Three HACK Baltimore teams have been selected for the 2020 AccelerateBaltimore cohort. Five companies in total have been selected to participate in its AccelerateBaltimore 2020 program, each receiving $50,000 in seed funding from the Abell Foundation.
The three HACK Baltimore teams in the cohort are:
- Made @ Dent — A maker space social enterprise between Baltimore youth and Dent Education focused on design and production of PPEs (currently face shields)
- Fight Blight Bmore — A reporting application for informing residents and reporting to city officials about blight and remediation efforts in Baltimore
- The Black Brain Trust (TBBT) — A Justice/Equity/Diversity/Inclusion (JEDI) scoring system created as a standard for companies to measure how equity is centered in their business practices
HACK Baltimore announced a partnership with the ETC and AccelerateBaltimore in June. ETC has assisted Baltimore’s technology entrepreneurs through a wide variety of programs since 1999, one of which is AccelerateBaltimore. The goal of this Accelerator program is to close the gap between innovative ideas and getting to market by providing seed capital, resources, mentors, potential partners, and a collaborative community.
Together the two organizations created the HACK Baltimore-ETCAccelerate Challenge. The charge was to address challenges in the focus areas of housing, transportation, health & wellness, education and public safety. More than 20 entries were received by HACK Baltimore to receive support prior to applying for the Accelerate Baltimore program. AccelerateBaltimore received 85 total applications this year.
The HACK Baltimore organizers worked with six finalists to help them prepare applications for the 2020 Accelerate Baltimore cohort, refining their solution concept and value proposition. Three HACK Baltimore teams were part of the group of finalists selected by Accelerate Baltimore to go through to the final round, which included a pitch presentation. HACK Baltimore worked with the finalists in the development of their pitch deck and video presentation.