The Baltimore Entrepreneurship & Leadership Network (BELN) is a group of leaders of social entrepreneurship and leadership programs serving Baltimore.
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BELN’s mission is to support organizations that help aspiring and existing entrepreneurs and leaders develop their knowledge, skills, connections and access to resources, with the overarching goal of building on the assets of, and responding to the challenges facing, underserved Baltimore residents and communities.
Each of our programs has a different structure and offers different content. Yet there are values that we share, and which serve to distinguish our work from that of other organizations.
Supporting Participants’ Growth as Leaders and Social Entrepreneurs
We support participants’ growth as individuals, leaders and social entrepreneurs through diverse means including: academic study, reflective learning, skills-building, peer exchanges, community partnerships, mentorship, and networking
Strengthening Non-profit Organizations, Mission-Driven Enterprises, and Public Agencies
Our participants are current or aspiring leaders in the non-profit, private and public sectors. We help participants strengthen the entities where they work or with whom they have internships or partnerships.
Improving Outcomes for Baltimore Residents and Communities
We view entrepreneurship and leadership as vehicles for listening to, learning from, and working with Baltimore residents, to benefit individuals, families, and their communities. In partnership with residents, our programs seek to address Baltimore City’s racial and wealth inequities.