Elana Fine

Elana Fine was appointed Managing Director of the Dingman Center in July 2012, after joining the team in 2010 as Director of Venture Investments. As Managing Director, Elana’s primary focus is leading the Dingman Center in support of its mission and strategic plan. Key responsibilities include oversight of our student venture incubator, Dingman Center Angels investor network, business competitions, and technology commercialization efforts. Elana also develops and maintains relationships with donors, board members, EIRs, the Smith School community and other campus and regional partners. She is also serving as co-chair of the Dean’s Task Force on Entrepreneurship and Innovation and will be working with our Academic Director to expand the Dingman Center’s research activities and curriculum development. Prior to joining the Dingman team, Elana was an Associate and a Vice-President at the Boston office of Revolution Partners, a national middle market investment bank specializing in mergers and acquisitions and private capital advisory for the technology industry. While at Revolution Partners, Elana advised on a variety of transactions ranging between $5 million and $100 million, including venture investments for both early and late stage private companies, sell side and buy side acquisitions and fairness opinions. Elana worked with companies in a number of industries, such as enterprise & infrastructure software, technology services and digital media. Elana also served as Revolution Partner’s Chief Financial Officer from 2003-2006, and administered the firm’s internal controls and its budget as it grew to $10 million annually. From 1997-2000, Elana was a consultant with Accenture, where she implemented technology solutions for clients in the financial services, government and natural resources industries. Elana earned an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business in 2002, and earned a BS in Finance, magna cum laude, from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1997. Elana resides in Potomac, Maryland, with her husband and two children. The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland.  The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship is a top-tier entrepreneurial institute recognized around the world as a leader in enterprise creation. The Dingman Center is continuously pushing the boundaries of teaching and learning with its focus on practical entrepreneurship, global innovation and international classroom experiences. The Center promotes opportunities that provide maximum resources to start-up businesses in terms of ideation, execution and financing; and that support its mission to take entrepreneurs “from the back of a napkin to the first $1 million in financing.” 

2017 Contact

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Bethesda North Conference
Center & Marriott Hotel
5901 Marinelli Road
North Bethesda, MD 20852 USA