Baltimore daily roundup: Techstars grads show local love; NASA contractor signs Glen Burnie lease; BIOQuébec x Maryland

Plus, using AI to ensure AI compliance.

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Techstars brings tech startups to Baltimore

If it’s a Techstars Equitech Accelerator demo day, you know at least one out-of-town founder will say something about committing to Baltimore. That happened again last week when CEOs of two companies that weren’t originally rooted here discussed plans to embed locally — one via partnerships with local food and drink institutions, and another by moving into new offices downtown.

I connected with each of them after the event to get more details. Check out what they said, along with details about another founder shooting his shot with CareFirst, and the accelerator’s status amid Techstars’ recent institutional woes.

➡️ Learn more about the latest Techstars Equitech cohort and demo day here.

Using AI to monitor AI regulation

Government agencies the world over have enacted so many policies for artificial intelligence use these past few months that anybody would have trouble keeping up.

Rosslyn, Virginia-based Trustible, one of our 2024 RealLIST Startups in DC, aims to help companies stay compliant with this changing regulatory landscape with a new tool that examines any potential gaps against different guidelines.

“Our analyzer actually asks over 100 questions to your policy, checks for that conformity,” said Trustible CTO Andrew Gamino-Cheong.

➡️ Learn more about the tool in DC reporter Kaela Roeder’s new article.

News Incubator: What else to know today

• As the Fearless Fund lawsuit awaits further resolution, companies and ecosystems can do things to help diversify their innovation scenes — even without a race-specific lens. []

• Meet the young people and STEM educators recently honored by the Maryland Science Center, all of whom live or work in Baltimore City. [Maryland Science Center]

• Houston-based space exploration and infrastructure company Intuitive Machines, which this year partnered with NASA to launch the IM-1 lunar mission, signed a lease for 21,000 square feet of space at Cromwell Business Park in Glen Burnie. An announcement from lessee St. John Properties said around 20 employees will start in this facility, where the company will build and trial space flight equipment, before another 20 hopefully come aboard by the end of the year. [Commercial Observer]

From data collection to on-the-ground interviews, learn how Baltimore Banner staffers went about investigating opioid overdoses in Baltimore as part of a collaborative investigation with The New York Times. [Instagram]

• Later this month, Johns Hopkins researchers will present findings on how data sets of liver scans can be used to train AI models for tumor detection. [Johns Hopkins]

• According to an emailed announcement, the Maryland Tech Council signed an MOU with BIOQuébec to promote life sciences collaboration and exchange between the US state and Canadian province. [BIOQuébec]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• June 4: bwtech@UMBC and Startup Grind Maryland’s inaugural StartUp Accelerator showcases its cohort during a virtual demo day. [Details here]

• June 5: Baltimore Climate Tech Meetup hosts its June happy hour at Union Craft Brewing. [Details here]

• June 19: Applications close for Baltimore Homecoming’s Crab Tank Entrepreneurship Program, which offers a chance to compete for prizes worth $2,500 to $25,000. [Details here]






























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