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Baltimore Daily Brief: Investment Review; Enabling Technologies for Advancement; Youth Entrepreneurship EXCEL

By meerna Jul11,2024
Baltimore Daily Brief: Investment Review; Enabling Technologies for Advancement; Youth Entrepreneurship EXCEL

Investment Summit Topic: Equity and Collaboration

Leaders from local government, economic development, higher education and investment agencies spent much of the Baltimore Region Investment Summit praising collaboration and pushing for equitable growth.

Five days after the summit, we learned that Baltimore had not received Phase 2 EDA Tech Hubs funding—and the same theme continued in the reactions to that news.

Still, the event, hosted by the Greater Baltimore Committee, a leading consortium of Tech Hubs, left an impression on attendees like Pixilated co-founder Patrick Rife.

“One thing is certain,” Rife writes, “that we need stakeholders and leaders from every sector if we are to effectively lead Baltimore and the surrounding metropolitan area to reach its full potential.”

➡️ For more on regional data and investment philosophies, see Rife’s article.

Artificial Intelligence, Text-to-Sound and Other Assistive Technologies

Few people know as much about technology and entrepreneurship for disabled innovators as Diego Mariscal. For more than a decade, the 2Gether-International CEO has been building accelerators and related programs to help disabled founders reach their peak—and destroy the stigma that follows them.

Mariscal has created a list of technology platforms that can help people with disabilities succeed in work and life, with entries from both AI giants and software companies that have graduated from the 2GI accelerator.

“This horizon is brimming with opportunity,” Mariscal writes, “not just for increased integration, but also for leadership and advanced ingenuity.”

➡️ Check out 5 tools to support technology in Mariscal’s guest post

News Incubator: What Else to Know Today

• Coppin State University and the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s EXCEL project have produced a new report on the state of youth entrepreneurship in Baltimore. The project is expanding into a series of events, the first of which took place Wednesday on the Baltimore Peninsula, where MaryAnne Gilmartin of MAG Partners spoke with Pinky Cole of Slutty Vegan. (Coppin State)

• Maryland reached out to the Great North this week when Gov. Wes Moore met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss business cooperation between the state and the country. (Baltimore Sun)

• The governor, currently at a conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, wrote about the planned budget cuts. Nearly $150 million in cuts would affect neighborhood revitalization programs, public health funding and a host of other state-funded projects. (Baltimore Sun/Baltimore Banner)

• After 15 years, in July 2025, the head of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory will leave his post. (Johns Hopkins)

• Highlandtown-based supply chain data company Barcoding Inc., one of the city’s largest technology companies, has completed an all-cash acquisition of Florida-based DecisionPoint Systems. (Technical.ly / Biz Journal)

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