Baltimore | Resources for Underestimated Founders

Resources in Baltimore focused on historically underestimated and underrepresented entrepreneurs
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Hire Our Veterans Tax Credit
Veteran Founders

​​​​​​​​This program provides a State income tax credit to small businesses for hiring qualified veterans based on wages paid to those veteran employees.…

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Baltimore Micro Loan Fund
Low Income Founders

The Baltimore Micro Loan Fund provides existing and start-up small businesses with financing for working capital, furniture, fixtures, machinery, and equipment. …

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Entrepreneurs of Color Fund
Founders of Color
Low Income Founders

Minority entrepreneurs in DC, Maryland and Virginia suburbs, and Baltimore City can get access to loans ranging from $5,000 - $250,000

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Fells Point Culinary Incubator
Founders of Color
Low Income Founders

Fells Point Culinary Incubator builds commercial Incubator space for product development and community economic enrichment. Our road map is based on placing Incubators within minority communities to h…

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Small Business & Community Equity Development Clinic
Founders of Color

Thriving businesses and community-based organizations are the engines for strong neighborhoods and healthy communities. Student attorneys in the Small Business & Community Equity Development Clinic wo…

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Social Entrepreneur Development by IW
Founders of Color
Low Income Founders
Female Founders

Innovation Works supports neighborhood economic development through the heroic efforts of social entrepreneurs leading impact driven enterprises throughout the city. Innovation Works’ five-step social…

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Coworking
The Cube Cowork
Female Founders
Towson

The Cube is Maryland's first coworking space that focuses on helping parents. They create a coworking space that provides parents with an environment that will help them balance their family and their…

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Baltipreneurs Accelerator
Female Founders
Founders of Color
Veteran Founders 

The Baltipreneurs Accelerator will provide a total of $15,000 in funding for members of the Baltimore community, (including Loyola Students, faculty, and staff) who are building a business or an innovative social venture. Five to eight selected teams will join the Accelerator to receive ...

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Baltimore Women in Tech Meetup
Female Founders

Baltimore Women in Tech is for women and female-identifying technologists in Baltimore or the Greater Baltimore region who are working and playing with any kind of technology. We host events and educa…

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So You Want to Pitch Conference
Founders of Color

One of the major challenges facing small businesses is access to capital to start, grow, and/or scale. In 2018 we created a platform for small business owners to learn how to plan for, prepare to, and…

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LEDC SEED Loan
Founders of Color
Low Income Founders

Up to $5k for startups with less than one year in operations, or with plans to launch a company within 3 months of receiving funds.…

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Military Personnel and Veteran-owned Small Business Loan Program (MPVSBLP)
Veteran Founders

MPVSBLP provides no interest loans of up to $50,000, from one to eight years, for businesses owned by military reservists, veterans, National Guard personnel and for small businesses that employ or ar…

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Moms As Entrepreneurs Academy
Female Founders

The Moms As Entrepreneurs Academy provides current and aspiring mothers with an eight-week hands-on academy. Each week mothers are guided through a custom curriculum that focuses on the mindset of bus…

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City of Baltimore Small Business Resource Center
Female Founders
Founders of Color
Low Income Founders

The Small Business Resource Center (SBRC), an initiative of the BDC, cultivates and supports the growth and development of small businesses and entrepreneurs in Baltimore City through technical assist…

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LEDC Business Advice
Founders of Color
Low Income Founders

Do you have a business idea but don't know where to start? Are you currently operating and thinking about expanding? Our team of business experts can provide you with one-on-one advice and training to…

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Veteran Business Owners Representatives
Veteran Founders

The SBA offers support for veterans as they enter the world of business ownership. Look for funding programs, training, and federal contracting opportunities.a.gov (link sends e-mail)) at (410) 244-33…

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Minority Innovation Weekend
Founders of Color

A weekend summit dedicated to aiding minority innovators in launching tech-focused startups, exploring technology and innovation, and showcasing tech startups that have a minority founder or co-founde…

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See Jane Invest
Female Founders

See Jane Invest teaches entrepreneurs, startups, and creatives how to communicate their vision, plan for growth, and pitch to partners, collaborators and investors.…

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Program for Investors in Microentrepreneurs (PRIME)
Founders of Color
Low Income Founders

This grant will provide funding for private, nonprofit microenterprise development organizations; microenterprise development programs run by State/Local/Tribal Governments; or Indian tribes intereste…

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Citrine Angels
Female Founders

Citrine Angels is a membership angel investing group designed for women to invest in female-founded companies. We introduce selected seed stage companies to individual investors.We support the growt…

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Inner City Capital Connections
Founders of Color
Female Founders
Veteran Founders 

Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) is a tuition-free executive leadership training program designed by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) to help business owners in economically-distressed areas build capacity for sustainable growth in revenue, profitability, and employment.

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AthenaPowerlink
Female Founders

ATHENAPowerLink® is a nonprofit that provides a business mentoring program designed to increase the growth and profitability of women-owned businesses.…

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The Startup Nest
Founders of Color

The Startup Nest is a business incubator and co-working space that provides an ecosystem that fosters impactful economic development, promotes diverse & inclusive innovation, and is Shifting the Cultu…

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Innovation Works Mentor Network
Founders of Color
Female Founders
Low Income Founders

Innovation Works (IW) seeks to teach entrepreneurs how to build and own successful social enterprises that create sustainable neighborhood economies by adapting the model used by the Miller Center for…

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Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority (MSBDFA)
Low Income Founders
Female Founders
Founders of Color

MSBDFA promotes the viability and expansion of businesses owned by economically and socially disadvantaged entrepreneurs. MSBDFA uses include working capital, supplies and materials, machinery and equ…

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Maryland Casino Business Investment Fund (MCBIF)
Female Founders
Founders of Color
Veteran Founders 

The MISSION of the Maryland Casino Business Investment Fund is to provide affordable and flexible financing to Maryland based small, minority, women and veteran owned businesses in order to build the …

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Microenterprise Loan Program
Low Income Founders

The Maryland Microenterprise Loan Program expands opportunities for microenterprise development, creates new opportunities for small business development and sustains local economies in Maryland commu…

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Baltimore County Public Library Resource for Entrepreneurs
Low Income Founders
Founders of Color
Veteran Founders 

An online collection of resources for entrepreneurs provided by the Baltimore County Public Library

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Capital Solutions (Harbor Bank)
Low Income Founders
Founders of Color

We aim to serve as trusted, long-term advisors to entrepreneurs, development partners, non-profit organizations, and investors whose goals align with our mission. Our team of financial and development…

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Kiva Baltimore
Low Income Founders

Kiva was launched in 2005 as the world's first person-to-person microlending website. A nonprofit organization, Kiva underwrites zero-percent-interest, zero-fee business loans of up to $10,000, and fa…

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LEDC Startup Loan
Founders of Color
Low Income Founders

Up to $20k for startups with less than two years in operations, seeking capital to launch or consolidate their venture.…

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Pipeline Angels Pitch Summit
Female Founders

Our signature pitch summit is an opportunity for invited women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs to present their for-profit social ventures for a chance to secure funding.…

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Invisible Majority
Founders of Color

Invisible Majority is a Baltimore-based creative community incubator providing space, services and support to Baltimore's independent creative business community.The brain child of curator and educa…

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LEDC Growth Loan
Founders of Color
Low Income Founders

Up to $250K for Established Small Businesses with at least two years in operations, seeking capital to grow/expand operation.…

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Baltimore Women in Tech Micro Grant
Female Founders

Launched in 2017, the BWiT program has to date given away $12k and supported 12 women-led projects, impacting over 3,000 people. The most recent grant period is closed; check out the links below for p…

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Grow My Business (GMB)
Female Founders
Founders of Color

Grow My Business (GMB) is a six-­month business development program designed for ETS graduates and other women who have already initiated their own startup micro­businesses. GMB is designed to increas…

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Accelerator
Conscious Venture Lab
Founders of Color
Female Founders

A 4 month immersion program aimed at accelerating conscious entrepreneurs to traction and revenue. We invest $100K in purpose driven startups in exchange for 8% equity and the opportunity to become a …

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Maryland Capital Enterprises - Micro and Business Loans
Low Income Founders

MCE offers three loan products to assist clients in starting or growing their own business. …

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Accelerator
Social Innovation Lab
Founders of Color
Female Founders
Veteran Founders 

The Social Innovation Lab (SIL) at Johns Hopkins University accelerates emerging ventures and leaders that seek to change Baltimore and the world.$1,000 in funding for the venture provided on a reim…

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The Volt Fund
Female Founders
Founders of Color
Veteran Founders 

Small and minority, women and veteran owned businesses in Maryland may be eligible for loan through the VOLT Fund. Loans are between $25,000 to $500,000 for purposes such as business and commercial re…

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Baltimore Business Lending (BBL)
Low Income Founders
Founders of Color

Baltimore Business Lending, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Baltimore Community Lending, Inc., is a new small business lending program designed to provide capital to emerging and growing small busin…

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Ladies First
Female Founders

Ladies First is the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship’s commitment to increase the number of women involved in entrepreneurship at UMD.Ladies FirstThe Dingman Center launched the Ladies First in…

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Impact Hub
Founders of Color
Female Founders

Impact Hub is more than a coworking space. We bring together a community of entrepreneurs, activists, creatives, and professionals to take collaborative action and drive positive change in Baltimore a…

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Neighborhood BusinessWorks
Low Income Founders

Neighborhood BusinessWorks loan program provides flexible financing to new or expanding small businesses and nonprofit organizations in Sustainable Communities and Priority Funding Areas throughout th…

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0-100 Accelerator Program
Female Founders
Founders of Color

The Small Business Resource Center and M&T Bank are partnering to offer a range of support services and resources for Baltimore businesses. Accepted applicants will be enrolled in a 10 week-long program that offers mentorship and access to capital and investment.

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Baltimore Corps Fellowship Program
Founders of Color

Our primary objective at Baltimore Corps is to build equitable talent pipelines into Baltimore's leadership, particularly throughout the social sector. We need more than a generation of leaders whose …

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Moms Makers Academy
Female Founders

Moms Makers Academy is a 16-week entrepreneurship and making boot camp designed to help YOU launch your makers business! There will be classes on business planning, financing, marketing, setting up an…

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Women's Business Ownership Representatives
Female Founders

Women's Business Ownership Representatives are available to advise women business owners. For more information please call Tonia McCoy (link sends e-mail) at (410) 244-3323. …

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Boost Baltimore Program
Low Income Founders
Founders of Color
Female Founders

The Boost program is a joint entrepreneurial development workshop between Innovation Works and Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. IW Boost packs core business lessons into a powerful three-day…

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DPW Small Business Development Program
Founders of Color
Female Founders

The Department of Public Works (DPW) supports economic and business development in Baltimore City and throughout the region. Serving one of the most diverse regions in the country, DPW invites local m…

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Women Owned & Managed Enterprise Network Conference
Female Founders

The W.O.M.E.N Conference is a network of resources that support women in developing and retaining competitive enterprises…

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Baltimore Black Entrepreneurs & Startup Founders Meetup
Founders of Color

Baltimore Black Entrepreneurs & Startup Founders was created for Black business owners, entrepreneurs & startup founders to be able to come together, connect and network locally in Baltimore, MD....

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Builder Fund
Founders of Color
Female Founders

The Pre-seed Builder Fund (or Builder Fund) was created to financially and operationally support the development of startup companies run by entrepreneurs who demonstrate a socially or economically di…

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Baltimore Black Techies Meetup
Founders of Color

Black + Techie = Us. We're HYPED to host Baltimore's first Black coding meet up! Join us every Thursday at Impact Hub Baltimore (10 E North Ave) to learn and code with others. Whether you're an experi…

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Innov8MD Baltimore & Beyond Conference
Female Founders
Founders of Color
Pigtown

The Baltimore & Beyond Conference showcases over 50 student-run ventures from 15+ local colleges and universities. Bringing together nearly 500 attendees, the Baltimore & Beyond conference is one of the....

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Black Futures Micro-Grant
Founders of Color

The BLACK FUTURES MICRO-GRANT is a no-strings-attached micro-grant for changemakers serving Greater Baltimore.Each month community members will vote on which organization or individual receives the a…

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Entrepreneur Training for Success (ETS)
Female Founders
Founders of Color

Entrepreneur Training for Success (ETS) is a three­-month, 60­ hour course in business, workforce, life and leadership skills. ETS strongly emphasizes the fundamentals of micro-entrepreneurship, combi…

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Future Baltimore Incubator Without Walls
Founders of Color
Low Income Founders

Future Baltimore is a flagship partnership for West Baltimore and the result of the innovative and equity-focused collaboration between Bon Secours Community Works, Kaiser Permanente and the Latino Ec…

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