Courtesy of Bmore Media – One Towson company makes games. Another, in Columbia, manufactures a “smart” sports glove. The other two, in Baltimore and Catonsville, sell alternative energy and weather information. As diverse as they sound, they share a common trait – they’re all young, innovative companies that are growing.
Exis Interactive, Blue Infusion Technologies, Clean Currents and StormCenter Communications Inc. all demonstrate what’s new and exciting in Maryland’s tech industry, says Clay Hickson, executive director of TowsonGlobal Business Incubation.
Hickson is most familiar with Exis, which recently graduated from the incubator on the campus of Towson University. He has no connection with the other three companies.
“They are unique ideas that are building off something already out there,” says Hickson of the four companies. “They bring something to their sectors and it’s notable.”
Last year, the US Chamber of Commerce named Maryland a top state for innovation and entrepreneurship. The same year, the Kauffman Foundation cited Maryland as a leader in transforming into an entrepreneurial and innovation-based economy.
Here’s a look at the four companies. All are in different stages of development: from startup to mature; from a staff of one to 30; and from under $10,000 in bootstrap, private financing to $6 million in public-private funding.