Between the excitement of launching a new product and the buzz of raising venture funding, startups tend to receive more attention than the incubators many of them first start out at.
At the 13th Incubator Company of the Year Awards, held this year at the American Visionary Art Museum near Locust Point, the focus was as much on the incubators the winning startups work out of as it was on the startups themselves.
“There needs to be a way to show … how important incubators are to the economy of Maryland,” said Philip Bogart, the night’s emcee and an attorney at Saul Ewing, one of the awards’ sponsoring organizations.
For a list of the 23 finalists, click here.
Here are the winners, broken down by category and incubator:
- Cyber/Homeland Security: Riskive works from Betamore. It creates cloud-based technology that identifies, monitors and protects against cyber attacks across social networks and connected enterprises.
- Educational: Curiosityville works from the Emerging Technology Center. It creates a personalized learning platform that uses games and characters to teach children ages 3 to 8. (Read Technically Baltimore’s coverage here.)
- Environment/Energy: Savenia Labs works from the Bethesda Green Business Incubator. It’s a testing laboratory that provides environmental impact ratings on consumer appliances and electrical products.
- Graduate: GCC Technologies, LLC works from the Garrett Information Enterprise Center. It provides administrative, acquisition, business and programs operation and security support to federal agencies.
- Life Sciences/Medical Device and Research Tool: Clear Guide Medical works from FastForward at Johns Hopkins University. It produces medical imaging and device technology to solve clinical problems through engineering solutions.
- New Incubator: ADASHI Systems works from the Emerging Technology Center. It makes a response and command software platform to help first response teams manage accidents they’re called to.
- Technology: Social Growth Technologies, Inc. works from the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship. Its product is a tool that lets online publishers and agencies advertise and monetize virtual currency within social games and e-commerce platforms.
- Technology Transfer: Plasmonix, Inc. works from bwtech@UMBC. The company is focused on the “enhancement of luminescent signals through advanced use of metal nanoparticles and application of its technology in life science and diagnostic assays,” and licensed a patent portfolio through the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and UMBC to carry out the work.
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