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October 14, 2015

Citelighter Graduates from Betamore

Citelighter, the complete digital writing solution that helps teachers dramatically improve students’ writing abilities, has graduated from Betamore and will be moving to its own offices at The Foundry on Fort Avenue. Used in more than 5,000 schools across the country, Citelighter is a cutting-edge education technology firm whose mission is to give students the tools they need to become powerful writers.

“It’s bitter-sweet to be leaving, and moving to our own offices is a huge step for our business,” said Citelighter CEO Saad Alam. “We couldn’t have grown so quickly and profitably without the resources we received through Betamore.”

Alam will continue to serve as a member of Betamore’s Advisory Committee, a resource for Betamore members with access to many of Baltimore’s top business figures.

Founded in 2011, CEO Saad Alam arrived at Betamore from New York City in late 2013, taking up a single seat. Since that time, the Baltimore team has expanded to more than 30 individuals alone. The company intends to continue to grow its staff as it increases its footprint in schools across the country.

“Citelighter illustrates Baltimore’s commitment to attracting, retaining, and developing stellar talent,” said investor John Cammack, who serves on both Citelighter’s and Betamore’s Advisory Boards. “The success of Saad [Alam], Lee [Jokl], and their team illuminates the strength and coherence of Baltimore’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

“We’re blown away by the success that Citelighter has achieved, and although they’re leaving, the Betamore community will continue to be a resource to Saad and his team,” said Betamore CEO Jen Meyer. “I can’t wait to see the next ZeroFox or Citelighter coming out of the Betamore space.”

To fill the spaces vacated by Citelighter, Betamore will be moving companies off its wait list, which has been steadily growing, and for the first time this year, will have spaces available for new companies. Some of the new companies to take up residence include:

To obtain more information and to apply to obtain a dedicated space at Betmore, visit


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