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Baltimore daily roundup: Johns Hopkins dedicates The Pava Center; Q1’s VC outlook; Cal Ripken inaugurates youth STEM center

Plus, JHU's AI center design called "borderline amateurish."

(R to L) Cal Ripken Jr., Exelon CEO Calvin Butler and two students AT THE RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY FOR A NEW STEM CENTER AT LANSDOWNE MIDDLE SCHOOL IN BALTIMORE County. (COURTESY CAL RIPKEN, SR. FOUNDATION)

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For Pava, tributes in space, words and PLACE

The late Pava LaPere’s parents spoke to us about their involvement in the process of a Johns Hopkins building that was recently rededicated in her name. Pava’s advocacy reshaped Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV), leading to tailored support for both university and community members pursuing business ventures. Among the many other tributes to her legacy are consequential legislation and a national fellowship.

➡️ Find out about all of these developments in my latest here.

Baltimore VC starts 2024 down but not out

PitchBook’s latest Venture Monitor, the quarterly report that breaks down VC activity in metro areas throughout the country, showed that companies in the Baltimore region raised $67 million across 14 deals in Q1 2024. While that figure represents a drop from Q4 2023, it’s far from the whole picture of local venture capital (which isn’t the only measure of an ecosystem’s health): In recent years, the area saw more deal activity in the middle of the year.

➡️ Learn about these trends, and who raised big in Q1, in our new report here

News Incubator: What else to know today

• The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and Exelon Foundation just inaugurated a STEM center at Lansdowne Middle School in Baltimore, marking the first of 81 such centers set to open as part of a $3 million partnership. [Maryland Daily Record]

• Drio has a longstanding affinity for WordPress as its preferred website platform. One of its founders explains why in a blog post. [Drio]

• Johns Hopkins University’s proposed designs for a 500,000-square-foot artificial intelligence complex faced criticism from a Baltimore City design panel, which described the plan as “borderline amateurish.” [Baltimore Business Journal]

• iOS 18 is rumored to introduce a new Safari browsing assistant, based on backend code found on Apple’s servers by an X user. [MacRumors]

• A report by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore highlights the ongoing adaptation of downtown Baltimore to a “new reality.” While the arrival of state employees to new offices marks a significant step in the area’s recovery, the report indicates that a full rebound is still underway. [Baltimore Business Journal]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• B’More Kind invites you to its 2024 Q2 Networking Event on April 19. [Details here]

• Join HR Geckos on April 24 for its HR Bytes Meetup. [Details here]

• Attend the MASD ’24 Capstone Presentations at MICA’s Social Design Exchange event on April 22. [Details here]

• Explore AI, the industrial metaverse, the future of work and more with the Regional Manufacturing Institute at Tech Talks on April 30. [Details here]

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