Welcome to EnterpRISE 2018! Are you a maker? Inventor? Entrepreneur? Artist? Craftsperson? We are looking for Baltimore's BEST product-based business ideas that can use Open Works' resources to grow. If you can leverage our wood shop, metal shop, CNC router, laser cutter, 3D printer, sewing, or graphic design facilities to prove your idea and take it into production, we will give you the resources to do the rest!
Tell us a little bit about your business by midnight on Friday, September 28th. We'll review the applications and pick 8 finalists (notifications out October 5th) to receive four weeks of coaching from business professionals, funders, lawyers, and makers. Finally, all 8 makers will pitch live and in person before our judging panel on November 16th for a shot at $18,000 in cash prizes and memberships at Open Works.
+ MUST be a manufacturable physical product idea that can be fabricated at Open Works (no service, software, sales, or similar businesses)
+ MUST have ability to scale to the point of adding employees -- part of Open Works' mission is to generate economic development in East Baltimore
+ MUST solve a concrete problem
+ MUST have a reasonable-sized market
+ Founder must be 16 years of age or older
BIG THANK YOU to our sponsors, the Baltimore Development Corporation, PNC Bank Foundation, and TEDCO.