Entrepreneurship Unplugged

Entrepreneurship Unplugged will return fall 2017!

Meet successful entrepreneurs, hear their stories and learn what it takes to launch a business. The entire TU community is invited to attend these intimate events. Space is limited, so get there early. Bring your lunch and come with questions!

Past Events and Entrepreneur Speakers

Joan Kanner

Feb. 14, West Village Commons, Room 305

“Food, Food, Food” with Joan Kanner & Michelle Bond, Co-founders, Bottoms Up Bagels and Karmic Messenger. ** Special immersion session** Sign up with Jan Baum to visit Bmore Kitchen after the speaker event. Email jbaum@towson.edu for more details.

Frank DeSantis

Feb. 21, West Village Commons, Room 305

“Innovation and Intrapreneurship in a Fortune 500” with Frank DeSantis ’99, VP of Innovation & Breakthrough Technology, Stanley Black & Decker. ** Special immersion session**Email jbaum@towson.edu for more details.

Entrepreneurship Unplugged

Feb. 28, University Union 306

“Research to Entrepreneurship” with faculty entrepreneur Ziying Tang



Shahab Kaviani

March 7, Smith Hall 420

“Building Successful Startup Teams” with Shahab Kaviani, Serial Entrepreneur, Founder, Launch Academy

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March 14, Hawkins Hall 113

“Meaningful Conversations through Podcasts” with Jay Jacksonrao, Founder and CEO of TNP Solutions



Kevin Keenahan & Josh Budman

March 28, Linthicum Hall 111

“Medical Imaging, Machine Learning to Track Wounds”with Kevin Keenahan & Josh Budman, Co-Founders, Tissue Analytics

Andy Grossman

April 11, Smith Hall, room 420

“Medical Marijuana Opportunities” with Andy Grossman of GTI


Funlayo Alabi

Funlayo Alabi

Alabi is the founder and CEO of SheaRadiance, an all-natural skin and haircare product line that grew out of Alabi's kitchen to bring sold in marketing across the country.  SheaRadiance came to a point of almost folding, but like a true entrepreneur, Alabi dug deep and stayed true to her values. Now the business is growing once again. Alabi and her journey were recently profiled in a Forbes article.


Anthony Michael Bustillos

Bustillos is the Founder and CEO of FITREC, a social fitness app that allows users to connect based on geographical location based on interests and fitness level. FITREC is poised to reinvent how we exercise by establishing fitness communities in neighborhoods, cities, nations, and throughout the world, in order to maintain health and fitness goals and increase longevity.

Phil DiMuro

Phil DiMuro

DiMuro is the founder of Loople, an app that helps users find restaurant deals and more in their neighborhood.

Larry Fiorino

Larry Fiorino '84

Fiorino is the founder, president and CEO of G.1440, a leading integrated digital marketing and design firm based in Baltimore. A serial entrepreneur, Fiorino graduated with his degree in business administration from TU. 


Bobby Gattuso

As a student at TU, Gattuso founded Hop Theory, which makes hop-filled "cachets" for beer drinkers to dunk into their brews to enhance the flavor and make regular brews taste like craft beer. 


Brooke Hall and Justin Allen

Brooke Hall and Justin Allen are the founders of What Weekly, a culture and lifestyle blog for Baltimore and Light City Baltimore, the first large-scale lights festival in the United States. 


Ellyn Sheffield

Sheffield is a research professor of psychology at TU and the co-founder and CEO of verb8tm, a leading captioning and transcription services whose clients include NPR. 

Burck Smith

Burck Smith

Smith is the CEO of StraighterLine, a U.S. based educational company offering higher-education online courses that are meant to fulfill general core requirements for college and university bachelor degrees at a more affordable price.

Carolyn Yarina

Carolyn Yarina

Yarina is the CEO and Co-Founder at Sisu Global Health, a social enterprise performing research in Ghana, Zimbabwe, and India in an effort to end healthcare disparities by developing medical technology accessible to people all around the world. Yarina has won several prestigious awards throughout her career, including the Harry E. Benford Entrepreneurial Award in 2012.