An inaugural cohort has Emerged!
When our team first launched the Emergence Baltimore application in early August, quite frankly, we weren't certain what type of founder we would attract.
We knew the appeal of an entrepreneurial co-living space was there - all of us were excited by the prospect of living, learning, and launching in such a collaborative environment. And the reception we received from friends/colleagues was uniformly positive. But who out there would be willing to actually take the plunge and live in a household of fellow entrepreneurs in the midst of a global pandemic?
Throughout the search process, we were seeking to create a cohesive theme for our first cohort. Would it be a similar type of industry? A similar age demographic? Or a similar stage of company?
That's when we had the cliché "Aha moment" which was staring at us in the face all over the space through the very name we chose for this venture.
Emergence (n): the process of coming into being.
That is the common link that ties all of our founders together. They are all relatively early in their entrepreneurial journey, still in the ideation or MVP stage. They have the talent, dedication, and drive to find success in whatever they do but stand to benefit immensely from the educational programming, entrepreneurial resources, and individualized coaching that our Emergence Baltimore team is able to provide.
So without any further ado, please meet our first ever Emergence Baltimore cohort!
Name: Adam Reisfield
Current City: Ramsey, NJ
Venture Name: Emergence Baltimore Venture Apprentice
Description: As he prepared for his next venture, Adam will be working closely with the Emergence Baltimore team to ideate on new commercial opportunities and execute them.
Life Motto: Work hard to make the fun times that much more rewarding.
What excites them the most about Emergence Baltimore: I am excited to be surrounded by vast opportunity and knowledgeable entrepreneurs as I work to find my passion and discover what's next.
Name: Annerley Dal Bianco
Current City: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Venture Name: Vocation Odyssey
Description: Vocation Odyssey is an online educational resource which helps students decide their educational and professional futures using experiential & simulation technology.
Life Motto: Sometimes you have to turn left to know you wanted to turn right
What excites them the most about Emergence Baltimore: Meeting and spending time with like minded people and working toward my dream project. I'm excited to explore Baltimore and expose myself to an entirely new group of people.
Name: Jenn Greenstein
Current City: Hunt Valley, MD
Venture Name: Jenny's Coffeehouse
Description: Jenny’s Coffeehouse aims to create a thoughtfully-designed, inclusive space that fosters productivity, inspires creativity, and adds new value to communities so individuals may connect, develop, and grow. Jenny's will be a sustainable social venture with the first location in Baltimore.
Life Motto: "Do or do not, there is no try." - Yoda
What excites them the most about Emergence Baltimore: The community and making my vision a reality!
Name: Shanice Harris
Current City: Pikesville, MD
Venture Name: Ashan Holistics, LLC
Description: Ashan Holistics creates handmade hair and skin products with HEALTH and BEAUTY intertwined. Their products are vegan and made with clean, non-toxic ingredients that you can pronounce.
Life Motto: Good things come to those who wait, but not to those who wait too late.
What excites them the most about Emergence Baltimore: I just can't wait to see my personal growth as an entrepreneur. I'm not a risk taker and I learned that through my masters program. I don't like putting myself out there but I know that it comes with the role. I can't wait to see the new Shanice whose gotten much more comfortable with being outside of her comfort zone and is a marketing/social networking wizard.
Name: Simdi Onyilofor
Current City: Crownsville, MD
Venture Name: Chillwave
Description: Chillwave is an immersive soundscape podcast featuring meditative binaural beat tapes (for sleep, relaxation, meditation, focus) and open conversations about mental wellness, creativity, self-discovery, and conscious expansion. We explore the potential of the unconscious mind through a series of interactive creative exercises and journaling prompts.
Life Motto: It’s all good in the hood
What excites them the most about Emergence Baltimore: Meeting other entrepreneurs, the wellness programs, and learning how to turn my venture from an idea to an actual sustainable business.
We are so thrilled to have these five entrepreneurs moving into our Emergence Baltimore founder home from September 15 - December 15. Please join us on this three-month journey as we live, learn, and launch together.
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