UpSurge began partnering with Techstars in Baltimore in 2023. Through this engagement, we have learned how important intentional partnerships with accelerators are to our work and to startup advancement. Techstars is a unique asset for the Baltimore Tech ecosystem that brings investment capital, national recognition, and powerful networks to Baltimore. Based in Baltimore, Techstars Equitech is a three-year partnership focused on growing early-stage tech startups grounded in the values of diversity and inclusion. The Techstars Founder Catalyst sponsored by Stanley Black & Decker is a pre-accelerator program. In 2021, this program brought 33 diverse founders leading 20 idea-stage tech startups to Baltimore. Across both programs, UpSurge connected these founders with resources, mentors, and community in the Baltimore area.