Loyola University Maryland

Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Our Team

Director

Wendy BolgerWendy Bolger, MBA, became Director of Loyola’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in July 2018. Her career has spanned public and private sectors, including experiences as an entrepreneur starting her own firm, managing technology product development, and launching new initiatives and teams for nonprofit organizations.

The enthusiasm for innovation and entrepreneurship at Loyola is tremendously energizing for her, and promising for the University’s future. Through the Center, she looks forward to bringing Loyola values and leadership to the community, in support of job creation and wealth creation in Baltimore. As a board member, she chairs the strategic planning committee of Prosperity Catalyst, an international organization supporting women entrepreneurs.

To make an appointment for student office hours with Wendy, visit our scheduling page.

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Entrepreneur in Residence

Bill Romani

Bill Romani became Entrepreneur in Residence of Loyola’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in November 2018 and will manage the innovation and entrepreneurship curriculum at Loyola. Dr. Romani brings years of experience as a nonprofit executive and university professor who has helped start and develop companies and nonprofit organizations that have a clear focus on social justice. With his background as a social entrepreneur in multiple fields and as an academic, Dr. Romani will bring an important perspective to the Loyola community and help enhance conversations that will grow the footprint and impact of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. 

To make an appointment for student office hours with Bill, visit our scheduling page.

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Startup Legal Advisor in Residence

Swata GandhiSwata Gandhi is corporate attorney at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP. Swata is a corporate and transactional attorney with over 20 years of experience and works with businesses of all sizes to assist businesses with significant transactions that help them adapt to the marketplace and support their daily operations. Swata is experienced in counseling and assisting clients on a range of matters, from protection and commercialization of intellectual property and licensing agreements to entity formation and restructuring. Swata Gandhi has spent the last 12 years as an in-house lawyer, including most recently as the General Counsel, Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of DAP Products Inc., a leading manufacturer of caulks, sealants, spray foams and other home improvement products. Swata is an active board member with Medstar Harbor Hospital, the Center for Urban Families and Higher Achievement-Baltimore. In addition, Swata was a recipient of the Distinguished Women's award by the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, a Top 100 Woman in Maryland and Leadership in Law both by the Daily Record.

Swata's Office hours are October 4th 12:00 - 2:00 PM and December 6th 12:00 - 2:00 PM

To schedule an appointment for student office hours with Swata, please visit our scheduling page.

Startup Executive in Residence

Mustafa Mustafa Wahid is an award-winning entrepreneur and co-founder/CEO of TransitioningU, an early-stage educational technology start-up, whose mission is to transform a billion students' lives within the next decade. During his time at Loyola, Mustafa served as a member of Green and Grey, the Japanese Jiu-Jitsu club, and the starting goaltender for the Loyola Club Roller Hockey Team. He earned his B.S. in biology/psychology from Loyola University Maryland. He did his graduate work at the University of Baltimore as the first to be enrolled in both the prestigious entrepreneurship fellows program and the MBA program. Mustafa is proud of being the first in his family to go to college.

Mustafa's Office Hours are November 7th 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM, November 21st 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM, and December 5th 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM.

Walk-ins welcome from 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM.

To schedule an appointment for student office hours with Mustafa, please visit our scheduling page.

Office Hours

Are you interested in meeting with Director Wendy Bolger or Entrepreneur in Residence Bill Romani to review your project and learn how to get involved with the Center? Visit our scheduling page to view the calendar and pick a date. If you can't find a time that works with your schedule, email mvargas@loyola.edu to discuss options.

Student Teams

Student Steering Committee 2019-20

Quinn Cosgrave

Quinn Cosgrave '20

"Innovation to me means changing how we do and create for the sake of advancing how we live and work."

Angel Prado '20

Angel Prado '21

"Innovation is a mindset focused on constantly questioning and improving the world around us."

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Jenna Whalen '21

"Innovation means to be creative, be willing to try something new, and take risks while doing it. It also means to constantly look for ways to improve processes and make things better."

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Nile Mosley '20

"Innovation is a journey of unique and well-designed ideas that are continuously reworked to face current challenges effectively and ethically."

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Jameson Gibbons '22

"Innovation is the focus on progression and creation, in the sense of developing exceptional ideas that add value to the world."

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Chris Carangelo '20

"Being able to have an innovative mindset is a paramount skill to make change in the world. This ability transcends through any activity, whether it be studying, playing a sport, or learning a new skill, there will always be a way to do it better."

Social Impact Fellows 2019

  • Christina Kingsley '19
  • Kelsey Wyatt '20
  • Andrea Ramirez Centeno '21
  • Andrya Robinson '21
  • Colin Ward '21
  • Ryan Brooks '22
  • Sydnie Edwards '22
  • Shane McHugh '22
  • Kaitlin Quigley '22
  • Trevor Tormann '22

See their bios on the Mission Partners website. Or, learn more about the Social Impact Fellows program.

University Innovation Fellows 2019-20

  • Benjamin Hunt '22
  • Cameron Galley '22
  • Siena Pizzano '22
  • Meghan McNulty '22

Learn more about University Innovation Fellows.

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What’s new in innovation and entrepreneurship at Loyola?

Meet two of the individuals behind the CI&E.