Loyola University Maryland

Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship


View our 2020 Impact Report

View our 2019 Impact Report

The Center is a University-wide platform led by founding Director Wendy Bolger, in partnership with the faculty Entrepreneur in Residence, Bill Romani, who are joined by the CI&E Student Steering Committee, and funded by generous alumni.

The mission of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CI&E) is to elevate innovation and entrepreneurship at Loyola. Our vision extends beyond the University campus into Baltimore, where the CI&E is a part of transforming Baltimore through our support for wealth creation and job creation driven by underrepresented women entrepreneurs and innovators of color.

The goals of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship are to recruit and nurture more student innovators, engage them in hands-on experiences, and grow their innovation and entrepreneurship knowledge, to help them succeed in careers, and in life. Through the CI&E, Loyola will expand our civic leadership into the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems, and fuel our innate culture of creative experimentation and trial.

Commitment to Racial Justice

In accordance with our mission to be a part of transforming Baltimore by providing support to women innovators and entrepreneurs of color, the CI&E strives to become an anti-racist organization. The CI&E pledges to think critically about the role race plays in relationships, programs, and organizations, and to challenge ourselves and others to include an analysis of racial justice in decision-making.



The CI&E got under way in the fall of 2018 with a Community Launch week that was attended by hundreds of students and community members, featuring a variety of events, speakers, and new ways to engage with Loyola and the CI&E. The launch built on momentum that had been gathering on campus in the form of the Innovation Task Force, the Blitz, University Innovation Fellows, and the generous founding gifts to the CI&E. The new academic minor in Innovation & Entrepreneurship also became available in fall 2018, rapidly attracting students from across academic disciplines. To learn more about our impact in the last year, download the report linked at the top of this page.


Maria Jaeckel sits at a table displaying her jewelry in a pop-up shop

Loyola’s Baltipreneurs Accelerator helps entrepreneurial student grow jewelry business

Loyola student Maria Jaeckel advances her jewelry business, Blue Bone Jewelry LLC, with support from Loyola and Baltipreneurs Accelerator