Community Programs

Crab Tank Pitch Competition

Five startup founders will compete for a chance to win $25,000 in the second Crab Tank Startup Pitch Competition at Amplify 2022. Crab Tank was established to spotlight small to medium businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs in Baltimore. The competition, sponsored by M&T Bank, provides local business owners an opportunity to compete for the $25,000 grand prize and $2,500 people’s choice award. 

The finalists were selected through an application process, then reviewed by Homecoming host committee members, community advisors, and previous Crab Tank participants. The 2019winner Arion Long, Founder of Femly, credits the competition with enabling the creation of her company’s first prototype for its proprietary feminine hygiene dispenser. To support our pitching companies we are partnering with Pitch Creator to support and prepare our participants for the competition. Pitch Creator is an education platform that teaches entrepreneurs how to communicate with investors and raise growth capital for their businesses.

Our Crab Tank Pitching Companies have been announced! Check them out here.

The Homecoming Hero Awards

The public nomination phase launched in Fall of 2021 to identify individuals who have had a significant impact on Baltimore. Nominations were narrowed down by members of the Baltimore Homecoming host committee representing business, nonprofit, and community leaders, including past Homecoming Hero award winners. In selecting the top ten semi-finalists, the committee considered the various challenges the nominees address; their capacity to transform the lives of individuals; and the potential of the nominee’s work to create a new model for change. The five finalists were selected via a public online voting process. They were invited to share their stories on stage at Amplify 2022, Baltimore Homecoming’s annual event and receive a $3,000 cash prize. The 10 semi-finalists will also have a chance to participate in the T. Rowe Price Foundation’s capacity building program. Check out our heroes from previous years here.

Who are our Homecoming Heroes

Homecoming Heroes are community leaders, activists, artists, leaders of nonprofit organizations, small business owners, and innovators who have dedicated their lives to making Baltimore a better city every day. Their nominations and selections are entirely public, democratic selections – making this recognition one that bears the Homecoming name but is bestowed upon them by Baltimore itself. Heroes come from all walks of life and are bound by the tireless work they have chosen to benefit the people, families, and communities in which they are embedded.

Our 2022 Homecoming Heroes have been announced! Visit the Baltimore Sun webpage here to learn more!

The Campaign for Baltimore’s Heroes

The Campaign is dedicated to raising funds for the multiple organizations helping to build a brighter future for Baltimore. This year, we met our $500K milestone in our goal to raise $1,000,000 for these organizations. Times have been difficult, but with the unwavering support of our network of leaders, changemakers, and alumni we can continue to strengthen our commitment to Baltimore. Join in contributing to our diverse network of people, programs, investors, and ideas making our city shine!

Baltimore Homecoming Field Trips

As part of the effort to spotlight the organizations uplifting the city, the Homecoming Field Trips will take guests to a number of locations. The Field Trip RFP is a public submission process to collect proposals for potential field trip sites for Baltimore Homecoming’s annual event. The purpose is to select and provide several potential field trip sites and provide returning alumni with new experiences through these diverse non-profit organizations.

Baltimore’s Cultural Center Revitalized

This field trip will tour West and Central Baltimore to meet several organizations addressing educational and socioeconomic gaps in the city. Guests will get an inside look of these historic hubs and see how they’ve been reshaped into new thriving resources. This trip will feature: Art with A Heart, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore Unity Hall, and No Boundaries Coalition.

A Take On New Talent

This field trip will tour East Baltimore to visit Project JumpStart at the revitalized Hoen & Co. Lithograph building, and Emerging Technology Centers (ETC) in the former King Cork & Seal building – two historic buildings that have been revitalized to support Baltimore’s workforce.

New Models of Community Collaboration

This field trip will engage with organizations that are bringing equity to underserved communities. Guests will learn about a new collective model of philanthropy supporting Black-led organizations, and how a web of partners came together to bring Wi-Fi to entire neighborhoods. This tour will feature Roca Baltimore, Baltimore Legacy Builders, Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center at the B&O Railroad Museum, Catholic Charities, SBLC Learning Works, and United Way of Central Maryland in West &South Baltimore.

Baltimore Conversations

Baltimore Conversations is Baltimore Homecoming’s virtual content series where we highlight & connect some of our most interesting alumni and inspiring locals. 19 conversations featured over 60 panelists including 13 notable alumni, 19 local nonprofits, and 15 businesses. Check out our Vimeo page for more!