Here are the winners of the 3rd annual Baltimore Innovation Awards - Baltimore


Oct. 2, 2015 2:52 pm

Here are the winners of the 3rd annual Baltimore Innovation Awards

Over 2,000 of you voted. From Startup of the Year to Tech Community Leader of the Year, here's who you picked, as announced at Beta City.

More than 1,000 people attended the inaugural Beta City.

(Photo by Brian James Kirk)

More than 2,000 people voted in the third annual Baltimore Innovation Awards.

First you nominated them. Then you voted on them. Then last night at the evening reception of Beta City we announced them — giving out actual awards made by Fab Lab Baltimore — inside the not-yet-launched massive City Garage makerspace.

Beta City, led by the Betamore incubator with Sagamore Ventures, and Startup Maryland, was a signature event of Baltimore Innovation Week 2015, which organizes. In addition to the dozen Innovation Awards voted online, Betamore gave two curated awards.

Find last year’s winners here and the 2013 winners here.

Without further ado, here are the winners of this year’s Baltimore Innovation Awards:

  • Design/Dev Firm of the YearGroove
  • Tech Mission Org of the YearGirl Develop It Baltimore
  • Artist/Creative Group of the YearLight City Festival

  • Makerspace of the YearDigital Harbor Foundation
  • Best Locally Built Indie Video Game of the YearJohnny Speed by Mindgrub Games
  • Colocation or Incubator Space of the YearEmerging Technology Centers
  • Tech Startup of the YearCitelighter
  • Tech Business of the YearMindgrub

Betamore cofounder and board chairman Greg Cangialosi gave out two awards on behalf of the incubator, taking up the mantle from the former it absorbed and that group’s longtime Tech Nite:

  • Silo Breaker AwardChristy Wyskiel of Johns Hopkins University was honored for her economic development and tech commercialization efforts across the region.
  • Beta Award: Bob Embry, the notable president of the Abell Foundation, was honored for his meaningful impact on the region’s entrepreneurial community. An adviser accepted the award on his behalf.


Christopher Wink

Christopher Wink is a Cofounder, Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of, the local technology news network. In that capacity, he is a co-organizer of Philly Tech Week, Baltimore Innovation Week, Delaware Innovation Week and other events that bring smart people together. Previously, Wink worked for a homeless advocacy nonprofit and was a freelance reporter for a variety of publications. He writes regularly about news innovation and best business practices on his personal blog here and curates a personal monthly newsletter of ideas and links here. The bicycle commuter loves cities, urban politics and squabbling about neighborhood boundaries.


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