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Baltimore start-ups will find support in new series of joint programs from Johns Hopkins and U Maryland


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: February 7th, 2018

Start-ups in Baltimore will have more opportunities for support and mentorship with the launch of a series of new entrepreneurial events and programs that combine the efforts of two major universities.

Led by Johns Hopkins University and the University System of Maryland (USM), Anchor Ventures will feature speakers including AOL co-founder Steve Case in the inaugural event, as well as various entrepreneurs and investors from the Baltimore region.

“Each month what we’re really trying to do is focus on smaller conversations around true needs of entrepreneurs and trying to answer those more effectively,” says Megan Wahler, program manager at Johns Hopkins’ start-up accelerator, FastForward.

Hopkins and USM will alternate hosting duties for the events. They are also collaborating to launch Trajectory Next, a three-month program designed to help local companies after they have exited the accelerator phase.

“With the current leadership at the University System of Maryland and Johns Hopkins, we all agree that collaboration increases the footprint of Baltimore and Maryland,” says Mary Morris, assistant vice chancellor for economic development at USM.

Anchor Ventures will also provide participating start-ups will individual meetings with advisors from the two universities’ tech transfer offices.

“Many accelerator programs focus on helping start-ups perfect the investor pitch,” says Wahler. “In our experience, start-ups don’t get enough help with the customer pitch. Our weekly training sessions will fill that gap and get companies over the early sales planning hump.”

Source: Technical.ly

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