Equitech Tuesday #136: Bills, Bills, Bills

Baltimore Equitech Community,

It’s hard to underscore the importance of legislation to influence change on our tech ecosystem.

-- Kory Bailey, UpSurge Baltimore CEO

Last week, representatives from Baltimore’s emerging tech hub found their way to Annapolis to testify and advocate on behalf of a number of bills introduced to legislators in the Maryland House of Delegates.

Tech sector leaders like Troy LeMaile-Stovall and the TEDCO team and Maryland Tech Council’s Kelly Schulz are regulars in Annapolis, while GBC’s Mark Anthony Thomas and UpSurge CEO, Kory Bailey offered new perspectives on the continued momentum of Baltimore tech and the potential impact of that momentum for the state of Maryland. Whether this is their 15th session or the 1st, this group of leaders coming together in partnership, aligned around the advancement of innovation and tech startup growth in the Baltimore MSA is important.

Furthermore, the leadership displayed by founders like Juliana Buonano (Techslice), Sherrod Davis (EcoMap), Nick Culbertson (Protenus) and others in support of legislation like the Pava Marie LaPere Act and the Governor’s budget allocations for Baltimore tech shows resilience, commitment and excitement for the impact our growing ecosystem can have on the city, region and state.

These bills provide opportunities for more good ideas to get to market. They set the foundation for more founders to emerge and thrive. They offer incentives for companies to launch and scale. And they give more Marylanders a chance to participate in the economies of the future.

At UpSurge, we celebrate the wealth of diverse leadership in our ecosystem and work to promote a culture of belonging in tech. That starts at Equitech Tuesday and on Bmore Tech Connect. Join us this Tuesday, February 13th, from 6-8 pm at Guilford Hall Brewery and create your profile on Baltimore.tech today.

See you there!

Kory Bailey


UpSurge Baltimore

There’s still time! UpSurge Baltimore is supporting Yolanda Christophe, a Morgan State University PhD candidate, with a study on entrepreneurship. This survey is an opportunity for Baltimore-area startup founders to share their perspective and mindset regarding entrepreneurship as a pathway, and elevate their business’ visibility across the Baltimore ecosystem.

Click here to learn more about the survey, Yolanda’s research, and incentives for completion.

Don’t forget to 📸 a picture while you are there and #ThisIsEquitech when you post!