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TEDCO invests $25K in rural Md. pre-seed company

The Maryland Technology Development Corp. (TEDCO), Maryland’s economic engine for technology companies, announced Tuesday its Rural Business Innovation Initiative (RBII) made a $25,000 investment in Alirtify, an intelligence-gathering platform based in Frederick.

Alirtify, founded by Kwabena Okrah, is an artificial intelligence platform that uses data from news events such as sentiments, location and key words to glean real-time insights.

Alirtify uses news data as well as social media, blogs and other publicly available data to reduce the noise and only share what is important to the user. The key is geo-tagging contacts in the user’s connections from various platforms to news and social media within 60 miles radius of those contacts.

TEDCO’s RBII is designed to enhance technology commercialization and provide technical and business assistance to small and early-stage companies in rural Maryland. To learn more about mentoring and funding opportunities from RBII, visit