Courtesy Bmore Media – Last year was a banner one for Baltimore area startups and the trend should continue in 2014, entrepreneurs say.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce named Maryland the top state for entrepreneurship and innovation while Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank launched a boot camp for entrepreneurs last year. And gb.tc Executive Director Jason Hardebeck recently launched a Baltimore accelerator, DreamIT Ventures, for healthcare information technology companies.
“The number and quality of startups is increasing. You can almost feel the momentum,” says Greg Cangialosi, managing member of startup funding group Baltimore Angels and Federal Hill incubator Betamore. The Baltimore Angels had more than 200 requests for funding in 2013 and more than 700 requests total since the group’s inception since 2009.
BmoreMedia looked at three startup companies that are poised to grow quickly. Citelighter fled the Big Apple for Charm City. DinnerTime launched in Baltimore in October with the goal of offering busy parents a tool to help with meal planning. The third, SameGrain, is a new social media outlet that goes beyond online dating to match people who share similar interests.
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