BALTIMORE, MD—Baker Donelson, a national law firm, today announced the launch of The Light of Baltimore Incubator at Baker Donelson, a partnership with Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Goldman Sachs. As part of the program, Baker Donelson has donated the entire 23rd floor of its Baltimore office, located at 100 Light Street, to a diverse group of 26 small Baltimore businesses in a wide variety of industries.
A press conference with Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott was held October 11 to formally introduce the partnership.
The partnership arose from a brainstorming phone call between Jennifer Curry, managing shareholder of Baker Donelson’s Baltimore office, and Alicia Wilson, vice president of Economic Development and Community Partnerships at Johns Hopkins University and the Johns Hopkins Health System. During the call, they talked about how to partner in a creative way to drive transformational change for Baltimore, its residents, and its small businesses. As law school classmates and now leaders in their respective institutions, they strategized about how to leverage the investments of their respective institutions for that goal.
In addition to providing physical office space, Baker Donelson will provide free resources to support members of the incubator, including mentorship and leadership, as well as education sessions on various areas of law such as labor and employment, intellectual property, technology, cybersecurity, venture capital, contracts, and more. The goal is to provide ongoing opportunities for participants to learn about various business and legal practices that will help them on their business journeys.
As part of Baker Donelson’s commitment to create and support a diverse workforce, members of the incubator will be included in Baker Donelson’s Women’s Initiative program and will have the opportunity to get involved in the Firm’s DEI activities.