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EnterpRISE at Open Works Application Deadline

Are you a maker? Do you have a great product idea? A revolutionary manufacturing process?

Building a business is hard. That’s why we’re launching EnterpRISE at Open Works. More than just a pitch contest, it’s a 6-week business boot camp designed to help you RISE!

Open Works is one of the largest nonprofit makerspaces in the United States, packed with 7 different fabrication workshops, a computer lab, two classrooms, 140 small studio spaces, and a coffee shop! We are designed to support artists, craftspeople, and small businesses no matter where they are on their journey. We offer membership access to tools; affordable studio rentals; and a wide variety of classes for both young people and adults.


Applicants must be a resident of Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or District of Columbia 16 years or older.

We are specifically looking for product- or manufacturing-based ideas, but will consider all ventures that could leverage a makerspace to grow.

Nonprofits and social enterprises are also welcome to apply.

Teams of up to five accepted.

Employees of Open Works are not eligible.


Baltimore Development Corporation The Abell Foundation TEDCO


  • Physical product
  • Service


  • Cleantech and Energy
  • Fashion and Design
  • Gaming
  • Healthcare and Biotechnology
  • Retail and Commerce
  • Social Enterprise
  • Other