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FitMango, Zest Tea pick up wins (and funding) at Shore Hatchery

Baltimore startups were well represented at the Salisbury University entrepreneurship competition.

Zest Tea founder James Fayal. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

It’s about that the time that Baltimore starts dreaming of the Eastern Shore. But instead of beach reveries, a pack of startups made its way across the Bay for the Shore Hatchery entrepreneurship competition at Salisbury University.
In all, the university doled out $95,000 to seven startups. The competition is open to startups around the mid-Atlantic. Here’s who won:
FitMango came away with the top prize, earning the startup $25,000. Based at the Co-op in Mt. Vernon, the company’s software allows users to find small-group fitness classes with professional trainers.
Zest Tea, the Pigtown-based company that makes caffeinated teas, won $20,000.
Salisbury University students also got in on the prize money, with Neuro Helmet Systems winning $15,000. The startup is developing a motorcycle helmet with a display that can help with navigation and sensing potential hazards.
Also receiving funding: Phone grip and stand maker Loophole, mobile makeup studio Accessmatized, Baltimore-based sewing workshop Compassionately Creative and IV drip bag decal maker Mind the Current.
The competition came just after the university announced funding for a new entrepreneurship center.


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