Are you a Maker?


Do you have a great product idea?


A revolutionary manufacturing process?


Building a business is hard. That’s why we’re launching EnterpRISE at Open Works. More than just a pitch contest, it’s a 6-week business boot camp designed to help you RISE!

Application Deadline: Friday, Sept. 8th

First pitch round (top 20 applicants): Friday, Sept. 22nd

Six weeks of mentoring + workshops

Final pitch round (top 10 pitches): Friday, Nov. 17

EnterpRISE Venture Competition is generously supported by the Baltimore Development Corporation, PNC Bank Foundation, the Abell Foundation, and TEDCO

The Judges


Jorge Eduardo Castillo is an award-winning executive with over 17 years of experience that expand throughout a range of diverse high-growth industries. Over the span of his career, he has developed strategies that encompass the entire business cycle, including those in diversity and inclusion, strategic planning, sales, organizational development, process reengineering, new economy public relations, branding and digital marketing. In 2016 he was inducted into the Daily Record’s VIP List “Very Important Professionals Successful by 40 awards”, in 2014 he was awarded the “40 under 40 People to Watch” by the Baltimore Business Journal and the Franchise Business Review’s “Top Franchises Award” in 2009 and then again in 2011.

Christopher College is an experienced capital markets professional with deep expertise in structuring, negotiating, and executing transactions. He has successfully raised over $1.6 billion in over 60 transactions during his career, and is currently responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the TCP Venture Capital family of funds.

Lindsay D’Ambrosio manages Harbor Launch, a business incubator at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology. Harbor Launch is community for early-stage life science and environmental companies, offering business services and office and lab space. Before coming to the IMET, Lindsay was an Analyst at the National Science Foundation, where she led program assessment and marketing for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and assisted other programs in the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships, including the I-CorpsTM program.


Angela Singleton is currently a portfolio manager on the deal team at Maryland Technology Development Corporation. After four years mentoring technology startups as part of TEDCO’s rural business innovation initiative, Angela will evaluate and provide assistance to companies seeking and awarded funding from TEDCO’s Seed Investment Fund. Prior to joining TEDCO, Angela invented and patented a footwear technology and formed a company to commercialize her own invention. She also worked in brand management at Procter & Gamble and asset management at Sanford C. Bernstein.

Dr. Ronald C. Williams is the former Dean of the Coppin State University College of Business. Under his leadership from 2013 until 2017, he successfully guided the college through initial accreditation, expanded corporate relationships, increased faculty and professional development activities, and improved student services and career-readiness. Dr. Williams attributes the progress to the implementation of the BG Model for Academic Enterprise Development, a model he developed as a framework for assessing the needs of all stakeholders in the educational process and facilitating progress toward academic, career, and entrepreneurial success.

Kelvin Fu is Vice-President at Interprise Partners and is involved in the deal sourcing, transaction analysis, portfolio management and investor relations in the company. Mr. Fu previously worked for JLS Capital Strategies, an advisory firm specializing in raising capital for infrastructure projects worldwide. He was involved in transaction analysis, structuring complex debt instruments and arranging project finance for energy, oil and gas and satellite projects.


Stephanie Chin brings a unique mix of business incubation and higher education experience as the Assistant Director for Entrepreneurship at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Known across MICA’s campus as the Entrepreneurship Evangelist, Stephanie was formerly the Program Manager of the Towson University Incubator. There, Stephanie organized educational initiatives and the annual Business Plan Competition and served as a Specialist with Towson’s Student Launch Pad. At MICA, Stephanie is committed to fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship through one on one advising support to student entrepreneurs and alums and coordination of the UP/Start Venture Competition and MICApreneurship programming.