About Innov8MD

United Entrepreneurship

Innov8MD is a coalition of 15+ Maryland college & university entrepreneurship departments. Together, we work to support our state's young entrepreneurs with programming, mentorship, and events.

Our Mission

More than ever, our world needs solutions. But while the problems that we face are grand,  our ingenuity is greater. We aim to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs to rise to the challenge and build sustainable innovations, for the world's sake.

Increase Access to Resources

Not all students have equal access to the resources needed to build a venture. We come together as educators and innovators to support students from any institution

Support Diverse Founders

Our teams, schools, cities, states, and nations are diverse. It's our responsibility to ensure that people from all backgrounds have an equal opportunity to become entrepreneurs

Foster a Connected Ecosystem

When members of the entrepreneurial ecosystem work together, we can provide more robust resources, deeper support, and better growth for our innovation community

Our Members

The Innov8MD Coalition is made up of leaders of Maryland's college and university entrepreneurship departments

Lindsay Ryan
University System of Maryland (USM)
Venture Development Director
Innov8MD Board Member
Sammy Popat
University of Maryland College Park (UMD)
Campus Connector
Innov8MD Board Member
Jan Baum
Towson University (TU)
Director, Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Innov8MD Board Member
Stephanie Chin
Hutch Program Manager
Innov8MD Board Member
Pava LaPere
Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
CEO & Founder, EcoMap Technologies, Innov8MD, Emergence Baltimore
Innov8MD Board Chair
Henry Mortimer
University of Baltimore (UB)
Director, Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Wendy Bolger
Loyola University Maryland (LUM)
Founding Director, Loyola Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Vivian Armor
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
Director, Alex. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship
Erica Lander
University of Baltimore (UB)
Graduate Assistant at University of Baltimore
Darlene Marie Ajayi
Bowie State University (BSU)
Program Manager Entrepreneruship Academy Bowie State University
Angella Kevas
Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC)
Project Director, Community College of Baltimore County, Center for Business Innovation
Stephanie Goldenberg
Anne Arundel Community College (AACC)
Taylor DeBoer
University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB)
Marketing and Operations Specialist at The UM Grid
Ime Essien
Morgan State (MSU)
Richard Clay
Bowie State University (BSU)
Philadelphia Investment Partner at Dorm Room Fund
Josh Ambrose
Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Director of Student Ventures
Innov8MD has two core focus areas: supporting student entrepreneurs and building a stronger collegiate entrepreneurial ecosystem in Maryland.
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