Amid the pitches, demos, networking and electric bocce-ball games at Thursday’s Beta City celebration in Port Covington, two people were recognized for their contributions to the Baltimore region’s entrepreneurship and innovation community.
Bob Embry, president of the Abell Foundation, and Christy Wyskiel, who oversees tech transfer at Johns Hopkins University, each received an award from Betamore, the Federal Hill-based incubator and education center for tech and entrepreneurship,
Betamore co-sponsored Beta City along with Plank Industries, Technical.ly Baltimore and Startup Maryland. It was held at Plank Industries’ new City Garage space, intended to be a hub for startups doing light manufacturing, a “makerspace” that will allow community members access to industrial-grade tools, and a research center for Under Armour.
Embry was given the Beta award, which “recognizes individuals for their deep impact on the local entrepreneurial community.” Wyskiel was given the Silo Breaker award, given each year to a community member that actively works to connect people and institutions in the city in support of entrepreneurship, according to Betamore.
“Becoming a global destination for entrepreneurship doesn’t happen overnight, and it doesn’t happen without hard work from people like Bob and Christy,” Betamore CEO Jennifer Meyer said in a news release. “Both have made Baltimore better in a lasting way through their continuous creativity and idea generation, the critical connections they’ve created, and their deep commitment to fostering entrepreneurship in all sectors of the city.”
Beta City also included a pitch session for several local startups, a VIP demo session where two dozen companies could show off their products and services, and a party with music, drinks and an indoor bocce court with light-up balls.