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11 Startups with JHTV Ties Rank Among Baltimore’s Best

11 Startups with JHTV Ties Rank Among Baltimore’s Best

In the last six months, Personal Genome Diagnostics (PGDx) raised a $75 million series B, Harpoon Medical sold for $100 million and Sunayu acquired Fractal Technology. Which Baltimore startup is next?

According to Technical.ly, businesses associated with Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV) are leading the next generation of Baltimore startups. Last week, the publication released the realLIST to catalogue the city’s “top companies who have already shown promise.” The top six companies ranked and 11 of the 20 mentioned have ties to JHTV.


Technical.ly selected a group of startups tackling diverse challenges related to manufacturing, education, health care, social issues and more. To determine “promise,” considerations included:

  • Boldness of idea
  • Talent levels of founders and team
  • Customer base and revenue
  • Investment capital
  • Potential impact
  • Office space



1. READY Robotics
The FastForward startup based in City Garage enables small- and medium-sized manufacturers to unlock the productivity and potential of robots. The company’s software, which it installs in pre-made manufacturing robots, allows manufacturers to change the tasks their robots perform in hours, instead of days or weeks.
2. Osmosis
A venture in the 2013-2014 Social Innovation Lab (SIL) cohort, Osmosis has created web- and mobile-based interactive learning experiences and an online community to help medical school students study. The startup co-founded by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine students recently expanded into print.
3. FactoryFour
FactoryFour is a solution that automates manufacturing processes for the production of orthotics, eyewear and footwear, reducing lead time and eliminating errors. Johns Hopkins University undergraduates Param Shah and Alex Mathews co-founded the company and used a number of JHTV resources. In addition to participating in SIL’s 2015-2016 cohort, the Mount Vernon-based startup received funding and mentorship through the Summer Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Award.
4. Intelehealth
Led by Johns Hopkins University graduate student Neha Goel, Intelehealth operates in the telemedicine space and is developing a mobile app that improves access to health care for remote and underserved communities. Intelehealth was a member of the 2016-2017 SIL cohort.
5. Proscia
Operating in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Proscia is ushering in an era of computational pathology. Proscia CEO David West, who founded the company with other Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering undergraduates, aims to give pathologists a quantitative view of cancer, enabling them to improve patient outcomes. Proscia received funding and mentorship from JHTV’s Ralph S. O’Connor Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Fund.
6. b.Well
B.Well’s online platform puts people at the center of their health care by simplifying access to health data, insurance and on-demand health services. The startup participated in the M-1 Ventures accelerator where it grew its pipeline 300 percent and won one of two $25,000 awards.
8. B-360
B-360 is on a mission to end the cycle of poverty and build bridges in communities through a STEM education program and advocacy program centered on Baltimore’s dirt bike culture. B-360 participated in Social Innovation Lab as a member of its 2016-2017 cohort.


Sunrise Health
Co-founded in 2016 by two Johns Hopkins University students, Sunrise Health is developing a mobile app for anonymous, text-based group therapy that increases mental health support for patients and maximizes health care providers’ efficiency. Sunrise Health participated in the 2016-2017 Social Innovation Lab cohort, received support from the Ralph S. O’Connor Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Fund and the Whiting Student Initiatives Fund.
BurnAlong provides an online video fitness and wellness platform that enables users to work out with top instructors from across the country and their friends. After participating in M-1 Ventures, BurnAlong had 400 business partners and more than 3,000 members. The company also won $25,000 through M-1 Ventures.
Portable Alternative Crib
Shantell Roberts distributes safe sleep baby boxes and supplies to Baltimore families to reduce the rate of sudden infant death syndrome in the city. She was a member of the 2016-2017 SIL cohort, winning the $25,000 prize at the conclusion of the program.
A member of FastForward, PathoVax is developing a universal Human Papillomavirus vaccine. Co-founded by two Johns Hopkins University graduate students, the startup recently received two federal grants totaling $2.5 million that will help the company push its first product to clinical trials.

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Meet the Entrepreneur: Brittany Young Turns Dirt Bike Passion…

Meet the Entrepreneur: Brittany Young Turns Dirt Bike Passion Into Opportunity


Brittany Young

Growing up in West Baltimore, Brittany Young was only one of many in her neighborhood enthralled by the dirt bikers who would ride, rev and repair their bikes in Druid Hill Park as well as teach others how to do the same.

Now an engineer, Young created the social venture B-360 to show students how the skills they have developed to maintain their bikes can open career opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). It also advocates for safe dirt bike riding.

Developing STEM skills and interests early gives these children a greater opportunity to end up in a STEM career, which pays 50 percent more on average (starting at a high school diploma/GED) than their non-STEM counterparts. Additionally, a recent Brookings Institute study found that Baltimore has the eighth-highest percentage of job openings in STEM fields among large metro areas.

Another report shows that the city has more than 122,000 mid-skill level STEM careers that can lift low-income residents to the middle class.

Below, we discuss Young’s vision for B-360, Baltimore’s startup support system and the benefits of the Social Innovation Lab.

In 5 words, what does your company do?
B-360 turns passion into opportunity.

What are your goals and how will you get there?
B-360 aims to change the perspective of engineers and dirt bike riders using STEM/STEAM (science, technology, engineering, architecture and math). It also provides safe spaces for students in the program to ride and work on dirt bikes.

In addition, we aim to create a STEM workforce development pipeline by establishing an elementary and middle school program that teaches students the engineering design process, safety protocols and mechanics.

For riders, we want to advocate to the city government for safe spaces to ride and the decriminalization of riding. We also aim to partner with STEM organizations and companies to provide occupational opportunities in this field.

Why have you chosen Baltimore as your startup’s home?
Baltimore is my home and I need to start with solutions here first. Also, Baltimore is a perfect place to prove the model works. If the model can work here and be sustainable, it can work anywhere and help others who are developing social ventures that have the potential for great scalability.

Baltimore is the dirt bike capital, and dirt bikes and all their positive attributes deserve to be included in the culture of our city. As the city develops, I want its citizens to have the opportunity to grow with it and expand their career options.

What opportunities make Baltimore a good place for growing a business?
There are a lot of incubators and startups in Baltimore already as well as initiatives, such as the Social Innovation Lab, that help develop social ventures. Baltimore has a lot of resources, and people want to see innovative solutions grow and thrive here.

In terms of startups and innovation, what’s one thing that separates Baltimore from other tech hotbeds?
Baltimore is a city with great potential because it has the perfect climate for innovation. Not only have established Baltimore changemakers built a tremendous infrastructure that facilitates change in the city, they are supportive of new ideas and initiatives. It’s the perfect mix between new ideation and traditional solutions.

If you could give your past self one piece of advice for creating a startup, what would it be?
Never be afraid to get out there and try something new, and don’t think your idea is too simple. Also, understand that not everyone was given your vision, so it is okay if people do not get it.

What book are you currently reading?
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahisi Coates and Building Nonprofit Capacity: A Guide to Managing Change Through Organizational Lifecycles by John Brothers

What innovator do you look up to? Why?
Kimberly Bryant of Black Girls Code. I feel like we have similar stories of noticing inequity/disparity in our communities or workplace and wanting to help future generations not have the same struggle.

She was able to start with a small model, teaching girls of color how to code locally and then was easily able to replicate her model and help so many in a powerful way. Her program gives hard skills for careers but also social and life lessons on the importance of power in numbers, community-based solutions and impact as opposed to quantification.

It’s after a long day of work, and you don’t feel like cooking. What is your go-to Baltimore restaurant?
Depending on my mood, it will be either Connie’s Chicken and Waffles, Home Maid or Land of Kush.

What’s your favorite non-work-related thing to do in Baltimore?
I honestly just enjoy family time; getting together to go for walks or having picnics at Druid Hill on warmer days, visiting a museum, going to visit my grandmother, taking random car rides around the city. My siblings and I get together every weekend just for some “us” time and they keep me grounded.

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