Last Thursday, Baltimore’s brightest minds gathered at City Garage for the second annual Beta City. This year’s event truly exceeded our expectations. With a 72% increase in company pitch/demo applications, $75K in venture capital awarded, an international presence and over 1,000 attendees, it’s safe to say that the second Beta City was even better than the first.
Beta City, Betamore’s annual fundraiser, serves as an embodiment of our mission to make Baltimore a leading global entrepreneurship destination. This event is so much more than a gathering of leaders, makers and innovators. This day truly highlights the building commitment and growth of Baltimore and Maryland’s innovation sector. “Since our inaugural event last October, we have had an outpouring of support from local businesses, entrepreneurs and the tech community who continue to drive the growth of Betamore and the Baltimore community,” said Jen Meyer Betamore CEO.
That is exactly our mission at Betamore: to get people excited about Baltimore and help businesses grow by making the right introductions. The success of this year’s event would not have been possible without everyone involved past, present and future.
—Jen Meyer, Betamore CEO
The event began with the Venture Capital Pitch Competition, where 8 companies pitched for $75,000 in prize money. TopBox and Tissue Analytics took home top awards at the competition. TopBox, founded by Jeff Yentis, develops software to help companies understand, through trackable data, the issues that most affect their customers. Tissue Analytics, founded in 2014 by Kevin Keenahan and Josh Budman, is a mobile application that takes pictures of wounds to assist doctors in better analyzing them and tracking their recovery.
Following the pitch competition, over 1,000 attendees filled City Garage for The Main Event. The evening included demos from over 30 entrepreneurs and an award ceremony revealing the winners of the pitch competition and the three recipients of awards honoring individuals for their contributions to Baltimore’s entrepreneurial community.
Betamore’s three awards recognize those in our community that continually contribute to building Baltimore into a destination for entrepreneurs to build their businesses. The Silo Breaker award is given to a member of the Betamore community that actively works to break down silos between people and institutions in Baltimore. This year the Silo Breaker award was given to the team behind Light City Baltimore. Light City demonstrates efforts that are a critical component of what Betamore seeks to do — illuminate the collective wisdom and experience of our community for the purpose of entrepreneurship.
The Beta award recognizes individuals with deep impacts on the local tech community who, over their lifetime, has benefited the entrepreneurial community in Baltimore through idea generation and testing. This year the Beta award was given to Paul Palmieri for his overall impact on Baltimore’s entrepreneurial community through his roles as an executive at Advertising.com, CEO and Co-founder at Millennial Media, and as an investor in numerous local and nationally based startups – just to name a few.
The RISE Award, a new addition for this year, recognizes an emerging entrepreneur who can be found supporting others and encouraging us to rise to our full potential. The RISE award was given to Luke Cooper, CEO of Fixt, who embodies the spirit of entrepreneurship in Baltimore.
What a tremendous event. You should be so proud of what you’re accomplishing. Our depth and breadth of cool companies that are making a difference is extraordinary. Stay focused on greatness-it’s working.
—Mike Gill, Maryland Department of Commerce
We are incredibly grateful for the support of our community; this event would not have been possible without you. Thank you to our sponsors, partners, vendors, judges, volunteers, attendees, board and Advisory Board. We are a lean team with an ever-growing community support system. We are proud of the spotlight that together we shine on Baltimore and the great companies that call it home.
Thank you for all of your hard work to make last night such a success. I don’t think I have ever been to an event with that much energy and excitement in one (or many) rooms.
—Daniel Thrailkill, Ellin & Tucker
Snaps from Beta City
We’ll See You Next Year!
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