With a ‘build it first, figure out the money second’ mentality, Baltimoreans are determined to maximize every resource and opportunity the ecosystem has to offer.
Entrepreneurs Thrive in Charm City
Powerhouse anchor institutions and business leaders alike support initiatives that showcase Baltimore’s entrepreneurial spirit and bring innovative ideas and technologies to the city’s booming health care, education, and social enterprise sectors.
Baltimore is called ‘Charm City’ for a reason; there are more than 280 unique and inviting neighborhoods that make up the fabric of the city. You’ll find internationally-renowned universities and historical landmarks down the street from hip bars, trendy restaurants, and bustling art galleries. The city also offers expansive public parks, state-of-the-art maker spaces, and a vibrant music scene.
What are Fellows up to when they are not contributing to Baltimore’s growing startup ecosystem? Volunteering in their communities, meeting up for hikes, and trying their hand at improv or 3D printing.
VFA Baltimore By The Numbers
Placed in Baltimore since 2013
59 Company Partners
Have hired VFA Fellows
17 Fellow-Founded Companies
Based in Baltimore
How Fellows Describe Baltimore
"Baltimore is simply the greatest city in America. From the people, to the food, to the culture, and everything in between – Baltimore welcomes you in as one of its own."
Adeel Afshar '19
“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
What Fellows Love About Baltimore
“Baltimore feels like both a collection of small close-knit communities and a big coastal city at once. There is always something to do and people to see!”
Emily Miller '19
“Eating at Ekiben or Luchadoras, hiking in Patapsco and the Appalachians, going to Bike Party with 1000 of my closest friends, getting raw oysters, long walks in parks, and going to Camden Yards to watch the sunset instead of baseball.“
Elias Meyer-Grimberg '16
“I’m grateful for Baltimore’s diversity, rich history, and collection of distinct neighborhoods. From long walks along the harbor when the sun rises to grabbing dinner with Fellows in Little Italy at night, I can’t imagine a better VFA city to be in!”
Kylie Long '19
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"VFA prides itself on a network of alums who have gone on to start new business and nonprofit ventures in the city, as well as work at influential companies. It has placed 148 fellows in Baltimore since 2013, and more than half still live here.”– Emma Simpson, Venture For America