The Center for Maryland Advanced Ventures and with the University of Maryland Graduate School worked in partnership to create the Grid, an innovation space located in UMB's Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL), where students, entrepreneurs, faculty, and staff connect to bring innovative health and social impact ideas to life through education, early-stage funding, and programming.
The Grid combines educational opportunities through the Graduate School with other University resources, such as UM Ventures staff, the BioPark, HS/HSL, and the Maryland Small Business Development Center, and the University of Maryland Business and Intellectual Property Law Clinic, to provide students a one-stop shop for anything related to entrepreneurial and innovation education.
The Grid is surrounded by nationally ranked universities and medical centers, and close to abundant cultural and recreational assets that include the Bromo Seltzer Arts District, Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium, and the Inner Harbor.
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.
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