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SHIFT Ventures, Conscious Venture Lab host Demo Day 4

Jeff Cherry, CEO of SHIFT Ventures and founder of Conscious Venture Lab, chat with Joe Mechlinski, CEO of SHIFT and general partner of SHIFT Ventures. (Photo by Shawn Wehland, Conscious Venture Lab & SHIFT Ventures)

Jeff Cherry, CEO of SHIFT Ventures and founder of Conscious Venture Lab, chat with Joe Mechlinski, CEO of SHIFT and general partner of SHIFT Ventures. (Photo by Shawn Wehland, Conscious Venture Lab & SHIFT Ventures)

From left, Gabe Bustos, director of education with Ortus Academy; Josh Massey, COO and co-founder of Ortus Academy; Janice DeLoatch, of New Media Strategic Planning; and Marianna Pappas, managing director with SHIFT Ventures and Conscious Venture Lab, attended Demo Day 4: A Challenge for More Resilient Cities. (Photo by Shawn Wehland, Conscious Venture Lab & SHIFT Ventures)

From left, Gabe Bustos, director of education with Ortus Academy; Josh Massey, COO and co-founder of Ortus Academy; Janice DeLoatch, of New Media Strategic Planning; and Marianna Pappas, managing director with SHIFT Ventures and Conscious Venture Lab, attended Demo Day 4: A Challenge for More Resilient Cities. (Photo by Shawn Wehland, Conscious Venture Lab & SHIFT Ventures)

Brendan Doherty, left, co-founder of Forbes Impact, gets a photo with Andrew Suggs, CEO of Live Chair, during SHIFT Ventures’ Demo Day 4: A Challenge for More Resilient Cities. (Photo by Shawn Wehland, Conscious Venture Lab & SHIFT Ventures)

Brendan Doherty, left, co-founder of Forbes Impact, gets a photo with Andrew Suggs, CEO of Live Chair, during SHIFT Ventures’ Demo Day 4: A Challenge for More Resilient Cities. (Photo by Shawn Wehland, Conscious Venture Lab & SHIFT Ventures)

Jeff Cherry, left, CEO of SHIFT Ventures and founder of Conscious Venture Lab, snaps a photo with Reed Gusciora, the mayor of Trenton, New Jersey. (Photo by Shawn Wehland, Conscious Venture Lab & SHIFT Ventures)

Jeff Cherry, left, CEO of SHIFT Ventures and founder of Conscious Venture Lab, snaps a photo with Reed Gusciora, the mayor of Trenton, New Jersey. (Photo by Shawn Wehland, Conscious Venture Lab & SHIFT Ventures)

Jeff Cherry, center, CEO of SHIFT Ventures and founder of Conscious Venture Lab, is all smiles with Trenton, New Jersey City Council President Kathy McBride, left, and Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora. (Photo by Shawn Wehland, Conscious Venture Lab & SHIFT Ventures)

Jeff Cherry, center, CEO of SHIFT Ventures and founder of Conscious Venture Lab, is all smiles with Trenton, New Jersey City Council President Kathy McBride, left, and Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora. (Photo by Shawn Wehland, Conscious Venture Lab & SHIFT Ventures)

From left, Larry Rivitz, SHIFT Syndicate Member; Laurin Leonard, COO of R3Score; Michelle Geiss, co-founder and executive director of Impact Hub Baltimore; and Jeff Cherry, CEO of SHIFT Ventures and founder of Conscious Venture Lab, pause for a photo during SHIFT Ventures’ Demo Day 4: A Challenge for More Resilient Cities. (Photo by Shawn Wehland, Conscious Venture Lab & SHIFT Ventures)

From left, Larry Rivitz, SHIFT Syndicate Member; Laurin Leonard, COO of R3Score; Michelle Geiss, co-founder and executive director of Impact Hub Baltimore; and Jeff Cherry, CEO of SHIFT Ventures and founder of Conscious Venture Lab, pause for a photo during SHIFT Ventures’ Demo Day 4: A Challenge for More Resilient Cities. (Photo by Shawn Wehland, Conscious Venture Lab & SHIFT Ventures)

Norman Stuart, COO of Optikal Care, speaks to some guests at SHIFT Ventures’ Demo Day 4: A Challenge for More Resilient Cities. (Photo by Shawn Wehland, Conscious Venture Lab & SHIFT Ventures)

Norman Stuart, COO of Optikal Care, speaks to some guests at SHIFT Ventures’ Demo Day 4: A Challenge for More Resilient Cities. (Photo by Shawn Wehland, Conscious Venture Lab & SHIFT Ventures)

TEDCO CEO George Davis, left, chats with Deb Tillett, executive director of the Emerging Technology Center, while Demian Costa, managing partner of Sagamore Ventures, studies up on one of the pitch participants during SHIFT Ventures’ Demo Day 4: A Challenge for More Resilient Cities. Davis, Tillett and Costa were pitch review panelists for the event. (Photo by Shawn Wehland, Conscious Venture Lab & SHIFT Ventures)

TEDCO CEO George Davis, left, chats with Deb Tillett, executive director of the Emerging Technology Center, while Demian Costa, managing partner of Sagamore Ventures, studies up on one of the pitch participants during SHIFT Ventures’ Demo Day 4: A Challenge for More Resilient Cities. Davis, Tillett and Costa were pitch review panelists for the event. (Photo by Shawn Wehland, Conscious Venture Lab & SHIFT Ventures)

Teresa Hodge, CEO & founder of R3Score, attended SHIFT Ventures’ Demo Day 4: A Challenge for More Resilient Cities. (Photo by Shawn Wehland, Conscious Venture Lab & SHIFT Ventures)

Teresa Hodge, CEO & founder of R3Score, attended SHIFT Ventures’ Demo Day 4: A Challenge for More Resilient Cities. (Photo by Shawn Wehland, Conscious Venture Lab & SHIFT Ventures)

SHIFT Ventures and Conscious Venture Lab (CVL) hosted Demo Day 4: A Challenge for More Resilient Cities Jan. 9 to give six rising companies with socially responsible missions the chance to pitch ideas and reveal new company developments in front of local and national investors, entrepreneurs and thought leaders.

More than 130 people turned out at the Stavros Niarchos Parkway Theater in Baltimore to network and observe pitches from CoAuthor, Komehsa Essentials, Optikal Contact Care Inc., Ortus Academy, R3 Score and TruDiary – they are the second group of companies to graduate from the CVL space in west Baltimore – and five were founded by minority females.

The pitch review panelists included Demian Costa, managing director of Sagamore Ventures; Deb Tillett, CEO of the Emerging Technology Center; and George Davis, CEO of TEDCO. 

The event kicked off with a panel, “Social Impact and the New Narrative of Business” with Tim Shirk, managing director Ritchie Family Office — Fox River Partners; Ahmad Ashkar, CEO of the Hult Prize Foundation; and Brendan Dougherty, Founder of Forbes Impact. Attendees also heard from dynamic speakers including Jeff Cherry, CEO of SHIFT Ventures and CVL founder; Joe Mechlinksi, CEO of SHIFT and general partner of SHIFT Ventures; and Evan Lutz, a 2015 graduate of the CVL program and CEO of Hungry Harvest.

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