Loyola University Maryland

Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Apply to the Baltipreneurs Accelerator


November 14, 2019 - February 20, 2020

The Baltipreneurs Accelerator will be piloted with $15,000 in funding for members of the Baltimore community, including Loyola students, faculty, and staff, who are building a business or an innovative social venture. Five to eight selected teams will join the Accelerator to receive training and technical assistance, mentorship, networking opportunities, and access to capital, ending with a Demo Day pitch in early spring.

Thank you for all the great applications for the Baltipreneurs Accelerator Program. Click here to see our finalist ventures.

The Baltipreneurs Accelerator will feature differentiated instruction and active learning

Ventures are understood to enter the program in their own place and with distinct needs. While attending all 10 required weekly sessions, ventures will otherwise proceed through their own identified milestones at their own pace. Mentors and instructors will provide personalized contract, in some cases delivered via technology, and conversations within and across teams will be prioritized to democratize the learning environment.

Not a class

Formal learning modules end in February, but with ongoing mentorship and workspace, and the Demo Day pitch opportunity scheduled in May. The Baltipreneurs Accelerator extends through the entire school year, providing participants with an extended time frame for feedback, reflection, opportunities for failure, and to react and build.


Gerard Athaide - Loyola University - New Product Development

"Innovation opportunities are all around us; we just need to develop the confidence to act on them."


Timothy Brown, SJ - Loyola University - Chartering a Creative Entrepreneurial Path

"The gift of imagination allows us to see things that we miss sometimes because of our limited attention spans."


Ann Costlow - Sofi's Crepes - Chartering a Creative Entrepreneurial Path

"If you love what you do it will not feel like work, but might be the hardest you've ever worked in your life."


Rajan Patel - Dent Education - Intro to Design Thinking

"You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." - Maya Angelou


Kim Wagner - Loyola University - Operations and Measurement

“The spirit of entrepreneurship is alive and well here at Loyola, as exemplified by the students passionate about starting their own businesses. I am looking forward to getting back to my own entrepreneurial roots, and helping entrepreneurs launch the latest and greatest products and services. Come and see the amazing team we’ve assembled for you… to help guide you to success!”


Charlie Taibi, '10 - Year On - Pitching

"Entrepreneurs have the power to change the world by creating social change, jobs, and solutions for our communities' most pressing problems."


Nicholas Hawkins '08 - Womble Bond Dickinson, LLP - Trademarks, Patents, and Protecting Your IP

“We all have the ability to innovate. Some maybe more experienced than others, sure, but there’s really no one formula. You just have to be at the right place at the right time and make the right difference.”


Mustafa Wahid '15 - TransitioningU - Effectuation

"What matters is how quickly you do what your soul directs." - Rumi



Claire Broido Johnson - Maryland Momentum Fund - Raising Funding and Getting Inside the Heads of Investors



Quinn Conyers - Speak to Society - 1 on 1 Pitch Coach

"Entrepreneurship is the beautiful blend of ideas, execution, and guts! It doesn't discriminate and it handsomely rewards those who are terrified of regret INSTEAD of those who fear failure!"

Catherine Staley - Loyola Notre Dame Library - Research Services and Innovation Librarian

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” - Eleanor Roosevelt


Josh Smith - Loyola University

"Innovation is not static and does not reside in individuals. It is organic, fluid, and can flourish or be extinguished. At Loyola, we create spaces and places for students, faculty, and community members to brainstorm ideas, joins teams to work on pressing problems, and fail at will. We don’t judge, but we challenge and push ideas and teams forward. Join the movement and helps us change the status quo."

Cohort development and cooperation

A “team of teams” dynamic will be built in the Accelerator, as a collaboration among and between teams is required.

By accepting responsibility for shared instruction, teams will learn from one another and share resources. Demonstrating that teamwork pays, participants will be asked to rank each other’s ventures on metrics, including partnership and group leadership, to qualify for additional cash rewards.


Each successful Baltipreneur venture receives a minimum of $2,000 in stipends:

  • $500 upon completion of first five learning modules
  • $1,000 upon meeting agreed-upon major milestones
  • $500 after presenting at Demo Day

PLUS the opportunity to qualify for an additional $5,000 in awards for the highest performing teams.
Baltipreneurs will also receive:

  • Access to dedicated office space and open workspace at Loyola Notre Dame Library through May 2020
  • Assigned mentors
  • Option to engage Greyhound Group Consultants on a pro-bono project
  • Access to office hours with Startup Executive in Residence and Startup Legal Advisor in Residence
  • 1 on 1 pitch/presentation coaching session
  • 1 on 1 financial and accounting management coaching session
  • Access to competitive/corporate research training
  • Photo session for portraits and action shots for use on LinkedIn, social media, and other marketing materials

Am I a fit?

The Baltipreneurs Accelerator will consider ventures:

  • Led by passionate, committed entrepreneurs including Loyola University Maryland students, faculty, or staff and residents operating in the city of Baltimore.
  • Preference to founders who identify as underrepresented entrepreneurs, including but not limited to women entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs of color, entrepreneurs with disabilities, or veteran entrepreneurs
  • Entrepreneurs representing all industries and market sizes both pre or post revenue will be considered

I think I fit! How do I apply?

  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through October 31, 2019.
  • We will confirm receipt of your application and inform you of your acceptance status as soon as possible.
  • Winners of the previous year’s Building a Better World Through Business (BBWTB) student pitch competition are automatically eligible.

Program Location & Schedule

Ten weekly cohort meetups will be held Thursday evenings in the Loyola Notre Dame Library, 200 Winston Ave., from 6:30-9:00 PM November 14, 2019 - February 20, 2020. Parking is available on Winston Street in front of the Library. Attendance is mandatory.

  1. Nov 14
  2. Nov 21
  3. Dec 5
  4. Jan 9 (earlier time 5:30-8)
  5. Jan 16 
  6. Jan 23
  7. Jan 30
  8. Feb 6
  9. Feb 13
  10. Feb 20
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