The Work



UpSurge Meeting Discussion Team Concept

1. UpSurge Ecosystem work is focused on building the Equitech culture and framework, supporting and problem-solving for entrepreneurs, attracting investment, companies and talent, and telling the Baltimore story around the world.

2. UpSurge Community Teams led by local leaders who develop the detailed strategies that the UpSurge backbone team will focus on. Join us!

3. UpSurge Investments will invest directly in companies that build the Baltimore ecosystem. First up: we’re sponsoring a new Techstars Accelerator in Baltimore. Why Techstars? They’re the leading city ecosystem accelerator in the  world. Ten new companies each year will be selected from 1000s of applicants to live, work, play and grow in Baltimore. And we’ll use the Techstars megaphone to tell Baltimore’s story to an innovation community of more than 17,000 investors, entrepreneurs and thought leaders.

Big Vision. Concrete actions.

Founders & Companies

Our first priority is doing what it takes on behalf of Baltimore startups: launching, engaging, attracting, connecting, retaining, investing.

How we’re supporting companies’ successes:

  • Customer intros
  • Investor intros
  • Direct investment via Techstars
  • Founder coaching/curriculum
  • Peer networks
  • Mentors
  • Just-in-time support
  • Inclusive practices/resource sharing


Growing local capital and attracting outside capital into the ecosystem is key to being sure that companies have the funding to grow.

We’re looking across the country to educate and connect investors to opportunities in Baltimore.

  • Comprehensive data on local companies raising capital
  • Relationship development—local and national
  • Intelligent targeting of angel, venture, private equity, family office and other investors


Growing companies need a growing talent pool. We’re focused on attracting and retaining talent, and on building new talent pathways.

We’re developing approaches to grow from inside and outside Baltimore.

  • Contract with national search firm for recruitment
  • Talent clearinghouse
  • Engage with career teams at universities
  • Support talent development pathways
  • Target talent nomads

Brand & Marketing

We’re done being modest about our accomplishments: it’s time to tell the Baltimore innovation story to the world and to rally the country around Equitech.

We’re focused on narratives that create awareness and excitement, and shift the perception of Baltimore.

  • Baltimore as the nation’s first Equitech City
  • Local and national PR
  • Bank of success stories and proof points
  • Marketing engine for targeted outreach and lead generation
  • National identity

Collaboration & Connection

Building bridges within and across the local & national innovation world.

In Baltimore and across the country, we’re connecting startups, corporations, incubators, accelerators and funders.

  • UpSurge Teams build bridges and drive strategy
  • Working groups bring together ecosystem partners to build awareness and pursue opportunities
  • Intros for startups to corporate innovation teams as customers and advisors
  • Social networks for relationship building
  • Salons where founders connect with other edge thinkers—artists, writers, scientists, civic leaders


Sign up to join an UpSurge Team.