The innovation and entrepreneurship movement underway at Loyola University in Maryland was showcased on the global stage at the Annual Conference of the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC), âLeading with Entrepreneurship: Succeeding in revitalizationâ. The conference at Loyola, which the University co-hosted with the University of Baltimore, October 13-16, 2021, drew 320 in-person attendees and about 200 more online.
The conference brought together professors and higher education staff from around the world who are eager to learn and share best practices in entrepreneurship education and teaching innovation.
âWe are honored to bring together some of the institutions and innovators who demonstrate how Baltimore is a great place to start a new business and to share our values ââof revitalization and inclusive entrepreneurship with our global cohort of peers,â said Wendy Bolger, Founder Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Loyola and the University of Baltimore have been selected as co-organizers of this international conference after a competitive bidding process. FastForward U, Johns Hopkins University’s student hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as The Grid at the University of Maryland and the city’s first accelerator, ETC (Emerging Technology Centers), hosted events , joining 17 financial sponsors.
Invited speakers during the conference included Marcus Bullock, CEO of Flikshop; Allysa Dittmar, co-founder of Clear Mask; Philip Gaskin, Kauffman Foundation Vice President of Entrepreneurship; Nnadaga and Louise Isa, co-founders, lor tush; and Ryan Maliszewski, CEO of Mozzeria. Loyola faculty and administrators also presented during the conference including Bolger, Herbert Jay Dunmore, TV station manager, Lynne Elks, economics lecturer, Raenita Fenner, Ph.D., assistant professor at engineering, Bill Romani, Ph.D., entrepreneur in residence, and Michael Tangrea, Ph.D., endowed professor of biology.
âBringing the ECCG to Baltimore provided the opportunity to showcase our city and our entrepreneurial ecosystem as a model of revitalization to ECCG members around the world,â said Cheryl Moore-Thomas, Ph.D., Acting President and vice-president of academic affairs. âWe continue to improve innovation and entrepreneurship at Loyola and we are grateful for this opportunity to demonstrate it to the world. “
A closing celebration and awards ceremony with Baltimore musicians and local food and drink was held at the American Visionary Arts Museum on Saturday, October 16.
Pictured above: Henry Mortimer, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Baltimore, and Wendy Bolger, Director of CI&E at Loyola