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Upcoming awards will honor Md. startups

Makers of a recipe-management app that helps you figure out what — and how — to cook. A special gel that helps football gloves stay sticky. An ugly produce supplier.

Those are among the slew of tech startups that are finalists for the 2016 Maryland Incubator Company of the Year awards.

The annual awards recognize the best and brightest of the emerging companies residing in Maryland’s startup incubators. This year’s winners will be announced at a ceremony at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore Tuesday evening.

The 23 finalists have demonstrated a commitment to their ideas and visions and will help drive future innovation in the state, John Wasilisin, president and COO of TEDCO, one of the program’s sponsors, said in a statement.

In previous years, award categories have included best new incubator company, best environment/energy company, graduate company, consumer goods company, health technology company, life sciences company, technology company and technology services company.

This year’s finalists — and the incubators that have helped them — are:

  • Brinkbit (Emerging Technology Centers)
  • Kitchology (Montgomery County Business Innovation Network – Germantown)
  • NextLOGiK (Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship)
  • Zalgen Labs (Montgomery County Business Innovation Network – Germantown)

Other sponsors of the awards program include RSM US, Saul Ewing LLP, Emergent BioSolutions, the Maryland Department of Commerce, M&T Bank and the Maryland Business Incubation Association.