Sarge Salman

President at Proximity Project, Inc.

Baltimore, Maryland Area
Nonprofit Organization Management
  1. Proximity Project, Inc.,
  2. TEDxBaltimore,
  3. Bmore Lean LLC
  1. Howard County Economic Development Authority,
  2. TEDxMidAtlantic,
  3. Johns Hopkins University
  1. Colby College
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  • Lean Startup
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Technology Transfer
  • Intellectual Property
  • Innovation Management
  • Community Building
  • Meetup
  • Fly Fishing
  • Coaching
  • TEDx
  • Patents
  • Start-ups
  • Business Development
  • Business Strategy
  • Product Development
  • Licensing
  • Strategy
  • Commercialization
  • Management
  • CRM
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Leadership
  • Analysis
  • Marketing
  • Management Consulting
  • Fundraising
  • Executive Management
  • Public Speaking
  • Project Planning
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Brand Development
  • Sustainability
  • Research
  • Strategic Planning
  • Consulting
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INNOVATION: motivated technologist focused on the commercialization of innovations in knowledge-driven enterprises and street-level communities

COMMUNITY: organizer of anchor groups that nurture engagement, learning, and action. Leveraging and leading community assets for the greater good

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: leading Lean Startup facilitator and coach. Mentor & judge at Lean Startup Machine DC and Startup Weekend Baltimore

• Startup/Entrepreneurship
• Community Development
• Business Development
• Innovation Management

• Life sciences, biotech, physical sciences, medical devices, engineering, renewable energy, cleantech, software



Proximity Project, Inc.
– Present (5 months)Baltimore, Maryland Area

A non-profit organization with a unique mission:

To showcase and promote Baltimore’s intellectual and economic assets, and to create the conditions for economic growth and improved quality of life for all

As the Founder my role is:
> To articulate the organizational vision
> To shape the organizational culture to deliver the vision

Our Initiatives:
>> TEDxBALTIMORE CONFERENCE: Friday Jan 30, 2015; expecting 1,500 attendees
>> PROXIMITY-TECH MAGAZINE: paid fellowship for student writers working under the tutelage of professional editors, covering technology and the business of technology. Circulation of 100,000. First issue to be published in early 2015
>> CH77: Collaboration with Baltimore City Public Schools Education Channel 77. Student-produced short programs: Baltimore Pioneers; Baltimore Business.

Licensee & Curator

– Present (2 years 5 months)Baltimore, Maryland Area

An ambitious vision that embraces ideas and people to craft a Baltimore narrative for the 21st century through Conferences + Initiatives + Events that promote COMMUNITY, LEARNING, and ACTION.

• Program host, conference curation, speaker coaching
• Brand development, social media strategy, marketing
• Community engagement strategy, program development, volunteer management
• Donor outreach & fundraising

> TEDxBaltimore: Re-wired (Jan 25, 2013; Co-organizer: Jennifer Meyer): Talks, ; Photos:
> TEDxBaltimoreLive (Feb 27, 2013; Co-organizer: Daniel Atzmon)
> TEDxCity2.0 (Sep 20, 2013; Co-organizers: Daniel Atzmon, Elaine Asal, Nicolette Louissaint)
> TEDxWomen (Dec 5, 2013; Co-organizer: Monica Guerrero)
> TEDxBaltimore: Pioneers, O Pioneers! (Jan 31, 2014)

Leveraging local skills and ingenuity in collaborations that develop solutions to “Problems Worth Solving”
> Project CASL: simultaneous live streaming sign language interpretation
> Project 41B: recorded sign language interpretations of TED/TEDx videos
> Project Calliope: airborne cinematography + GPS + open data

Year-round informal gatherings that engage and promote the community
> TEDxBaltimore Lunch: monthly gatherings limited to 12 participants
> TEDxBaltimore Adventures: active, immersive, and unique events


Bmore Lean LLC
– Present (2 years 2 months)Baltimore, Maryland Area

Consulting services that empower innovators and entrepreneurs to be more customer-focused, to stop wasting time, and be more successful!

> Hands-on teaching and mentoring: Lean Startup principles, Customer Development skills, Business Model development, LinkedIn tools

> Customer Development Workshop @ Social Innovation Lab/JHU (Dec 2013)
> Bmore Lean @ BWTECH (Jul 2013): 4-session workshop for startup founders at UMBC incubator focused on teaching Customer Development skills with introduction to LinkedIn
> Lean Startup Machine DC (Mentor & judge, Aug 2012, Nov 2012, Mar 2013): the world's leading bootcamp on Lean Startup methodology. Provides participants with a valuable framework of tools, techniques and resources designed to help early-stage companies identify key customers and iterate their products quickly
> Lean Startup Workshop @ Social Innovation Lab/JHU (Dec 2012): 2-session workshop to teach Customer Development skills
> Startup Weekend Baltimore (Organizer, Sep 2012): A 54-hour event where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups! Powered by the Kauffman Foundation

> Baltimore Lean Startup meetup (Founder, Apr 2012 - present): community of 500+ intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs spanning dozens of industry sectors. Monthly meetings & workshops
Presentation library:
Presentation videos:

Consultant, Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship

Howard County Economic Development Authority
(3 months)Columbia, Maryland

The Accelerator of Commercial Technology (ACT) is a partnership between the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE) and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) to accelerate the commercialization of technologies developed at APL through startups incubated at MCE.

News coverage:

• Developed high-throughput rapid model to evaluate invention/patent portfolios, and identify commercialization champions to lead startup efforts
• Recruited entrepreneur mentors and technology reviewers for undertaking
• Managed the evaluation of inaugural cohort of APL inventions
• Developed community outreach program to promote MCE services and membership


(1 year 9 months)Washington D.C. Metro Area

An annual two-day TEDx conference that gathers 40+ speakers and 800+ attendees for “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Licensee: Dave Troy

• Speaker recruitment & coaching
• Donor outreach & fundraising

> TEDxMidAtlantic: Be Fearless (Oct 26-27, 2012). Talks, ; Photos:
> TEDxMidAtlantic: Start Now (Oct 25-26, 2013)

Technology Licensing Associate

Johns Hopkins University
(10 months)Baltimore, Maryland Area

Johns Hopkins University ranks first in total research expenditures ($1.8b) and is the leading recipient of federal research support. Managing large portfolio of Intellectual Property assets. Purview includes School of Medicine, Whiting School of Engineering, Krieger School of Arts & Science.

• Cradle-to-grave management of 118 inventions (44 issued patents, 140 pending applications, 13 active licenses)
• Review of invention disclosures for patentability and commercial potential; recommendation of technology transfer path
• Management of patent prosecution (US and foreign filings) and maintenance, including oversight of legal staff
• Cost control through portfolio pruning and judicious patent filing strategy
• Development of business intelligence through understanding of IP landscapes, market segments, product development pipelines, and revenue streams
• Commercial outreach, cultivation of industry relations with focus on aligning Johns Hopkins IP assets with licensee needs
• Collaboration with in-house marketing staff to develop and deploy targeted marketing campaigns
• Valuation of technologies; vetting of licensees
• Negotiation of Option, License, and Inter-Institutional Agreements with start-up entities and established companies
• Development and maintenance of relationships with faculty; outreach to inventors; IP and commercialization education; solicitation of new invention disclosures
• Licensing Executive Society Masters Course
• Regulation of Medical Devices (JHU CBID course)

Licensing Associate

University of Colorado at Boulder
(3 months)

The University of Colorado is a leading public institution attracting >$800m in annual research funding, and is a Top-10 university for launching start-up companies

• Identification and evaluation of invention disclosures for patentability and monetization potential; inventor guidance through patenting process
• Evaluation of commercial landscapes: developments and trends with focus on exploiting innovation gaps; identification of funding and partnership opportunities
• SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Workshop

Associate, Intellectual Property

Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company)
(1 year 3 months)Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Masdar City is a $22b development that aims to be a zero carbon, zero waste and a 100% renewable energy-powered community for 90,000 persons.

• Development of comprehensive IP strategy for zero waste, carbon-neutral city development in alignment with Master Plan and technology roadmaps
• Drafting of patent landscape maps; analysis of competitive landscapes; identification of developments, trends, and gaps
• Development of innovation metrics for review of technology business cases
• Formulation and implementation of procedures for harvesting technical innovations; review of patentability and alignment with strategy
• Management of external attorneys for the drafting and prosecution of Masdar’s patent applications and trademark filings
• Strategy development for the capture, storage, and exploitation of project knowledge
• Initiation of Masdar Knowledge Series (biweekly lectures), Masdar Knowledge Base (web portal), Masdar Encyclopedia
• Review committee: first-level audit and culling of nominee submissions for achievements that reflect innovation in renewable energy and sustainability

President & Founder

Medialux Corp.
(8 years)Fort Collins, Colorado Area

FIELDS: chemistry, biology, real estate





Inviragen Inc.
(2 years)Fort Collins, Colorado Area

FIELD: vaccines

Inviragen is developing a unique tetravalent vaccine to protect against dengue fever




Additional Info

  1. Interests

    • Innovation,
    • TEDx,
    • Community Building,
    • Lean Startup,
    • Customer Development,
    • Entrepreneurship,
    • Technology Transfer,
    • Product Development
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