This is the Startup Roundup. Every Wednesday morning, Technically Baltimore will put together the smaller pieces that make up our startup ecosystem.
Baltimore’s Startup Weekend has sold out of Non-Technical tickets for the event starting Sept. 28, reports the Baltimore Sun. Startup Weekend, which debuted in Baltimore in April 2011, gives developers, designers and idea-people 54 hours over a weekend to conceptualize and form a startup company. According to the Startup Weekend Eventbrite page, more Non-Technical tickets will be available for purchase once more developers and designers have registered for the event. [Full disclosure: Baltimore Startup Weekend is one of the events associated with Baltimore Innovation Week, organized by Technically Baltimore.]
Canada-based edtech firm Desire2Learn, which provides “cloud-based learning solutions for higher education, K-12 and Fortune 1000 companies,” has raised $80 million in financing, according to a company press release. Desire2Learn, which has an office in Mount Vernon, received part of its funding from New Enterprise Associates, which has an office in Timonium.
Columbia TechBreakfast organizer Ron Schmelzer is looking for presenters for TechBreakfasts from October through December. E-mail Schmelzer if you’re a startup interested in speaking for roughly 10 minutes about your company or product.
Baltimore CityBizList picks up a story from VentureWire about Bethesda-based Novak Biddle Venture Partners, which is looking to raise less than $150 million for its sixth fund. Novak Biddle general partner Prashanth Boccasam told VentureWire that there is “too much money skewing the venture world,” which he says make for “over-hyped, over-funded venture startups.”