The UpShot: 🚀 Welcome, Techstars Equitech! 🚀

🚀 Welcome Techstars Equitech! 🚀

Yesterday, we welcomed the Techstars Equitech Accelerator’s 2024 cohort – 10 AI-centered companies who will be accelerating in Baltimore for 13 weeks! Take a few minutes to get to know them.

As they embark on this amazing new chapter in their founding journey, Adam H. Phillips, MD at Techstars Equitech had this to say about Baltimore:

These are exciting times in Baltimore! The weather is turning, the Orioles are in spring training and a whole new set of Techstars Equitech companies have arrived in Charm City. I can’t wait to introduce you to them, and connect them to the thriving ecosystem that is already here. And that may be the most exciting thing of all, the healthy and growing Baltimore ecosystem that is supporting founders all around the metro area and beyond. We know how many good things are happening here and the word is starting to go out around the country. It’s Baltimore’s time. At Techstars we look to invest in the best founders in the world with the best companies in the world. That work is alive and well right here in Baltimore with all the great corporate and investor partnerships that are connected to the work on the ground. Join us on the journey!

✨ One of 10 founders in the cohort Secured Health founder Rich, a Baltimorean, will be at Equitech Tuesday tomorrow with the rest of the cohort. Let’s show them the charms of Charm City and give them a very warm welcome! Also, we have a whole new landing page for all things Equitech Tuesday!

The UpSurge team also just wrapped up a few days at South by Southwest including an oversubscribed 400 person Equitech Breakfast organized by mission-aligned partners (accelerators and foundations) from across the country. As we navigated the various events and convenings over the weekend, founders and investors came up to us to share that the Equitech Breakfast was the best event they had attended! It’s clear that Equitech, the vision for a thriving tech ecosystem with opportunity for all, is something that resonates near and far. And 50+ members of the Baltimore community coordinated on Coordle to optimize and support each other’s goals.

Tonight, UpSurge, GBC, and the EDA Tech Hubs Consortium at Equitech Tuesday will raise our glasses to what we’ve accomplished thus far – breaking down silos, laying a foundation of collaboration, and fashioning a game-changing plan for our tech ecosystem. Bonus: GBC will be sponsoring the first drink for attendees!

🔥 Lastly, check out these upcoming UpRise events for March:

  • March 19: Exited Founders Panel at Loyola University. Register here.
  • March 26: UpRise: AIN Ventures Panel: Early-Stage Survival Playbook. Register here.

The future of Baltimore’s startup scene is bright, and there are more people and organizations than you know who are leaning in to be part of it. Be on the lookout for more opportunities to engage with us and our partners through ESO, investor and customer focused activities! 🌎 🚀

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