Baltimore daily roundup: EDA bid leaders react; EY honors local entrepreneurs; $20M to fraud-proof EBT system

Plus, the firm behind the July 4th drone show.

The World Trade Center in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. (Sameer Rao/

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‘We won by competing’

Ken Malone, the leader of Early Charm Ventures in Pigtown, offered this reflection in response to Baltimore ultimately being left off the latest list of EDA Tech Hubs funding recipients.

Several leaders of companies and organizations involved in Baltimore and Philadelphia’s regional bids echoed this sentiment — that organizing their bids led to plans that can still take shape — even despite their obvious disappointment.

We’ll keep reporting on what happens next for these and other Tech Hub bids, and invite anybody involved to speak with us.

➡️  Find more regional tech leaders’ thoughts in editor Katie Malone’s latest article.

Meet UMBC’s new in-house entrepreneurs

Beyond the Phase 2 funding news, Baltimore had a lot to celebrate last month. For instance, the bwtech@UMBC research park at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County added five regional founders to its roster of entrepreneurs in residence. You might recognize some of them, like Chris Haug, the head of Startup Grind Maryland.

Beyond Catonsville, the region also saw promotions at The Pava Center, a pair of new directors at Mindgrub and EY recognizing local startup leaders on its Entrepreneur of the Year list.

➡️ Check out more employment news in my latest Baltimore Power Moves.

News Incubator: What else to know today

• Anne Arundel County-based Image Engineering, the entertainment firm behind aerial displays at Baltimore’s Artscape and New Year’s Eve celebrations, takes drones to the skies again for Fourth of July celebrations. []

• Morgan State VP Willie May said its plans to create an innovation hub with Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland, Baltimore are stalled because of the EDA’s decision this week. [Biz Journal]

• Stay cool while you celebrate this weekend: A Code Red Extreme Heat alert is in place Thursday through Sunday. [Baltimore Banner]

• New Jersey-based govtech firm Conduent State and Local Solutions Inc. landed a tentative state contract worth almost $20 million to help the Maryland Board of Public Works upgrade its EBT system and prevent fraud. [Baltimore Sun]

• State officials report about $1 billion in cannabis sales, both recreational and medicinal since Maryland launched recreational legality in July 2023. [Baltimore Fishbowl]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• July 12: Startup Grind Maryland’s latest virtual Founders Forum focuses on AI’s role in fundraising. [Details here]

• July 16: UpSurge Baltimore and the #BaltimoreTech meetup partner for a special joint networking event. [Details here]

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

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