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DraftKings CEO Jason Robbins

DraftKings CEO Jason Robins spoke to a full Mahar auditorium about his startup experience, where he finds mentors, and his advice to young innovators.

Innovation Challenge

At the MinutePitch event in October, more than 50 campus entrepreneurs and innovators participated in the UMass Amherst Innovation Challenge MinutePitch Competition. Thirty-six teams pitched their ideas to a panel of judges, and after three rounds, three teams emerged victorious. The first place prize, and $1,000, went to the Glow, led by Abhishek Dwaraki. Snap-A-Deal won $750 and JamUMass received $500.

Douglas & Diana Berthiaume Gift

"I have seen firsthand how great research, a committed faculty and private partnerships give students a richer learning environment. Diana and I look forward to seeing the impact this new center will have across the university." The Center will be the hub of a campus network of scholars, innovators and entrepreneurs, with a three-fold mission of supporting research, education and practice, all targeted at transforming ideas into business realities.