Power Moves: Eric Somerville from Baltimore is new CEO of Venture for America

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The newly appointed CEO of Venture to America is based in Baltimore.

Eric Somerville is the new CEO of the national non-profit organization, which connects recent college graduates with two-year scholarships in entrepreneurial companies.

He comes to the role after eight years with the Y in central Maryland, where his most recent role was as Vice President of Corporate and Civic Engagement.

“I am deeply passionate about living a life enriched with mindfulness, wellness and service leadership, and the opportunity to lead Venture For America is all of those passions fulfilled,” said Somerville in a press release. “I look forward to bringing the warmth and empathy of mindfulness to our fellowship community, to having a bent for sustainability in my engagements with our supporters and civic leaders, to serving our team in everything. they do and continue to position VFA as the preeminent entrepreneurship scholarship in the United States “

Somerville was chosen after a six-month search. He will continue to be based in Baltimore, which has been one of the cities with the highest number of VFA fellows over the past decade and has an influential alumni network.

It comes on the heels of VFA bringing on Cory J. Anderson as director of Baltimore.


Delali Dzriasa and Nick Culbertson (Courtesy photo)

Baltimore’s tech community had two winners at the annual meeting EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Delali Dzirasa CEO of Intrepid, was awarded after growing the downtown digital services agency to more than 140 employees, as well as playing a leadership role in Baltimore-focused technology initiatives like the Incubator Hutch and the civic hacking coalition Hack Baltimore.

Nick culbertson, CEO of Protenus, won an honor as the Fells Point-based healthcare analytics firm has now grown to 100 employees and recently raised a $ 21 million Series D. Over the past year, the company team has played a leading role in building an inclusive tech workforce coalition. Baltimore tracks.

Nominees for the awards are assessed against six criteria: entrepreneurial leadership; talent management; degree of difficulty; financial performance; societal impact and building a company based on values; and originality, innovation and plans for the future.

A total of 11 CEOs were honored in the mid-Atlantic region.

“Despite the unprecedented challenges of the past year, these heroic leaders have inspired us all with their courage, ambition and unwavering commitment to their businesses, customers and communities,” said AJ Jordan, director of the EY Americas Entrepreneur Of The Year program, in a statement.


Kwame Kuadey (Courtesy photo)

Kwame kuadey is the new president of the Baltimore Entrepreneurs Organization, which runs an accelerator program to help businesses scale to million dollar businesses and beyond. The John hopkins professor and founder of a business consulting firm Successful business lead a newly appointed board of 10 entrepreneurs Maryland companies for a period of two years.

“At the core, we are a collection of like-minded entrepreneurs focused on smart business growth, personal development and community engagement. Exactly what the Baltimore the region needs to exit this 2-year pandemic, ”Kuadey said in a statement.

Board members include:

  • Accelerator chair – Michael Raphael, Direct Dimensions, Inc.
  • Finance Chair – Catherine Goin, OPSPro
  • Forum President – Meredith Ford, FolioCollaborative
  • Co-chair of the Forum – Alan Klug, Services Klug Inc.
  • Communication Chair – Matt Doud, Planit Advertising
  • Learning chair – Melissa Benson, eleven lessons
  • Chairman of Membership – Shannon Roberts, brand designers
  • Co-chair of the members – Marcy Sagel, MSA Interiors
  • Chairman of Membership Engagement – Rick Byrd, Byrd Design and Build LLC
  • Strategic Alliance Chair –Sandeep Thakrar, Neema Hospitality


Samantha Musgrave (Courtesy photo)

Samantha musgrave was promoted to director of the nonprofit internet service provider Project Waves after a stint as interim director.

First COO in 2020, she now leads the entire operation and leads Project Waves for the foreseeable future in 2021.

With the move, founder Adam bouhmad is in the process of becoming Chairman of the First Project Waves Advisory Board. Using full and mesh wireless networks, Project Waves connected 960 Baltimoreans to free internet on its network, according to its recently released first-year report.


Isha Lokurkar (Courtesy photo)

Early charm, the Pigtown-based venture capital studio, continues to grow with the recent hiring of Isha Lokurkar lead business development and technical sales for the Early Charm drug design portfolio. She has experience as a Senior Research Associate and Laboratory Director at Harvard Medical School with a focus on ovarian cancer and diabetes research.

“Isha’s background in scientific research along with his expertise in biotech roadmap planning and go-to-market strategy will go a long way in driving the growth of our portfolio of drug design companies,” said Ken malone, CEO of Early Charm in a press release.

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