OrderUp launches in Towson [Startup Roundup]

Plus: Martin O'Malley is coming to TechBreakfast.

The scene at OrderUp's Towson launch. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)
This post was updated at 11 p.m. on 2.15.15 to correct the date for ExecBreakfast.


Columbia-based Sensics, Inc., sold $767,230 in debt, according to an SEC filing. The company makes head-mounted virtual reality goggles. It’s working with partners to build an Open Souce Virtual Reality (OSVR) ecosystem. Twelve new partners signed onto OSVR last week.
JPLC Associates was the lone Baltimore company to receive a $200,000 commercialization grant from BioMaryland. The company makes a device called the “Raven,” which integrates quality assurance parameters for radiation therapy equipment. The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine also received a $200,000 grant for a stem cell therapy that’s designed to be used during brain cancer treatment.


After announcing that it hired one of the guys behind the Domino’s Pizza Tracker, OrderUp continued a week of big news by launching in Towson on Tuesday. The fast-growing food delivery startup displayed munchies from some of their 30 partnering restaurants at a party at Shoo-Fly Diner. Some of the available restaurants include Atwater’s, Bill Bateman’s, Fortunato’s, Towson Hot Bagel and Zen West. 
Construction is complete on Millennial Media’s new offices in the Can Company building. The renovation of the Canton property, which used to be an Emerging Technology Centers location, cost $5.5 million. It was the largest project for Cross Street Partners to date. Baltimore Business Journal has a look at the “super cool” new space. 
TechBreakfast has been showing off Russian innovation and expanding across the country. We’ll get a taste of the big events here in Baltimore on April 3, when the meetup will host a special “ExecBreakfast” edition with former Gov. Martin O’Malley. According to TechBreakfast’s Ronald Schmelzer, the former Baltimore mayor will be doing an AMA style Q&A with a focus on technology and government. We hear there may also be bacon. Here’s the Meetup invite.
emocha was among the startups that had representatives speaking optimistically at the rollout of Johns Hopkins’ FastForward East on Tuesday night. Marketing Director Morad Elmi confirmed the company is moving from Emerging Technology Centers’ Haven Street campus to the new incubator at the end of the month. Elmi said the company loves ETC, but the move was a natural progression since many of its clients are at the university. emocha, which runs a mobile health platform, went through DreamIt Health Baltimore in 2014.


EdTech Maryland Director Katrina Stevens has a profile in EdSurge about maker education in Maryland. There’s a lot of fun pictures and shoutouts aplenty to Code in the Schools, Digital Harbor Foundation, FutureMakers, Baltimore STEM Robotics Center and BoomSpace.
ZeroFOX execs Evan Blair and Hillary Herlehy won Baltimore SmartCEO’s 2015 Executive Management Award, according to a release from the company. With the accolade, the duo will be profiled in the March-April issue of Baltimore SmartCEO magazine.

Companies: Scene Health / FutureMakers / Code in the Schools / ZeroFOX / Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / OrderUp / TechBreakfast / Millennial Media / Digital Harbor Foundation

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