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Meet the 8 companies that just wrapped Towson University’s StarTUp Accelerator

The startups, which are tackling issues such as healthcare overpayment and digital ownership, each received a $10,000 non-equity stipend.

A session during the StarTUp Accelerator.

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CorrectionA previous version of this article described ORO as a company that once operated as Zimbali Networks. It is actually a platform from Zimbali Networks, which still operates under that name. (10/3/22, 10:05 a.m.)

Companies offering innovations in fintech, healthcare billing services and other industries are among the octet of startups that participated in Towson University’s latest StarTUp Accelerator cohort.

The 2022 class is the latest to go through the Baltimore County-based public university’s accelerator, which launched back in 2020. The eight-week program offers each selected company a $10,000 equity-free stipend, mentorship opportunities and related programming. Participants also take up residency at the StarTUp at the Armory, a former Maryland National Guard facility that Towson University renovated to house its entrepreneurship and other public-facing programs.

StarTUp at the Armory is also hosting a special Wednesday evening showcase, during which the startups from this cohort will pitch their ventures to a mix of university and business community members.

Here are the companies and ventures that on Wednesday will celebrate their completion of the program:

  • Let’s Tap In LLC, an events company with an app that helps users find and submit up-to-date information about their local nightlife
  • ORO Financial, a Web3-rooted fintech platform created by Zimbali Networks that incorporates tools for community-based funding and financial transactions
  • Mint Print LLC, a publishing and marketplace platform that uses blockchain-based technology to let consumers purchase, lend, donate and resell digital books
  • ReBokeh, an app designed to assist those with moderate vision impairment in daily life
  • inso (formerly Pretzl), a discussion platform for students to generate and drive discussions with easy-to-cite information on trending topics
  • Pro Theory LLC, a platform for athletics coaches to manage their brands and businesses
  • Pirl Technology, a developer of interactive electronic vehicle charging stations that reduce environmental footprints
  • Medsy, which aims to reduce healthcare costs while enhancing outcomes by aiding individuals’ compliance with medication regimens

According to the university’s own figures, the 2022 cohort includes four companies whose founders graduated college within the last two years, five led by women or minorities and one that already raised a six-figure round.

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Several of the startups’ leaders, including a few Towson University alums, shared their perspectives on the accelerator experience in this video:

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