 6, 2015
The University of Maryland is part of the reason that Maryland, as a state, is producing some really innovative entrepreneurial talent. Their student-run incubator and co-working space Startup Shell (shell, because the UMD mascot is the Terrapin -very clever, guys), which opened in 2012, is home to a lot of really interesting student-led projects. Most of the startups focus on students’ issues or problems related to fields that students are studying.
UMD even caught the attention of Uber this spring. The goliath car sharing startup has recently invested $25,000 in the Startup Shell and will be collaborating with the university in other ways yet to be seen.
“Partnering with Uber furthers our mission to position the University of Maryland as a leading public research institution, equipping students with top-notch entrepreneurial skills and opportunities,” said Ken Ulman, UMd strategist for economic development, in a statement. “We are thrilled that Uber recognizes the opportunity to solve challenges in College Park and to engage our highly motivated students in the process of moving our innovation economy forward.”
Among the startups housed at Startup Shell, is Mooki, a professional social network for students and companies looking for new talent. Mooki’s platform also hosts virtual competitions where students can showcase their talent and hiring companies can see what students are doing. Mooki was recently one of the winners at Tech.Co’s Startup of the Year regional semi-finals in Baltimore.
DCInno posted an article about eight startups to watch out for, coming out of Startup Shell. They included Bgoti, a design startup for other startups that has the goal of “merging art, design & technology to produce stimulating environments,” and M3D a company that developed an affordable 3D printer and had one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns of 2014.
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