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Loyola’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship launches program to assist aspiring entrepreneurs

| By Molly Cochran
Building a Better World Through Business Pitch Competition

Entrepreneurs are invited to apply to receive support for their business ideas or innovative social ventures through a new program in Loyola’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CI&E).

The Baltipreneurs Accelerator Program will select five to eight recipients who will receive business and entrepreneurship instruction from Loyola faculty members and other partners, as well as mentorship, dedicated office space at the Loyola/Notre Dame Library through May 2020, one-on-one pitch training, networking, a photo session for professional portraits, and a minimum $2,000 stipend.

Preference will be given to applicants who identify as underrepresented entrepreneurs, including but not limited to women entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs of color, entrepreneurs with disabilities, or veteran entrepreneurs. Winners of the previous year’s Building a Better World Through Business student pitch competition are automatically eligible.

“As part of the Center’s dual mission to serve women and entrepreneurs of color in Baltimore, and elevate innovation on Loyola’s campus, our pilot Baltipreneurs Accelerator will bring together city-based ventures with Loyola student, faculty, and staff innovators,” said Wendy Bolger, director of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. “We expect Baltipreneurs will be a great opportunity for the cohort to learn from and teach each other, with the support of expert facilitation, instruction, coaching, and mentorship.”

Participants in the Baltipreneurs Accelerator Program are required to attend 10 weekly meetings between Nov. 14 and Feb. 20, 2020, at the Loyola/Notre Dame Library. For more information on the Baltipreneurs Accelerator Program, visit www.loyola.edu/accelerator.

Applications for the program are now open, with rolling admission through Thursday, Oct. 31. Applicants can expect a prompt reply regarding the status of their application.

Those who want to learn more about the Baltipreneurs Accelerator are invited to participate in a Q&A conference call on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 2 p.m. Email Mauricio Vargas, program assistant for the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at mvargas@loyola.edu to RSVP.

Loyola's 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.

 
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