What We Do

Big vision. Concrete actions.

UpSurge is an ecosystem builder,
doing it differently.

Connecting the dots

A systems approach

We’ve built an interconnected set of strategies.

Startup Advancement

UpSurge Baltimore Startup EquitechOur focus on founders helps ensure they have the capital, customers, connections and coaching needed to grow at all stages. We work to connect LPs, funders and founders when stages, industries and interests align.

Building an Accelerator Hub

Through our Techstars partnership and plans for other  national accelerators, we’re bringing companies across the globe to Baltimore.  They also provide a launching pad for local companies and create ambassadors for Baltimore around the world.

Mobilizing the ecosystem

We’re rallying corporate, philanthropic and institutional partners. We’re collaborating with entrepreneur support orgs and thought leaders. We’re telling the stories of our gamechanging leaders. All to build a supportive local and national foundation for Baltimore tech.

Dual structure, one mission

UpSurge is structured to power its mission through both grants and investments

UpSurge Ecosystem

Through our non-profit, UpSurge Baltimore Community Inc, we are advancing a culture of innovation; supporting and problem-solving for entrepreneurs; attracting investment, companies and talent; telling Baltimore’s story around the world; and building or advocating for the pathways and policies needed to engage all interested Baltimoreans.

UpSurge Investments

Our first partnership is with Techstars, the world’s leading city ecosystem accelerator; our investment in the Techstars Equitech Accelerator offers promising startups the chance to live, work, play and grow in Baltimore. 

What We Do at Upsurge

We're Building on Baltimore’s Momentum

What does steady startup growth look like in Charm City?

$ 30 M
in capital connected to founders and fund managers
220 +
founders supported
companies brought to Baltimore through Techstars partnership
125 +
convenings hosted to draw together the ecosystem

Our Partners

UpSurge is a private sector initiative formed and funded by a committed group of founding partners. We’re building an ecosystem in collaboration with the many dedicated leaders in Baltimore’s government, academic institutions, companies, organizations and neighborhoods

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