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About Innov8MD

Meet the team behind the conference

Meet The Team

Innov8MD was founded in Summer 2018 after two students, one from Hopkins and one from Towson, discovered their mutual passion for entrepreneurial ecosystem development. Three weeks later, representatives from 8 local universities came together to plan the inaugural Innov8MD conference. The greater collection of university entrepreneurial leaders constitutes the Maryland Collegiate Entrepreneurship Coalition, dedicated to furthering student innovation across the state of Maryland. Meet them below:

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Lead Associate, Student Launch Pad
Matthew Lowinger

Towson University

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President, TCO Labs, Inc. | Director, The Hatchery Incubator
Pava LaPere

Johns Hopkins University

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Campus Connector, Office of Innovation and Economic Development
Sammy Popat

University of Maryland, College Park

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Assistant Director for Entrepreneurship
Stephanie Chin

Maryland Institute College of Art

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Faculty Executive Director of the Grid
Jenny Owens

The University of Maryland, Baltimore

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Director, Center for Innovation + Entrepreneurship
Jan Baum

Towson University

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Director, Entrepreneurial Development and Assistance Center
Omar Muhammad

Morgan State University

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Director of Alex Brown Center for Entrepreneurship
Vivian Armor

University of Maryland Baltimore County

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Director of Conferences, TCO Labs
Vinicius Lepca

Johns Hopkins University

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Student Program Ventures Manager, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship
Chris Rehkamp

University of Maryland, College Park

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Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Henry Mortimer

University of Baltimore

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Student Venture Coordinator, JHTV
Kevin Carter

Johns Hopkins University

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Social Media Intern, Alex Brown Center for Entrepreneurship
Naina Thangada

University of Maryland Baltimore County

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Sunaina Gupta

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Our Mission

The Maryland Collegiate Entrepreneurship Coalition (MCEC) may have been founded for the purposes of planning Innov8MD, but its purpose extends beyond the event alone. Maryland is home to a robust set of academic institutions, many of which have renowned programs for student entrepreneurship. But without further collaboration between these institutions on many different levels, there is a tremendous amount of lost opportunity. By creating a platform where the leaders of university entrepreneurial ecosystems can share ideas, cross promote programs, and collaborate on events, MCEC is working to create a more unified academic community within Baltimore and beyond.

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