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InvestMaryland Challenge: 9 companies chosen as finalists from field of 33

Of 259 startups that applied to, and 33 semi-finalists chosen in, the inaugural InvestMaryland Challenge, just nine — three in each category — are finalists. The three winners of three $100,000 prizes will finally be announced at an awards ceremony April 15 at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

From 259, to 33, to nine.

Of 259 startups that applied to, and 33 semi-finalists chosen in, the inaugural InvestMaryland Challenge, just nine — three in each category — are finalists. The three winners of three $100,000 prizes will finally be announced at an awards ceremony April 15 at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

As Technically Baltimore has reported, the challenge is an early-stage business competition put on by the state of Maryland that will award cash grants to startups in three categories: IT hardware and software, life sciences and a general category that was open to startups across the U.S. (Only Maryland-based startups were eligible to apply for funding in the former two categories.)

The nine finalists broken down by category, courtesy of MDBizNews:

IT Hardware & Software:

Life Sciences:

General – Open nationally to all industries

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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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