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UB incubator space getting a facelift

9-21-2016 BALTIMORE, MD- John Zuknick, Manager of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business seen here showing off the Edward Attman adn Mildred Cohen Attman Student Incubator that is currently under construction. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

John Zuknick, Manager of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business seen here showing off the Edward Attman and Mildred Cohen Attman Student Incubator that is currently under construction. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

The University of Baltimore is revamping the incubator space run by its Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation so it can accommodate more emerging, student-run businesses.

Last year, the center housed 19 businesses in a suite of seven small offices, and several more student ventures were looking for space, John Zuknick, the center’s manager, told The Daily Record this week.

That arrangement was too cramped and uncomfortable, he said.

But thanks to about $165,000 in raised funds, the center is converting that suite into an open, shared workspace that should better accommodate the university’s startups.

The new space is named for Edward and Mildred Cohen Attman, whose family foundation provided much of the funding for the project.

Much of the center’s work is funded by donations and volunteer assistance, Zuknick said. ”

We bootstrap,” he joked. “We teach the meaning of bootstrapping.”

The center allows UBs student and recent alumni — if they’ve graduated within five years — start or grow a business, Zuknick said. Entrepreneurs are connected with mentors and coaching as well as financing opportunities, he said.

In 2015, the center’s 19 member businesses — 12 of them new startups — took in more than $1.4 million in revenue and created 36 jobs, he said.

The renovated incubator space is expected to open later this year.

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