Loyola University Maryland

Simon Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Transforming lives through innovation and entrepreneurship

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Loyola's Nick and Susie Simon Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship aims to nurture student innovators and make an impact in the Baltimore community through education, hands-on experiences, and creative experimentation. Discover ways you can get involved today.

Student Innovators

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AJ Tolentino, '23

AJ Tolentino, '23, is a business management major and an innovation and entrepreneurship minor. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he began developing Freeneur, an online platform connecting freelancers and entrepreneurs, and continues to research and develop this concept. AJ is also passionate about finance and is gaining experience in the field as an intern at Greenspring Advisors. He aspires to teach others with his own financial consulting and education business.

Abby Decker
Abby Decker, '22

Abby Decker, '22, majored in accounting and information systems and was co-captain of Loyola’s tennis team. She started Agui Swim, an eco-friendly swimwear company, in November 2020 propelled by a desire to create a sustainable business and a community of people supporting and inspiring confidence in one another. Agui Swim was selected for the 2022 Baltipreneurs Accelerator program and continues to grow and expand.

McKenna Moors
McKenna Moors, '22

McKenna Moors, '22, is a marketing major and an innovation and entrepreneurship minor. McKenna's business, McKenna's Kupcakes, is one of eight chosen as part of Loyola's inaugural Baltipreneurs Accelerator Program. She is excited to expand her business into the Baltimore market and is well on her way to becoming a successful entrepreneur.

Franklin Parks
Franklin Parks, '21

Franklin Parks, ’21, is an accounting major who is spending the summer working with a team of fellow student entrepreneurs and Sellinger Scholars to expand the business concept for their education and training platform, Equalyze, which was a finalist for the Building a Better World Through Business pitch competition.

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Course Snapshot

Creativity that leads to change

Design thinking course helps student entrepreneurs bring ideas to life.

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