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How these 3 organizations interact with Big Tech to support their local communities

For Big Tech + You Month, we asked our Ecosystem Builder companies what role Apple, Google and the like have in their work.

Big and small orgs partnering can have benefits for both. (Photo by Pexels user fauxels, used via a Creative Commons license)

This sponsored content is a part of Big Tech + You Month of's editorial calendar. The organizations appearing in this article are Ecosystem Builder clients.

Big Tech influences almost every aspect of modern life, and local tech ecosystems are no exception.

It’s not surprising, then, that communities’ Ecosystem Builder supporters — like universities, law firms, accelerator programs, economic development groups, coding bootcamps and corporate entities — occasionally partner with Big Tech firms to aid their missions. These initiatives range from financial support to business advice and resources to connections for employment opportunities, and together, these efforts leverage Big Tech’s power to provide benefits to the whole community.

For the month of February,’s reporting has explored the theme of Big Tech + You for our editorial calendar. For some additional perspectives, we asked our Ecosystem Builder companies the following question:

How does your org interact with Apple, Meta, Google, Amazon and similar Big Tech companies?

Here are some replies from their teams, and if you like what you see, follow the links to companies’ Directory Pages to learn more and explore open roles.

Ballard Spahr

“The initiatives that continue to be top tech priorities include creating client-facing and collaboration tools, transitioning to updated software and hardware and adopting cloud-based services to serve clients’ evolving expectations and preferences. The focus is on solution development and change management, since those are the areas in Big Tech that Ballard can leverage to better support the needs of our clients. Though Big Tech is an important part of most firm cultures, our [Emerging Companies and Venture Capital] team is always looking for ways to utilize emerging company solutions, so that we can support our emerging clients to generate revenue and further develop their innovative solutions and products. Our desire to be more than a legal solution is palpable, as we are frequently looking for ways to employ the emerging tech in our practices to stay ahead of the curve and to support emerging tech.” — Kimberly Klayman, partner

Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures

“Academic partnerships are critical to tech companies for purposes of product development and talent pipeline. Johns Hopkins research has incredible real-world applications, and our students are best in class. We are planning more collaborations like the one we kicked off with Amazon in 2022. Research collaboration areas to watch include: data science, AI/ML, speech and language and AR/VR.” — Paul Nkansah, senior director of corporate partnerships


“In 2022, TEDCO worked closely with U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Chair Ben Cardin to create the Tech Fair to connect entrepreneurs and small business owners in any industry from Maryland’s underserved communities to technology companies, resources, training and networking opportunities to grow their business. Major tech companies — Grow with Google, Meta, TikTok, Square, Microsoft, eBay, PayPal, Amazon Web Services and Amazon — heard the call and participated in the tech fair.  We, at TEDCO, continue to find ways to bring corporations and startups together. [You might have caught] Meta and TEDCO together this month at the CIAA in Baltimore’s Tech Summit on the ‘Growing Your Business in Tech’ panel.”  – Tammi Thomas, chief development and marketing officer


Want to partner with orgs like these in your community? Check out all the Ecosystem Builder companies here, and find out about their missions and cultures.

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Companies: Chesapeake Digital Health Exchange / Johns Hopkins / TEDCO / Ballard Spahr
Series: Big Tech + You Month 2023 / Ecosystem Builder Monthly Prompts

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