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Baltimore daily roundup: An HBCU innovation champion’s journey; Sen. Sanders visits Morgan State; Humane Ai review debate

Plus biopharma innovation up north.

URSULA SPENCER OF DOPE NERDS AT HBCUNIVERSE. (COURTESY VENTURE FOR T.H.E.M)

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This founder and father believes in seizing the moment

For our How I Got Here series, Kiante Bush, founder of Venture for T.H.E.M. and champion for historically Black institution-based entrepreneurs, shared his journey from retail to tech and entrepreneurship support. With experience at notable companies like Deloitte and Booz Allen Hamilton, alongside academic achievements including an engineering degree from Morgan State University and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University, Bush now leads initiatives supporting minority founders. A few months back, he organized the HBCUniverse Summit to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation.

➡️ Learn which motto Kiante embraces in my new story.

Biotech breaks ground in Delaware

The University of Delaware’s STAR Campus is preparing for a significant expansion in the biopharmaceutical sector with the groundbreaking of its SABRE Center. This addition is supported by federal funding secured with Delaware’s US Congress members’ assistance.

The STAR Campus, which integrates academics with industry and community partnerships, houses various research and innovation centers, including the Ammon Pinizzotto Biopharmaceutical Innovation Center. The SABRE Center will serve as the new home for the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL).

➡️ Learn about this UD expansion from my colleague Holly Quinn.

News Incubator: What else to know today

• Cody Dorsey and the Baltimore Digital Equity Coalition (BDEC) have released their 2023 annual report, highlighting the org’s efforts and achievements in advancing digital equity in Baltimore. [BDEC]

• Anne Arundel Community College is undertaking a $57.6 million renovation of its science center, reflecting a broader trend among local higher education institutions to invest in science programs to attract career-focused students. [Baltimore Business Journal]

• The Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI) is hosting its Redefining Industry event, celebrating individuals reshaping the industrial landscape and guiding Baltimore toward a promising future. Among the honorees are Ken Malone and Kelli Booth, cofounders and executive officers of Early Charm Ventures, and Kendra Parlock, Vice President of Partnership Development at NPower. [BMI]

• JuneBrain, a resident of LaunchPort, is seeking participants for a study involving its wearable eye imaging prototype device. Those interested can visit the LaunchPort website or contact Dr. Samantha Scott at samantha.scott@junebrain.com. [LaunchPort]

• Social entrepreneurs are invited to apply for the 2024 SOCAP Fellowship, which offers access to a network of investors and the chance to present ventures at the flagship event in San Francisco from October 28 to 30. [SOCAP]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• The 2024 Inclusion & Equity in Health Care Annual Conference will take place on April 18 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. [Details here]

• UpSurge Baltimore hosts its inaugural annual meeting on April 23. [Details here]

• Blackbird Labs is hosting monthly office hours at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV), welcoming walk-ins on Thursday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. [Details here]

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