Loyola University Maryland is committed to supporting and growing a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem for our school and our city. The new Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CI&E) is collaborating with other leading Baltimore institutions to increase access to capital and seed the creation of goods, services, and ideas with commercial value to generate wealth in underserved neighborhoods.
The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship elevates and enhances the existing innovation ecosystem at Loyola. It supports student innovators and other internal constituents, and also build bridges externally, to provide student and faculty expertise and other resources to local Baltimore community members to start, scale, and grow their own businesses and social ventures.
The Center – under the leadership of a director and entrepreneur-in-residence – is comprised of internal and external components working in synergy to produce innovations that have positive social and economic impacts on the University and the neighborhoods it seeks to stimulate. The four components are:
- Baltipreneurs Institute organizes and systematizes knowledge and networks for underserved entrepreneurs in Baltimore.
- Innovation Station and Lange Innovation Lounge are are resources for rapid prototyping and testing that encourages and facilitate interdisciplinary and creative projects among students and faculty.
- The Academic Minor is an interdisciplinary specialization that brings together courses from eleven departments across the University to allow students to learn social entrepreneurship, creative entrepreneurship, and tech ventures in the sciences or engineering.
- The Loyola Innovation Accelerator will invest in and develop a cohort of entrepreneurs who will represent a mix of community and Loyola-led ventures. In the Accelerator, the Center will provide mentorship, training, networking opportunities, education, and funding through a competitive selection process.