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COVID-19 and Startup Shell
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COVID-19 and Startup Shell

As entrepreneurs, we are forward-thinkers. If circumstances allow it, make sure to take this time as an opportunity to create. It's in times like these in which innovation and creativity is needed the most.

In the midst of these unprecedented circumstances, we want to ensure that we provide you with the clarity needed to move forward. Opposed to being discouraged by the uncertainty surrounding us, we are determined to make due with the resources that we have in order to continue the cultivation of our community. We know it can get depressing. Don't hesitate to reach out.

Are you working on a project to help with the COVID-19 pandemic, or would like to volunteer? CLICK HERE We'll help you get connected.

Digitizing Shell

First off, to better keep everyone informed, we would like to introduce the Startup Shell News site, dedicated to sharing events, community updates, and showcasing amazing things Shellers have been building. Weekly and monthly newsletters will not only be available in your inbox, but also accessible there. Moving forward, the following are the primary resources available for Shell members and anyone interested in getting involved with the Shell community.

Resource Description
Slack Communicate with Shellers, receive immediate updates, and meet new people
Resources All of Shell's digital resources. Must be a Startup Shell member to access
News All news out of community
Terrapin Innovation Network Find events, maker-spaces, talent, communities, and much more, all in one place.

What about events? The Space?

The Startup Shell Co-working Space will be closed from March 25, 2020 until at least April 10, 2020.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The Director Team is always easily accessible via email, or on Slack.

We plan on live streaming many of the events that would normally be held in person. Expect more information on the specific upcoming events in the next week as we iron out the details.

If your have any suggestions for events, or any ways you would like to contribute to the community, email us at [email protected].

Keep Building

Hopefully, this will provide you with the inspiration needed to keep building, even in times like these. As entrepreneurs, we are forward-thinkers. If circumstances allow it, make sure to take this time as an opportunity to create. It's in times like these in which innovation and creativity is needed the most. Whether its impact is personal, local, or global, keep at it. There's no time like now.

Community Responses

Many entrepreneurship communities across campus means many COVID statements, filled with resources you should utilize. We have compiled the ones we've received below.


"As you continue to pivot to address the changing landscape, please know that various resources are coming online from multiple venues to assist you.  This message highlights just a few for your consideration."

Dingman Center

"Below are some resources and recommendations from the Dingman Center on how to make the most of this opportunity for productivity and creativity. We’ll continue to update this post with more resources as we find and share them."

Resources and Events

Resources in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic | University of Maryland Innovation Gateway
With the outbreak of this novel coronavirus, many enterprises, organizations, institutions, communities, and people have been negatively impacted. This page contains a list of resources that are dedicated to providing support during this ongoing crisis.
Maryland Smith is offering a free series of webinars for alumni and friends as part of the Smith Lifelong program. In this series, we will connect you to faculty experts on supply chain, financial risk management, and global economic insights who will set context, highlight implications, and discuss…

New Batch

Lastly, we would like to congratulate and thank Shell's new Spring 2020 batch 🎉🎉 It's unfortunate this is your first semester as Shellers, but as now life-long members, we can't wait to see what you build. If you're interested in learning more about our new batch, stay tuned for updates here.

COVID-19 Project Fund

This fund goes directly to new or established projects helping with the COVID-19 crisis that need help, and Startup Shell ventures hit hard from the crisis.

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