Third StarTUp Accelerator Cohort Attracts Rising Regional Entrepreneurs

Eight Baltimore-based ventures begin residency in StarTUp at the Armory

The Towson University StarTUp Accelerator kicked off its third cohort June 6 with founders from eight ventures based in the
greater Baltimore area taking residency at the StarTUp at the Armory for eight weeks.

While the ventures represent a variety of industries — from finance and healthcare to
electric vehicle charging networks, online athletics coaching platforms and assistive
technology — they share the desire for a collaborative, cohort-based experience to grow
their ventures and the opportunity to learn from Patrick McQuown, executive director
of entrepreneurship at Towson University.

“When I met with Patrick, I was sold,” says Rebecca Rosenberg, founder of Assistive
technology company ReBokeh. Rosenberg joins the 2022 StarTUp Accelerator cohort after
completing the venture-focused Abell Fellowship as a second-year graduate student
in the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design.

Rosenberg looks forward to utilizing the StarTUp Accelerator’s support and resources
as she transitions from student entrepreneur to full-time venture founder.

“I’m so excited to be here,” she says. “We’re a couple of weeks away from launching
ReBokeh, and I’m really happy to be among other entrepreneurs who are also building
their ventures. “

The fellowship fosters collaboration among entrepreneurs and provides mentorship,
founder-centric programming and exposure to successful alumni ventures. The Accelerator
also includes a $ 10,000, equity-free stipend for each venture and collaboration space
at TU’s state-of-the-art entrepreneurship hub in downtown Towson.

The 2022 cohort will engage with guests from Johns Hopkins University and the University
of Maryland, College Park, the Baltimore County Economic Development Advisory Board,
Johnson & Johnson Innovation (JLABS), and TEDCO (Maryland Technology Development Corporation).
The program also includes a trip to DC to meet the founders of the startups Hungry
and BarTrack.

In late September, the program will culminate with final venture pitches during the
StarTUp Accelerator Showcase.

On the first day, the 2022 cohort members got to know each other through “Lost at
Sea, “a teambuilding activity illustrating the benefits of collaboration.

“The takeaway here is that working as a team results in a better product than working
alone, “explains McQuown, who was recently named one of the 20 people nurturing Charm City’s tech ecosystem by Technical.ly Baltimore.” That’s why we have a cohort-based accelerator model — we want you all working to
build and sell together. “

The cohort includes Susan Ganz TU Student Fellows Ryan Rutkowski ’22 and Conrad Brake
’21 of Tap In, who placed first in a national entrepreneurship festival pitch slam this spring, and Emily Vogel of Mint Print.

Zimbali Networks, a financial technology digital asset management system that relocated
to Baltimore after graduating from the Techstars Equitech Accelerator in March, also
joins the 2022 StarTUp Accelerator cohort.

Jordan Strudwick, Zimbali’s web team strategy manager, is looking forward to building
community within the Accelerator.

“The mentors and resources available here are so esteemed, and we’re so grateful for
the opportunity to tap into that, “he says.

The StarTUp at the Armory opened last fall as TU’s front door for startups, small
businesses and the region’s largest corporations. The state-of-the-art, 26,000-square-foot
space includes 6,000 square feet of free coworking space and meeting rooms where entrepreneurs
and executives can connect with each other and to TU’s programs and people.

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