This fall, the University of Maryland Graduate School and University of Maryland Ventures launched the Graduate Research Innovation District (the Grid), an entrepreneurial innovation space. The Grid provides opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and entrepreneurs to develop and launch projects related to health and social issues. The space will host educational workshops, programs, and office hours which will focus on a range of topics within entrepreneurship, business, and social innovation.
Specifically, there will be on-site advisors from the Maryland Small Business Association and an Intellectual Property Law Clinic with walk-in hours. Students can also participate in a degree program in health and social innovation, with concentrations in the life sciences, science communication, and product development. Additionally, students are welcome and encouraged to visit the space and use it as a co-working area.
The Grid is located within UMB’s BioPark in the recently renovated Lion Brothers Building. The building also has a café operated by Culinary Architecture, which will provide coffee, baked goods, and sandwiches.