ESHIP Baltimore engages entrepreneurs and community leaders in a collective effort to cultivate the creativity, innovation, and leadership of black Baltimore as a model for thriving equitable entrepreneurial ecosystems of the future. The work of the local council is focused on the development of a culturally grounded ecosystem model that prioritizes the assets and leadership within the Black community, with the support of allied partners. Elements of the two-year program include the formation of a local council, storytelling, research and community-led pilot programs to amplify community assets and address emerged barriers.

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Meet ESHIP Baltimore

The Truth Telling Project serves as a documentation of the history, present, and future for Black entrepreneurs in Baltimore. It shares the perspectives of some of the dynamic and committed ESHIP Baltimore council members on how we will work collectively to cultivate the creativity, innovation, and leadership of Black Baltimore as a model for thriving equitable entrepreneurial ecosystems of the future.

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Research Highlights

The purpose of the Research Summary is to inform the local council on the latest ecosystem data available as they support and form current and future pathfinder projects.

Local Organizer

Paulo Gregory

Cohado is an innovative and flexible platform to support collaboration, sustainability and inclusive team- and community-development. Cohado, Inc. additionally facilitates the development of diverse startup communities nationally and locally in Baltimore. In collaboration with the Kauffman Foundation’s ESHIP Communities and Forward Cities, Cohado, Inc is stewarding the ESHIP Baltimore initiative to support the stabilization, ideation, seeding and growth of Black business in Baltimore. This initiative engages entrepreneurs and community leaders in a collective impact effort to cultivate the creativity, innovation, and leadership of Black Baltimore as a model for thriving equitable entrepreneurial ecosystems of the future. 

This Kauffman Foundation initiative is led by a collaborative council of individuals who represent different stakeholders from across the community. Forward Cities is managing the implementation of this effort as a grantee of the Kauffman Foundation.

For more information contact:

Paulo Gregory
ESHIP Baltimore Local Organizer
[email protected]

Fay Horwitt
President, Forward Cities
[email protected]