Building Sustainable Neighborhood Economies
 

Building Sustainable Neighborhood Economies

 
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What is Innovation Works?

Innovation Works is an innovative, collaborative resource network that connects neighborhoods, entrepreneurs, social innovation assets, and investors to build sustainable neighborhood economies in Baltimore.

 
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 What We Do

Innovation Works improves Baltimore’s neighborhood economies through the launch and growth of sustainable social enterprises. Led by neighborhood entrepreneurs using insights from their lived experiences, these social enterprises aim to reduce Baltimore’s neighborhood, racial, and wealth divides. Through 2029, Innovation Works aims to support the launch of:

 
 
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250

social

enterprises

 
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5,000

jobs

created

 
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$100M

investments invested into the neighborhood economies

 
 

IGNITE Hubs

IGNITE by IW partners with trusted community anchors (Ignite Hubs) to build a network of long-term entrepreneur development hubs at a neighborhood level. Through Ignite Hubs, IW delivers social enterprise programming that ignites and develops local interest and capacity to transform neighborhood economies.

 
 

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Featured Ignite HUb

Create U in Sandtown-Winchester Neighborhood

"Seeking to build capacity to serve our entrepreneurial customers, Create U strives to identify partners who value local-level experiences, respects community, committed to collaboration, and believes that greatness exists where some would least expect. We are excited to have found such a partner in Innovation Works to complement our efforts. At IW, community-level collaboration and networking are more than taglines they are guiding principles"

—Anthony Morgan, Executive Director and Co‑Founder

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get involved

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Join the Mentor Network

IW is currently accepting applications for its inaugural mentor network. IW’s mentors/trusted advisors program, designed similarly to the Miller Center mentor network,  plays a critical role in the IW mission. IW mentors will have the opportunity to support aspiring and established social enterprise leaders across the city (see volunteer description). IW’s mentors will also become a part of the Miller Center global mentor network.

 
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Apply for the IW Boost Program

June 18 - June 20, 2019

The IW Boost program, modeled after the GSBI Boost, is a powerful 3-day workshop for existing nonprofits, businesses, and social enterprises seeking to strengthen their social impact and financial sustainability strategies.

 
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