UBalt CEI Center Director
Director, The University of Baltimore’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Henry Mortimer has served as the director of The University of Baltimore’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation since August 2017. The Center, which celebrated its fifteenth anniversary in 2021, provides support and assistance to all UBalt undergraduate and graduate students who are intent on establishing an enterprise.
In his role as director of the center, Mortimer has expanded on his well-established role as a facilitator, problem solver and source of inspiration for entrepreneurially-minded women and men in the metro region. The University of Baltimore, which was founded in 1925 by city-based business leaders who sought a way to educate Baltimore’s working adults, is ideally positioned to help entrepreneurs succeed.
Mortimer, founder of Baltimore-based Mortimer Communications and an important voice in the metropolitan area’s growing ecosystem for start-ups and small businesses, previously served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at UBalt. He also has been involved with a number of Baltimore-area incubators and business education providers, including ETC, Betamore and Towson University. He frequently teaches workshops for emerging and established entrepreneurs. Through his communications firm, which he founded in 2008, he helps entrepreneurs understand their niche in the local business community and how they can own their origin story―from “elevator speech” to strategic planning and execution. Mortimer holds a B.A. in English from Bucknell University.
In his role, Mortimer guides the Center to directly assist and support individuals interested in building or growing an enterprise — through support, culture, competitions, events, education, research, and relationships within the business community. Specifically, over past five years, the CEI has:
- supported the efforts of more 850 would-be individuals, on a one-time or ongoing basis, to discuss, validate and, in many cases, launch a new business venture
- assisted (with participation of faculty as well as industry mentors) 30 students develop and launch their own businesses through the Entrepreneurship Fellows program, with a full two-year scholarship and a stipend supported by the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation
- provided more than $125,000 in prize money to more than 60 participants in our two annual investor pitch competition, the Leonard and Phyllis Attman Competitive Business Prize and Rise to the Challenge
- conducted more than 50 how-to workshops and seminars, in a variety of areas, helping more than 350 participants learn to hone entrepreneurial talents
- helped more than a half-dozen companies raise nearly $2 million in funding and sales and employ more than 30 people.