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Baltimore’s NoBadGift.com chosen for minority-focused NewME Accelerator in San Francisco

The buzzy Silicon Valley-based NewME Accelerator announced Wednesday seven startups to be part of its Summer/Fall 2012 class, reports TechCrunch. Among them is Baltimore-based NoBadGift.com, which allows users to create wish lists of items they’d like, share those wish lists and then have family and friends contribute incremental dollar amounts to the total cost of […]

The buzzy Silicon Valley-based NewME Accelerator announced Wednesday seven startups to be part of its Summer/Fall 2012 class, reports TechCrunch. Among them is Baltimore-based NoBadGift.com, which allows users to create wish lists of items they’d like, share those wish lists and then have family and friends contribute incremental dollar amounts to the total cost of a gift.

What’s distinctive about the NewME Accelerator, founded last year, is that it’s a startup incubator for underrepresented demographics in technology — namely, women, Latinos and African Americans.

According to TechCrunch:

One thing that really sets NewMe apart is that it is a residential program, so the founders all move into one house together where they all “eat, sleep and breathe” the startup building experience. The aim is to hack on their respective projects day and night, in between meetings with a star-studded group of mentors such as Mitch Kapor and Ben Horowitz. [more]

The seven startups chosen move into the NewME house in San Francisco on August 13 and remain there for 12 weeks. Writing in the Baltimore Tech Facebook group, NoBadGift.com co-founder McKeever E. Conwell II said, “I couldn’t have done it without the support of the Baltimore tech community and my great co-founders.”

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Andrew Zaleski

Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist in Philadelphia and the former lead reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore. Before moving to Philadelphia in June 2014, he was a contributing writer to Baltimore City Paper and a Tech Check commentator for WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore city’s National Public Radio affiliate. He has written for The Atlantic, Outside, Richmond magazine, Washington City Paper, Baltimore magazine, Baltimore Style magazine, Next City, Grist.org, The Atlantic Cities, and elsewhere.

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