University of Maryland Ventures and the University of Maryland Graduate School worked in partnership to create the Grid, an innovation space where students, entrepreneurs, faculty, and staff connect to bring innovative health and social impact ideas to life through education, early-stage funding, and programming.
Here, members of the UMB community are able to mix with University startups, get help from UM Ventures staff working to launch new companies, and engage with on-site experts, including UMB entrepreneurs in residence, advisors with the Maryland Small Business Development Center, and faculty and students working in the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law’s Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic (IPEC).
The space, co-located with the University of Maryland Ventures in UMB’s BioPark, is also home to educational opportunities such as workshops, office hours, and programs. Our Master of Science in Health and Social Innovation will launch fall 2019 with concentrations in Health Science, User Experience (UX), a collaboration with the University of Baltimore, and Biomedical Entrepreneurship, a collaboration with the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Baltimore is the best-kept secret of the nation’s innovation scene. It consistently ranks among the 20 hottest cities for tech, and top three cities for women in technology. Maryland as a whole was ranked third in Fast Company’s list of innovative states, and fourth in the number of startups per million residents. There are 38+ entrepreneurial support groups and co-working spaces throughout the city, and a host of venture, angel, and grant opportunities for startups. Baltimore is a city of makers, doers, creators, and problem solvers.