Mission and Vision

The Lab for Entrepreneurship and Transformative Leadership at the Universities at Shady Grove is dedicated to serving Montgomery County, the state of Maryland, and the rest of the DMV region. Whether you're a student, community member, or local entrepreneur with a budding idea or established venture, the lab is here to provide support. 

We provide entrepreneurs access to mentorship, resources, increased visibility, and networking opportunities. We strive to equip entrepreneurs with the essential tools and resources they need to navigate their entrepreneurial endeavors successfully. Transformative Leadership is a key focal point of the lab. We work together with community leaders and partners to cultivate a dynamic environment where aspiring entrepreneurs can innovate, collaborate, and develop the skills necessary to create a meaningful impact in their communities and beyond. Through experiential learning, mentorship, and innovative programming, we equip future leaders with the vision, adaptability, and experiences to create wealth and equity in their communities.

We currently offer the following resources: 

  • The Equity Incubator: Our flagship program for local entrepreneurs to either launch or scale a business. The incubator is an 8-week boot camp and accelerator that culminates in a pitch competition.
  • Student-serving Projects & Programs: We expose students at USG to entrepreneurship, community development, and other topics, and support their goals to venture into these spaces.
  • Community Events & Workshops: We collaborate with community-based organizations and local leaders for various events and workshops catered towards middle, high, and community college students.