Allovue wins pitch competition at Harvard [Startup Roundup]

Plus: Details on the three startups receiving funding from TEDCO's Propel Baltimore Fund.


Edtech startup Allovue bested 11 other startups at Harvard last weekend to win the LearnLaunch conference pitch competition, as CityBizList first reported. Allovue founder Jess Gartner emails: “We won some very tasty chocolates, as well as the chance to share Allovue’s vision and mission with the 600+ attendees of LearnLaunch.” Coming on the heels of Gartner’s inclusion in Forbes’ 30 Under 30, Gartner said the national press over the last month has been “awesome to have opportunities to shine a national spotlight on the cool stuff that’s happening here in Baltimore.”


Breethe, Inc., sold $810,000 in equity, according to an SEC filing. The company, run by world-class heart and lung surgeon, Dr. Bartley Griffith is based at the University of Maryland BioPark. According to a Baltimore Business Journal profile, Griffith is working to develop an artificial lung, and he founded the company to commercialize the innovation.
Information about startup funding rounds don’t always contain the identity of the backers, but we took note of one release this week that revealed an influential backer of three recent sizable funding rounds. TEDCO’s Propel Baltimore Fund was involved in $2 million rounds each for edtech startups Three Ring and Citelighter. Both companies recently relocated to Baltimore from New York City. The Propel Baltimore Fund was also involved in a $500,000 round for ecommerce widget OpiaTalk. All three companies are Betamore members.


Kinglet released more details about its expansion to D.C. Cofounder Alex Kopicki told BisNow that the office space-locating startup is aiming to have 200-300 spaces in the D.C. metro by March. Kinglet is planning further expansion to Philadelphia and New York in the second half of 2015.
Following up on AppNexus’ late-December acquisition of Baltimore-based adtech startup MediaGlu: Former MediaGlu CEO Marcus Startzel was named Chief Revenue Officer for the company’s Agencies and Advertisers business unit, among other executive moves. Through the acquisition, AppNexus plans to open an office in Baltimore. There’s been talk that the company could be readying an IPO.
3D Maryland named an engineer-in-residence. Sharon Brackett, CEO of Laurel-based Tiresias Technologies, will be based at the 3D Maryland Innovation + Prototyping Lab in Columbia. She will hold consulting hours every Monday from noon-4 p.m., for people and businesses who are interested in learning about 3D printing and developing courses.
DreamIt Health announced its 2015 class, and will move to a new space in Power Plant Live, as Baltimore reported.
There’s also news from a DreamIt Health alum: Avhana Health’s more efficient doctor checklist was recently part of a pilot program with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Population Affairs. It received rave reviews, as Baltimore reported.
EduPal, the college task manager app founded by UMBC student Markus Proctor, released a demo video. Check out the video below, or a recent Baltimore profile of the company.

Companies: Kinglet / OpiaTalk / Citelighter / Allovue / University of Maryland BioPark / DreamIt Health / TEDCO / Betamore

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