Equitech Tuesday #137: Love & Baltimore

Baltimore Tech Community,

At the 1 year anniversary of UpSurge, I offered, “If NY is about Money, LA is about Fame and DC is about Power, then what is Baltimore about? Baltimore is about Love.” We have all heard the expression… Love is patient. Love is kind. But as Kondwani Fidel’s, “Love is not enough” reminds us, love also gets mistaken for sacrifice and suffering.

-- Kory Bailey, UpSurge Baltimore CEO

Baltimore has suffered through its share of trauma and yet, time after time, the people of this city emerge stronger and more resilient. Over the past 10 years, leaders across the tech and entrepreneurship community have been working tirelessly to put Baltimore’s tech scene on the map. In the last 6 months, we have experienced both tremendous loss and significant progress, each marked by an element of love, and now we find ourselves more connected than ever and ready to seize the moment. As the EDA Tech Hubs Phase 2 proposal process draws to a close, it’s time to put the Baltimore MSA’s shared plans and priorities into action.

It’s time to embrace our brilliance, share our successes, maximize our greatest assets, and create a new narrative for Baltimore. It takes leaders, change-makers, and risk-takers. Innovators and creators. Academics, artists, and activists. People from all generations and all walks of life committed to doing their part to lead and share their talents to make our city, region and state the best it can be.

Baltimore Tech’s founders are doing just that.

In his speech at Visit Baltimore’s Annual Meeting, Governor Moore said, “I would rather flirt with my failures, than to never dance with my joys.” Each day, the founders in our tech community take risks, and make choices, that change the trajectory of our city.

Dan Lunz (Previse) announced the relocation and opening of a new state-of-the-art CLIA lab in Baltimore.

Dr. Liz Clayborne (NasaClip) was recognized by Governor Moore in his State of the State address.

Juliana Buonanno (Techslice), Sherrod Davis (EcoMap), and Nick Culbertson (Protenus) are also making their presence felt in Annapolis, supporting important legislation targeting everything from student entrepreneurship to public safety.

Kristen Valdes (b.well Connected Health) is lending her expertise to major healthcare providers aligning around data interoperability to set Maryland on a path to unparalleled growth in digital health.

These founders are creating world-class companies and, as a community, we must do what we can to support their ideas, their growth, and their success. Standing on the sidelines is not an option. For that reason we are proud to announce the following Baltimore Tech offerings and partnerships:

Scaling Deep: a fractal leadership program for women in Baltimore’s tech and startup ecosystem (Register Today)

2/27 – BDEC’s 2nd Annual Maryland Digital Equity Day!

3/1 – CIAA Tech House Summit House

3/8 – Equitech Texas Welcome Breakfast @ SXSW

If you are attending SXSW, please share your email address with UpSurge, so we can add you to the Coordle group we are establishing to experience Austin as a connected Baltimore Tech ecosystem. Let’s show up together and show the love we have for each other and for Baltimore.

And join us tomorrow, February 20th, from 6-8 pm at Guilford Hall Brewery as we come together to discuss it all at Equitech Tuesday.

See you there!

Kory Bailey
UpSurge Baltimore

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