Loyola to host Baltipreneurs Accelerator Demo Day event to showcase some of Baltimore’s most promising entrepreneurs
| By Molly Robey
The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Loyola University Maryland will host a Baltipreneurs Accelerator Demo Day for the third accelerator cohort on Wednesday, April 27, 2021, from 6-8 p.m. in McGuire Hall and via livestream.
The event will feature pitches from eight Baltipreneur Accelerator ventures. Entrepreneurs in the diverse cohort for 2022 include A Friendly Bread, Agui Swim, Aidar Health Inc., Chesapeake Collection, Depth Chart Database, Dolphin University Swim School, Keppel and Kismet, and Mindful y Radiante. A Loyola faculty member, two students, and an alumnus are among the selected Baltipreneur Accelerator entrepreneurs this year.
“It’s been fantastic getting to know this year’s group, and we have been grateful for everyone’s good health, strong presentations from our guest instructors, and the opportunity to meet mostly in person this year,” said Wendy Bolger, director of the CI&E. “Being able to convene on campus at Loyola is helping the cohort form strong, and we hope lasting bonds.”
Former participants in Loyola’s first and second cohorts of the Baltipreneur Accelerator program will also attend the Demo Day event. Attendees will have the opportunity to network, share feedback with current ventures, and get to know former Baltipreneur Accelerator cohorts.
The event is open to the public, but registration is required.
Learn more about the event and this year’s Baltipreneur Accelerator ventures.
Demo Day award recipients are chosen based on their peers’ evaluation of their pitch performance and progress in the program overall. Awards will be announced at the end of the event.
This year’s Baltipreneur Accelerator program cohort is supported by OneMain Financial and the Philip E. & Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation. Read more about the Philip E. & Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation gift. Thanks to support by the Maryland Business Innovation Association (MBIA) and Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), the 2022 Baltipreneur Accelerator program cohort has access to FounderTrac software, an online support platform that assists entrepreneurs with the startup process.
Award recipients from the 2022 Demo Day include:
- Platinum ($8,000): Chesapeake Collections, an apparel company that donates a portion of annual revenue to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation
- Gold ($6,500): Dolphin University Swim School, a learn-to-swim brand emphasizing water safety and social development
- Silver ($5,000): Agui Swim, an eco-friendly swimwear company
- Bronze ($3,500): Keppel & Kismet, a creative workshop and boutique
- Audience Favorite Award ($1,000): Keppel & Kismet
- Pitch Creator Hustle Award ($500): Mindful y Radiante, a wellness company that promotes well-being and stress reduction
More about Loyola’s Baltipreneur Accelerator program
The Baltipreneurs Accelerator program through Loyola’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is helping to build a more prosperous and equitable Baltimore. Competitively selected teams join the Accelerator program to receive training and technical assistance, mentorship, networking opportunities, and access to capital, ending with a Demo Day pitch in early spring. Learn more about the program and how to apply for future cohorts.