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Betamore CEO Jen Meyer will leave her role at the Baltimore incubator and education hub at the end of the year.
Meyer said via email Friday that she announced the decision to depart the role after three years at Betamore’s advisory board on Thursday night.
“While I am moving to a new role, I remain dedicated to the Betamore community and will serve on its advisory board, continuing to push its vision and mission forward,” Meyer said.
She plans to take a role with ZeroFOX as VP of Global Customer Operations. The South Baltimore–based social media cybersecurity startup was the first graduate company of Betamore, and continues to be one of its often-referenced growth stories as the company raised $40 million in funding this year.
Meyer joined the five-year-old incubator at the beginning of 2015 after previous CEO Mike Brenner stepped down. A familiar face in Baltimore’s tech community through her previous role as COO of EAGB and co-organizer of events like Ignite Baltimore when she was hired, Meyer drew on a large network and became a public-facing spokesperson in efforts to highlight the city’s tech growth. This included efforts seeking to reach beyond the city such as Visit Baltimore.
She joined at a time of transition as the incubator merged with gb.tc and became a nonprofit organization. The revamp came with an increased focus on education and also expanded the organization’s advisory board. Later that year came the first Beta City, a splashy daylong event that combined a pitch competition and celebration to highlight the startup community that doubles as a fundraiser for Betamore.
Beta City has been held for three years at City Garage, the innovation hub that was one of the initial projects to open as part of the Kevin Plank–backed redevelopment of Port Covington. Earlier in 2017, Betamore opened a new campus at City Garage. Meyer and Betamore also got involved in further community partnerships like the Bet on Baltimore program, in which the organization teamed with Green Street Academy and other education partners.
Stats released by the incubator state Betamore contributed $28.5 million to the city’s economy in 2017.
According to Meyer, Betamore is currently conducting a formal search for its next CEO.-30-
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