Fact Sheet: Founders and Startups


UpSurge Baltimore is building an engine to propel Baltimore into the top tier of US innovation cities. Their work centers on founders, tech-enabled and national-scale businesses, helping to launch, support, grow and celebrate high-impact startups. UpSurge is also developing strategies to attract new companies, talent and capital to Baltimore.

Our Vision for Baltimore

We don’t envision Baltimore as just the next great tech city, but as the world’s first Equitech City.

What is Equitech?

We believe that Equitech is a force multiplier on a tech economy – where diversity is a competitive advantage. It’s the cultural framework for UpSurge, a lens to attract, align and support startups – not a filter to exclude them. Over time, not only will entrepreneurs and investors around the world look to Baltimore as a launching pad for transformational companies, but more Baltimoreans will see the knowledge economy as a pathway for their own upwardly mobile futures.

Why Startups?

Startups and their founders are at the heart of every UpSurge activity.

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. Baltimore’s startups are uniquely sensitive to the dynamics of growing and innovating in an often-underestimated, culturally and racially diverse, post-industrial city.

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Together, we can build a new kind of startup city that is a great place for you and your company to grow, and for your employees to flourish personally and professionally.

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