The ETC has been abuzz over the last thirteen weeks as the AccelerateBaltimore Cohort, a hand-picked group of six promising startups with great ideas and even better teams, worked tirelessly to develop their MVP, build initial traction, and hone their pitches. With funding from the Abell Foundation, mentorship from local companies and entrepreneurs, and endless support from the ETC, this year's AccelerateBaltimore Cohort was introduced to the Baltimore Tech community at Demo Day last Wednesday night. Needless to say, each of the six startups showed great promise through well-crafted presentations, initial product renditions, and a whole lot of Baltimore spirit.
BrinkBit - A technically focused team of developers with a love of gaming and a knack for creativity, Bryan Bamford, Evan Fuller, and Justin Livi, are working to make game development and deployment more accessible, streamlined, and enjoyable for everyone involved, all while taking over the new market of HTML5 gaming.
ShapeU - A large team of current Hopkins students, headed up by electrical and computer engineering undergrad Seal-bin Han, has come up with a way to help people not just make but actually keep their fitness goals. Through partnerships directly with gym's, ShapeU engages users by making working out a social event, building community that leads to fitness commitment.
Full Society - A team of female founders lead by Paige Cantlin, a Hopkins economics grad turned Carey Business School MBA student, is aiming to benefit the local community while streamlining the payment process for restaurant patrons and servers alike. For every meal purchased through the Full Society app, a donation will provide a meal for those in need.
Promotious - As a unified co-founding team of excited Hopkins grads who love being in Baltimore, Sunyan Lee, Stanley Ho and Yiran Zhang, are working to improve the opportunities for local businesses to communicate with millennials. By using beacon technology, businesses can push deal notifications directly to their customers mobile devices before they walk by.
Baggio - Tomika and Corey Meyers, a husband and wife team, are bringing their professional business careers, familiarity with patent law, and their experience as parents together with Baggio, a merging of sensor technology with stylish diaper bag, purse, backpack, and luggage products, to make sure that no one ever finds themselves without the things they need again.
Visable - A team of three Hopkins grads, Matt Longley, Charlie Sido, and Ben Schuster, who set out on their own independent corporate careers, only to come back together as friends to change the way careers start. By improving the process and reducing the stress for connecting the right people to the right jobs, Visable makes the campus recruiting experience better for everyone.
This year's cohort was particularly diverse in team background, company vertical, and target market, making for a great representation of Baltimore's own diversity of culture, interests, and history, all in celebration of the many opportunities that this city offers its entrepreneurs. As the evening wrapped up, ETC President Deb Tillet certainly said it best - "amidst the chaos, the Baltimore tech community, Baltimore's community, is always strong."
And as a shameless plug, we were so happy to serve as in-kind sponsors of AccelerateBaltimore Demo Day through the design and production of the program and by lending Margaret's critical eye for design and presentation coaching as a program mentor. We're always honored to support the ETC Community of Baltimore's best and brightest entrepreneurs and any we'll take every opportunity to show our thanks to the ETC!