Baltimore + Undergraduate Students

Advantages for Entrepreneurs

Get started in Baltimore.

Baltimore is among the top cities in the U.S. for small business start-ups and entrepreneurs. Every year, MICA alumni launch thriving businesses including graphic design studios, art galleries, print studios, retail stores, and technology start-ups.

Recent studies show that the innovation economy is “all about young people” and that the most successful entrepreneurs are passionate about their business and their location. Young adults flock to Baltimore because of the opportunities, but also are attracted to the “authentic” feel, the strong community of creatives, and the manageable size of the city.

New incubator spaces, funding sources, and business resources are popping up all around Baltimore. Our own MICApreneurship program is a hub of creative support, resources, and programming designed to help MICA students and alumni become successful business owners.

  • Entrepreneur magazine named Baltimore the second hottest startup city in the US.
  • Forbes magazine named Baltimore the second best city in the country for tech jobs.
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce indicated that the concentration of hi-tech and STEM jobs makes Maryland a top economic performer and a leader in innovation and entrepreneurship.

"Baltimore has a much lower cost of living. That takes a lot of the stress off of starting a new business and gives us the flexibility we wouldn't have in other cities. Everything moves at a more reasonable speed and the size of the city provides an advantage - there is more space for us to make a name for ourselves. I've been fortunate to make presentations to some of the biggest corporate players in town. It may be an illusion, but I feel these people are accessible, that there is tremendous potential for progress and change here. In the end, Baltimore was definitely the right choice for our company."

-FRIENDS OF THE WEB, a small studio which designs and creates websites and mobile apps, was foundd by MICA alums Andy Mangold '11 (Graphic Design B.F.A.) and Anthony Mattox '11 (Interactive Arts B.F.A.) with two Penn State friends.