Baltimore daily roundup: City investigates 311 leak; ‘Stakeholder capitalism’ demo day; Build Our Future grantees

Plus, a real estate star slows down.

Novella Center's Jeff Cherry, the Launchport's Bob Storey and Upsurge Baltimore's Kory Bailey on stage at the Conscious Venture Lab's demo day (Sameer Rao/

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‘No systems or data have been externally breached’

The city’s IT office offered the quote above in its response to our report on the discovery of a report exposing people’s personal information attached to over 30 years of 311 complaints. BCIT officials told us they’ll be investigating the incident and working to make sure it never happens again.

➡️ Learn more about the leak in our article here.

Conscious Venture Lab wraps 11th cohort

If you know Jeff Cherry, you know he’s bullish on the economic and personal value of companies that prioritize impact and holistic engagement — what he terms “stakeholder capitalism” — over “worshipping at the altar of shareholder value.”

The head of the Novella Center for Entrepreneurship reinforced this message throughout last night’s demo day for the latest Conscious Venture Lab accelerator. Cohort companies from Baltimore to Mexico City presented innovations including plant-based construction materials, a buy-now-pay-later platform for Latin American corner stores and non-insertive menstrual products. All these companies, Cherry said, reflect the values of innovation with a purpose (and particular impact from/for marginalized peoples) that define the accelerator’s history.

➡️ Learn more about this cohort’s participant companies.

News Incubator: What else to know today

• The Smithsonian Institution is partnering with Salesforce as it continues creating tech-enabled initiatives — like one it did with Baltimore’s Fearless (a client). []

• Local real estate player Brandon Chasen discussed how he’s adjusting his company’s plans — and his own publicly flashy lifestyle — as it scales down its pace and operations. [Baltimore Banner]

• Baltimore-area companies and organizations like Early Charm Ventures, CraniUS, Johns Hopkins’ Remington Energy Accelerator Labs, Saft, Maryland Association of Community Colleges and The Mill of Black Horse received awards worth between $500,000 and $1.25 million for tech-enabled initiatives via the state’s Build our Future program. [Maryland Dept. of Commerce]

• Howard County-based Akeptus, which developed a smart home system for energy management, won $150,000 via the Google for Startups Founders Funds. [Google for Startups]

• The Equity Brain Trust CEO Angel St. Jean discussed Amtrak tunnel construction plans that she and other Reservoir Hill residents are opposing. [WYPR]

• A new data map highlights childcare shortages across Maryland’s counties. [Capital News Service]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• June 27: The EDA Tech Hub, infrastructure development and other related topics will feature at the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Baltimore Region Investment Summit. [Details here]

• June 29: The team behind Wilmington, Delaware’s Ladybug Music Festival takes its focus on women artists and local vendors to Ellicott City. [Details here]

• July 3: CharmCityJS holds its latest meetup virtually. [Details here]

• July 17: Baltimore Climate Tech Meetup celebrates its first anniversary. [Details here]

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