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Pioneering. Diverse. Thriving.

We’re not trying to be just the next great TECH city. We’re becoming the country’s first Equitech city.

UpSurge is being launched to propel Baltimore into the top tier of innovation cities. We’re students of the country’s brain hubs–cities we admire–but we want to be uniquely Baltimore in our approach. We’re mobilizing around a new vision: to be the country’s first Equitech city.

Equitech is about building an innovation economy where all belong. It’s a force-multiplier, building on the proven benefits of diverse teams, leaders and perspectives. Equitech is a lens to attract, align and support startups – not a filter to exclude them.

Building Baltimore’s Knowledge Economy

UpSurge is both an ecosystem builder focused on launching Baltimore as the country’s first Equitech city.  It’s also an investment engine. UpSurge Investments’ first project is bringing Techstars to Baltimore–a global platform for founders and innovation. Other investment pools will be launched over time.

Long-term, our goal is to shift the trajectory of Baltimore with more knowledge-economy companies. More quality jobs. More pathways to prosperity for Baltimoreans.

If we’re successful, not only will entrepreneurs and investors around the world look at Baltimore as a launching pad, but more Baltimoreans, from across the city, will see the knowledge economy as a pathway for their upwardly mobile futures.

Why startups?

Startups are the backbone of the world’s thriving cities. As they scale, they deliver the kind of quality jobs that provide a pathway to prosperity, wealth creation, stable families and neighborhoods.

We have what it takes: renowned institutions, an ideal location, affordable and attractive real estate, and creative, brilliant, determined, people. We’re mobilizing our innovators and initiatives into a movement for inclusive growth of our remarkable—but too-often underestimated—city.

In ten years, the world will look to Baltimore as a different kind of startup city.


If we can do it here, it can be a model for the world.

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