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New Accelerator Seeks to Attract Connected Health and Fitness…

New Accelerator Seeks to Attract Connected Health and Fitness Startups from Across the Country to Baltimore

The 16-week M-1 Ventures program to provide dedicated startup support that facilitates the development of innovative health care solutions.


M-1 VenturesBALTIMORE, MD (July 12, 2017) – Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures, Plank Industries, the University of Maryland (through UM Ventures), Brown Advisory and the Abell Foundation announced today that they are providing support for M-1 Ventures, a new Baltimore-based startup accelerator focused on connected health and fitness technologies. The 16-week program will be housed in FastForward East, an innovation hub on the Johns Hopkins medical campus, and will challenge startups selected from a national applicant pool to validate their business models, engage with customers and build on traction they have already generated. Additional support for the program comes from the Maryland Department of Commerce and Village Capital.

“By focusing this accelerator on connected health and fitness, M-1 Ventures takes advantage of our regional strengths to provide startups in this business vertical with a clearer path to success,” says Christy Wyskiel, a senior adviser to the president of The Johns Hopkins University and leader of Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures. “M-1 participants will receive specialized support and resources from top industry researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators that will help them develop health and fitness solutions that will drive real impact.”

The program will run under the direction of Paul Singh, an entrepreneur, angel investor and co-founder of the investment firm 500 Startups, and former Wells Fargo, UBS and Bank of America executive Tony D’Agostino, a serial entrepreneur currently working with ZyGood, a medical device startup developing an external neuromodulation device to treat chronic pain. Experts from The Johns Hopkins University, Plank Industries, the University of Maryland, Brown Advisory and several other dedicated, experienced mentors will provide guidance to the M-1 entrepreneurs.

The M-1 Ventures program will launch with its first cohort September 5 and run for 16 weeks, which includes a Demo Day in Mid-December that will provide investors and potential partners and collaborators an opportunity to get to know M-1’s first cohort. The application period is currently open and will close on August 4. Startups selected to the M-1 Ventures program receive:

  • $25,000 in equity funding
  • 1-on-1 mentorship from investor/entrepreneurs Paul Singh and Tony D’Agostino
  • Co-working space in FastForward East, an innovation hub on the Johns Hopkins medical campus
  • Access to and mentorship from connected health and fitness experts at Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland as well as an array of other speakers
  • Pro bono legal/accounting services and additional business resources
  • Access to the industry’s and region’s top investors at a Demo Day
  • The opportunity to win one of two additional $25,000 investments


“Brown Advisory has always been proud to support Johns Hopkins’ efforts to strengthen Baltimore’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, and now we are excited to work alongside several of our city’s leading institutions to accelerate further economic growth,” says Brown Advisory CEO Mike Hankin. “We hope that our colleagues and network will be useful to the M-1 Ventures participants and that, together, we can help to deepen investor engagement across Baltimore, where talent and innovation are on the rise.”

In addition to actively recruiting a diverse pool of connected health and fitness entrepreneurs, M-1 Ventures will deploy Washington, D.C.-based venture capital firm Village Capital’s unique peer-review model for investment. In this model, participating entrepreneurs will rate their peers on a variety of metrics throughout the program, transforming the traditional investment paradigm of “who you know” to “what you know.” The two highest rated teams at the end of the program will receive additional investment commitments.

“We are excited to provide access to our expert researchers and practitioners to ensure that truly innovative ideas have a chance of succeeding,” says Jim Hughes, co-director, UM Ventures and VP, University of Maryland, Baltimore. “Given our collaboration around the Center for Sports Medicine, Health and Human Performance at the University of Maryland, College Park, which was seeded with a $25 million gift from Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank, the timing couldn’t be better. We look forward to collaborating with our partners in Baltimore to make this a destination for all connected health and fitness companies.”

For more information about M-1, visit

About Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures

Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV) is The Johns Hopkins University’s intellectual property administration center, serving Johns Hopkins researchers and inventors as a licensing, patent and technology commercialization office and acting as an active liaison to parties interested in leveraging university research or materials for academic or corporate endeavors. JHTV helps develop new discoveries and inventions into products and services that benefit society and transform the world. In 2016, JHTV secured more than $58 million in licensing revenue, possessed more than 2,454 active issued patents and created 22 new startup companies. For more information about Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures, opportunities to collaborate, start a technology venture or license a technology, visit
About Plank Industries

Plank Industries is a privately-held company with diversified holdings in commercial real estate, hospitality, food and beverage, venture capital and thoroughbred horseracing, all under the Sagamore group of brands. The company is based in Baltimore, MD, USA. Under the leadership of Tom Geddes, ClEO, Plank Industries serves as the family office and investment arm of Kevin A. Plank, founder, Chairman and CEO of Under Armour, Inc.
About UM Ventures

UM Ventures is a joint initiative of the MPowering the State Program, bringing the University of Maryland, Baltimore and University of Maryland, College Park together to commercialize discoveries, and create economic impact by engaging partners in industry and social ventures. By encouraging students and faculty, providing expert advice and business services, more discoveries will reach the market. By engaging directly with external partners, UM Ventures brings new investment, expanded markets and more startup ventures.
About Brown Advisory

Brown Advisory is an independent investment firm committed to providing its clients with a combination of first‐class investment performance, strategic advice, and the highest level of service. Founded in 1993 as an affiliate of Alex, Brown & Sons, a leading U.S. investment bank, Brown Advisory became independent in 1998. Today the firm serves private clients and institutions in 34 countries from eight offices globally. The firm’s colleague equity ownership, experienced investment professionals, collaborative investment process, and client-first culture help to make a material difference in the lives of its clients. For more information, please visit



TEDCO has $300K to bring new incubator ideas to…

TEDCO has $300K to bring new incubator ideas to Maryland

The Incubation Challenge is seeking ideas that haven’t been tried here before. Proposals are due July 31.

TEDCO is known for providing seed funding for early stage companies.

“We want to help the incubation industry raise their bar, too, and keep pace with acceleration and innovation in Maryland,” said Neil Davis, Director of Entrepreneurial Development at the quasi-public agency that backs early stage companies.

So the agency is offering a new grant to help incubators try something new — or, something that’s been tried outside of Maryland.

The formal call for proposals recently went out for the Incubation Challenge. TEDCO set aside $300,000 in grant money, and will make up to two awards, Davis said. To enter, a seven-page proposal must be submitted by July 31.

The whole point is to bring in new ideas, so the parameters are fairly loose. Since Maryland has lots of incubators already, Davis said the proposal could come from an existing organization, as well as a new group that’s looking to get started. Whether the focus is attracting talent, generating traction with partners and institutions or something else, the idea is to provide some funding for a new resource that can help meet the needs of startups.

“We would love to see someone propose something that’s been used successfully elsewhere, but that’s not a requirement, either,” Davis said.

TEDCO often commissions studies to see what was happening in other places, such as the Emerging Trends study referenced in the RFP. With the challenge, the agency is “taking it to another level and providing real dollars for people to propose and put ideas into place here, said TEDCO President John Wasilisin.

For those interested in learning more, an in-person info session is being held from 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at TEDCO headquarters in Columbia, as well as two conference call sessions from 2-3 p.m. on June 15 and 16.

Click here to see the RFP

Want to search available technologies at Johns Hopkins? Click here.


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