Three companies from Towson University’s business incubator are moving on to the real world, and there’s a celebration in their honor tomorrow evening.
TU Incubator, formerly known as TowsonGlobal, will honor the graduates’ achievements at its third Celebration of Entrepreneurial Success on the campus at 5 p.m. Thursday.
The graduates are:
Jennifer Dodson and her marketing firm Adashmore Creative. Dodson, a 2010 TU grad, has snagged several impressive clients so far, including GBMC Healthcare and Wegman’s. Adashmore Creative, which provides strategic planning, online marketing, branding and design services, is focused on the Baltimore area.
Ben Walsh and Pure Bang Games, his independent game studio. Walsh founded the company in 2010 and entered TU Incubator after tying for first place in its inaugural Business Plan Competition in 2011. More than 100,000 people have played Pure Bang Games’ first videogame, My Pet Rock, and shared photos of their “pets” on Facebook. The company is now focusing on mobile videogames, and recently released Deep Dive, which can be downloaded from iTunes and Google Play.
Lisa Drouillard and My Hopeful Journey, her web app for managing infertility treatments. My Hopeful Journey was the other first-place winner of the 2011 Business Plan Competition. The app is a tool for keeping track of appointments, medications and procedures. It also includes financial tracking, a to-do list and a journal for users to chronicle the emotional ups and downs of infertility.
Since its inception in 2007, Towson’s incubator has graduated nine companies. Another 18 startups are still members of the incubator. Companies are deemed ready to leave the nest when they achieve specific, personalized milestones, such as generating a certain amount of revenue or hiring a certain number of employees.