Startup Shell Launch UMD Campaign Kicks Off Nov. 14

Startup Shell, the University of Maryland's startup incubator and co-working space, officially kicked off its Launch UMD crowdfunding campaign today, Nov. 14, 2014. Startup Shell (“the Shell”) is raising $10,000 for its Innovation Fund to help UMD students who are launching companies. 

Bioengineers from the University of Maryland represent a number of these student ventures poised to benefit from Launch UMD. Stefanie Cohen and Shawn Greenspan, two Master of Engineering students, are building an ultrasound pulse monitor for low flow states.

“The community of the Shell's co-working space is a big reason why we wanted to join the Shell,” says Shawn. “We're excited to see how it grows over the next year, especially with new funds for prototyping resources and equipment.”

Another Shell member, Lily Sooklal, is working to create a rapid diagnostic test for respiratory pathogens. “The Shell's Innovation fund from Launch UMD will help me cover the costs of testing in a certified lab space,” says Lily, a junior bioengineering major. “Right now, the costs of lab fees make it prohibitive for bioengineering students to conduct their own research and build their own products.”

To donate to the Shell, go to and click “Give Now.” 


Published November 14, 2014