Interested in Entrepreneurship? Check out things you can do this semester!

The Lab for Entrepreneurship and Transformative Leadership seeks to provide resources and mentorship to students, empower local entrepreneurs, and support emerging startups in the DMV. The Lab has planned [virtual] events ranging from speaker events to hackathons in the Fall semester. Here is a sampling:

Speaker:  Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 3PM featuring Jordan DeCicco, Kitu Super Co and Shark Tank Entrepreneur, RSVP HERE.

Hackathon: Our first hackathon is a Retail Hackathon Event with the winning student team receiving  $3,500. Please email Director Marc Steren, at for more information.

Virtual Office Hours: Have an idea or want to talk business?  Drop into our virtual office every Wednesday from 3-4PM to discuss your Hackathon or business ideas.

Lab’s Innovator Program:  Want to become a Lab Innovator to add to your resume?  email for more information.

Mentorship: Receive mentorship from this amazing Entrepreneurs in Residence

Classes: A class is coming this Spring on how to launch your own startup using design thinking and lean methodology.

Visit our webpage for more information on program and events.

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About the Director, Marc Steren:

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Prior to joining the Universities at Shady Grove, Marc served Georgetown University as the co-director of its Summer Launch Incubator, as an adjunct professor and Entrepreneur in Residence. His students have gone on to present their business proposals on ABC’s Shark Tank and Tech Stars of London, participated in the Chobani Incubator and Halycon Social Incubator, won Leonsis Prizes and Georgetown’s Entrepreneur of the Year competition. Entrepreneurs participating on his incubator teams have received venture capital and are valued at over $200 million, combined. Marc has also been an adjunct professor for the Horn Entrepreneurship program at the University of Delaware. He is currently an adjunct professor for the University of Maryland’s Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.  In addition, he has been a guest speaker at Johns Hopkins University, American University and various conferences.

Marc was also the founding Director of Entrepreneurship at the Bullis School, where he earned the National Federation of Independent Business’s National Educator of the Year award and was the winner of the David S. Stone for Teaching Excellence. He is the co-founder of University Startups for Social Entrepreneurship, a program dedicated to teaching students about social entrepreneurship. Marc has a B.A from Johns Hopkins University, a J.D from University of Pennsylvania Law School and pre-admission for a Masters in Management at the Harvard University Extension School.

In business, Marc founded multiple companies and received investments from celebrity investors and venture capitalists.  He sold his latest company in 2012 and since then has dedicated his time to teaching entrepreneurship. Marc has been featured in the Huffington PostThe Washington Post, and Washingtonian Magazine and was recognized as an Entrepreneur Expert by Georgetown University, named to Young CEOs of Washington, DC and Mindshare (an invite-only group for entrepreneurs). He currently coaches local entrepreneurs and has consulted for an NGO.  

He is the author of two books; The Student’s Guide to Entrepreneurship and Stories from Connie.  His third book, School Culture Fit will be out in December 2020.

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