With a ‘build it first, figure out the money second’ mentality, the people of Baltimore are determined to make the city better for everyone!

Entrepreneurship Shines in the Charm City

Powerhouse universities and innovative business leaders alike support initiatives that cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit and bring new technological ideas to the health care, military defense, and education industries in the Baltimore area.

Existing institutions and landmarks mixed with the art scene, tasty bites, and unique neighborhoods keep bringing Fellows to Charm City. To see why they come, just look at the elements that make up the fabric of some of the city’s most successful neighborhoods: walkability, culture, cool businesses, and the unique energy and people of Baltimore.

What are Fellows up to when they are not contributing to Baltimore’s dynamic startup scene? They enjoy Inner Harbor walks, coffeehouses, and the city’s quirky historic appeal.

VFA Baltimore By The Numbers

112 Fellows

Placed in Baltimore since 2013

53 Company Partners

Have hired VFA Fellows

9 Fellow-Founded Companies

Based in Baltimore

How Fellows describe Baltimore

"People from Baltimore are proud to be from here. It's a place that will welcome you and what you hope to contribute if you commit to it."

Caitlin Morelli '16

“Generations of people showing up for each other. Lots of emerging talent across many industries across many communities of color."

Steph Hsu '16

“The incredible blend of arts, culture, science, technology, and finance makes Baltimore a truly remarkable city with thought leaders continually producing new ideas."

Anand Macherla '18

Where Fellows work

Baltimore has a booming startup ecosystem with focuses in biotech and cybersecurity thanks to local institutions nearby like Johns Hopkins, National Institutes of Health, and National Security Agency. New startups launch constantly in industries ranging from educational technology to product design to financial technology.

Unifies all aspects of health in a single place

Farm to doorstep produce delivery service

Educational software that blends artwork with tech

Sema helps reduce code maintenance costs

Baltimore's Fellow-Founded Companies


Connects farmers to local beekeepers

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What's Mapnin

Connects students with communities through maps

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Zest Tea

Provides all the rush and energy without the grind

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What Fellows Love about Baltimore

"Dancing, exploring the city, rock-climbing, hiking outside the city, brunching and hunting for the latest Baltimurals!"

Dawn Musil, '17

We tend to go to Patterson Park, one another's houses, the climbing gym, or local restaurants

Anand Macherla '18

"Movies at Parkway and concerts at Royal Farms Arena."

Elisa Meyer '17

"VFA has placed 108 fellows in Baltimore since 2013, and more than half have stayed in the city."

– Stephen Babcock, Baltimore
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