The ETC (Emerging Technology Centers), a Baltimore-based technology incubator, announced the winners of its 2017 Accelerate Baltimore program:
Arbit – a mobile social engagement tool built for professional athletes, celebrities and brands to connect with their fan bases through photo-polling;
Barttron – maker of Chord, a smart collar that uses only positive reinforcement to keep pets safe within invisible fences, establish indoor boundaries and eliminate annoying behavior;
Gunbail – a mobile application that reduces gun violence by incentivizing criminal offenders to surrender illegal guns in exchange for bail release;
Reciprocare – a technology company that helps both paid caregivers and home care agencies to make more money by connecting them in support of fast-track hiring;
Swaggle – a mobile marketplace that connects men’s resale fashion sellers to interested buyers with a curated and personalized experience;
The Wealth Factory (WealthyLife) – a designer of financial literacy and workforce development education technology games that provides an engaging experience for users learn how to earn income, budget and manage their finances.
“For this 2017 cohort, ETC saw the highest quality applications, and the group of judges found it a challenge to select our six finalists,” said ETC President Deb Tillett in a statement. “The value the Accelerate Baltimore program provides to the cohort continues to resonate with applicants and graduates and reinforces Baltimore as the place for innovation, startups and technology.”
Each of the six companies will be awarded $25,000 in seed funding and four months of programming supplied by the ETC. After successful completion of the program, one Accelerate Baltimore company will be awarded an additional $100,000.
Last year, Accelerate Baltimore awarded additional funding to mybestbox, a consumer products and analytics platform that helps people have and maintain healthier lifestyles in a convenient and affordable way.
This is the sixth year ETC has run Accelerate Baltimore in partnership with the Abell Foundation.