Salisbury University is launching a coworking and maker space - Baltimore


Apr. 24, 2017 10:23 am

Salisbury University is launching a coworking and maker space

The university received a $5.5 million gift for its new Center of Entrepreneurship, which will be located in downtown Salisbury.

Salisbury U.

(Courtesy photo)

A new entrepreneurship center is coming to the Eastern Shore by 2020.

Salisbury University announced a $5.5 million gift from Dave and Patsy Rommel to benefit the university’s new Center of Entrepreneurship.

Along with the Rommel Construction Group, Dave Rommel operates Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealerships and Ace hardware stores in the mid-Atlantic. Rommel said the couple wants to “offer a new resource to help students start the businesses of tomorrow.”

Located in the center of town, the space will have coworking space and offices for student startups and the winners of the university’s Shore Hatchery Entrepreneurship Competition. The center will also have a makerspace for robotics and 3D prototyping, and store that sells products made in the space.

The Center for Entrepreneurship's future home. (Photo courtesy of Salisbury University)

The Center for Entrepreneurship’s future home. (Photo courtesy of Salisbury University)

“While students will be the center’s primary users, this new complex will present a number of opportunities for local businesses, as well,” William Burke, the university’s executive director for economic development, said in a statement. “Current business owners will have the chance to share their expertise, resources and insights with budding entrepreneurs while reaping the benefits of working with a new generation of business leaders.”


It’s the latest sign of support for startups on the Eastern Shore, which also has four locations of hotDesks coworking spaces.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is Market Editor for Baltimore and DC. A graduate of Northeastern University, he moved to Baltimore following stints in New Orleans and Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Baltimore Fishbowl, NOLA Defender, Times-Picayune and the Rio Grande Sun.

  • Wow that’s great news! Congrats to Salisbury University for being so forward-thinking – a coworking space (especially with a maker space) will be so useful for their students and recent graduates. Looking forward to seeing it up on once it’s launched 🙂


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