The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) has resumed on-campus operations, with some modifications for the fall semester. In a continued effort to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff, COVID-19 vaccines are required for anyone returning for in-person activities this fall, unless an exception has been granted. Face masks are required in indoor public spaces on campus. For additional details on public health protocols, please visit the USG Onward web page.


Welcome to the Lab for Entrepreneurship and Transformative Leadership.

Our lab seeks to provide resources and mentorship to students, empower local entrepreneurs, and support emerging startups in Montgomery County. In doing so, we aim to provide resources to those interested using our platform such as:

  • Amplifying Speakers: We will invite experienced professionals to our lab in order to understand and implement entrepreneurial practices.
  • Hosting Classes and Labs: We will teach classes and labs that help students gain real-world experience like starting a business.
  • Conducting Hackathons: We will challenge student groups to compete and present their start-ups and ideas to convince the board to invest in their product.
  • Providing Mentorship: We will foster relationships with experienced mentors in order to aid with student’s development in their careers and future endeavors.

We are excited to build a passionate community that values entrepreneurship and transformative leadership and to create opportunities for entrepreneurs to shape their ideas into a reality.

Office Hours

Have an idea or want to talk business?

Our program director, Professor Steren, will be holding office hours every Tuesday from 3PM - 5PM to discuss business ideas. Ventures at any stage are welcome. Walk-ins are welcome but we encourage you to pre-register to save a time slot. 

Our Focus

Entrepreneurial Learning

  • Workshops, Lectures, Classes

Emerging Startups

  • Community Resources, Mentorship, Training

IDEA430: Creating Your Own Venture

Spring 2022, Fridays 11:00am-12:30pm, USG

  • Develop a business idea in teams of 3-4 students.
  • Receive guidance from an experienced entrepreneur mentor.
  • Compete in a Shark Tank style competition for cash funding.
  • No entrepreneurship or business experience required!
  • Open to all students. Email with your UID to request permission to register.
Upcoming Events
Our Team


Marc Steren

Program Director


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Katherine Zmoda

Program Manager


Student Interns

Tchuissi Nyamsi

Through Marc’s teachings, in just 2 short months we were able to learn and implement key foundational principles that directly impacted our product market fit and go to market strategies which led to the successful launch and scale of Kitu life Super Coffee.
Jordan DeCicco, Founder & COO