2023 Impact Update

Increasing Connectivity and Professionalizing Collaboration

Increasing Connectivity and Professionalizing Collaboration

In 2023, UpSurge continued to bring together key stakeholder groups in our tech ecosystem, engaging them in the Equitech aspiration to build a thriving and equitable innovation hub. UpSurge worked to foster increased engagement by the public and private sectors in Baltimore’s tech ecosystem, ensuring the tech ecosystem is resourced to create fertile ground for entrepreneurs, tech leaders, and talent. By the end of the year, we validated a new strategy to better engage startups with regional customers as well as amplify their national exposure.

Equitech Tuesdays

A Gathering Place for Baltimore Tech

In 2023, Equitech Tuesday was the gathering place for the Baltimore Tech community.


Gatherings at...


Locations across Baltimore, with...



Equitech Tuesday Title Partners

Equitech Tuesdays

“The Baltimore Digital Equity Coalition was pleased to partner with UpSurge Baltimore to host a Coalition Happy Hour at an Equitech Tuesday. While we had an amazing time in fellowship the work still must continue. One of the tenets of successful coalition-building is collaboration. The Baltimore Digital Equity Coalition is proud to have UpSurge as a member and looks forward to collaborating to close the digital divide and make Baltimore an Equitech City. With increased digital equity, our City is better.”

- Cody L. Dorsey, Executive Director Baltimore Digital Equity Coalition

Stakeholder Mobilization & Infrastructure Building

We are building the network and professional engine to pursue game-changing opportunities for Baltimore’s tech economy through...

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Roundtables with Baltimore founders, industry groups, and institutions
National network building like the South By Southwest Equitech Breakfast
Raising institutional funding for Baltimore Tech through EDA Tech Hubs proposal and Black Tech Week RFP, collectively worth $75M
Changing the narrative through Baltimore Tech Tours for key stakeholders

In 2023, UpSurge helped unlock $65,000,000 for Baltimore Tech ecosystem infrastructure, the foundational programs, resources, and partnerships that enable innovation.


“Until UpSurge was started, I was forced to go outside of Baltimore for all of the core aspects needed to build a business including funding, customers, and employee talent. As a Baltimore founder, UpSurge is a long overdue movement that will finally bring the support founders need to start, grow and stay in Baltimore long term.”

– Kristen Valdes, CEO at b.well Connected Health



Shifting the Baltimore Narrative

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