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Resource Roundup: 5 accelerators and incubators to scale your startup idea

Check out these opportunities with upcoming application deadlines for programming by UMBC, Johns Hopkins and Techstars, to name a few.

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Correction: Conscious Venture Lab's application period for its ninth cohort is no longer open, as was previously reported. In addition, the BIPOC Cohort is an accelerator from 2Gether-International, not The Cube. (9/8/22, 4:41 p.m.) 

SCALEUP Maryland by bwtech@UMBC

bwtech@UMBC is hosting a four-month program to help executives at 12 companies create an executable strategic growth plan. Companies with revenues up to $10 million are eligible toThroughoutourse of 12 sessions, executives will learn five key aspects of growth: sales, marketing, finance, operations and leadership.

Apply by Sept. 9

2Gether-International BIPOC Cohort

This opportunity, which we learned about from Hamilton-Lauraville-based coworking space The Cube, comes from the DC-based organization 2Gether-International. The accelerator and $10,000 pitch competition are focused on BIPOC founders with disabilities.

Apply by Sept. 19

Techstars Equitech Accelerator

This national accelerator brings together Techstars’ national network of investors and UpSurge Baltimore’s local ecosystem-building work to boost mission-driven companies. The program is centered around building an inclusive innovation economy.

While founders need not be local to apply, three graduates from the program moved to Baltimore because the founders found its tech ecosystem so promising.

Apply by Sept. 28


Applications are still open for the fifth cohort of the Baltimore incubator, which downtown software company Fearless founded. The two-year incubator is looking to support minority-owned civic tech startups working on digital services and solutions for the federal government.

Apply by Sept. 30

Hexcite accelerator

Johns Hopkins Medicine Technology Innovation Center, in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures, is running a 16-week program to help create more software solution-based medtech startups in Baltimore. The application for non-clinical applications opens on Sept. 16.

Apply by Oct. 14 once the application opens Donte Kirby is a 2020-2022 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.
Companies: 2Gether-International / Fearless / University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) / Conscious Venture Lab / Johns Hopkins / State of Maryland

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