The Baltimore Business Journal’s latest 40 Under 40 list released Tuesday is teeming with talent, including two entrepreneurs who have grown their start-ups with assistance from Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures.
Reidy, 28, holds an MBA from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and grew his startup in the Social Innovation Lab. Founded in 2014, Urban Pastoral has flourished in its work to re-engineer how city residents get produce. Urban Pastoral has ignited Baltimore’s food economy by integrating high-tech agricultural production, complementary food businesses and workforce development opportunities into underutilized urban spaces. BoxUp, one of Reidy’s more notable agricultural initiatives, uses a 320-square-foot shipping container to house a hydroponic garden that grows 60-80 pounds of produce per week from 10 gallons of recycled water and 80 kilowatt hours of electricity a day.
Shah, 20, a junior computer science major at The Johns Hopkins University, used an experience in high school in which he saw children in India with ill-fitting orthotics to revolutionize the orthopedic device supply chain. His growing company is helping move outdated orthopedic practices into the 21st century with technologies that maximize clinic efficiency by digitizing order forms, replace hour-long hand-casting sessions with a 10-minute 3-D scan and automate the manufacturing of custom orthopedic devices.
The Baltimore Business Journal whittled the list down to 40 from more than 250 nominations. In its announcement post, the publication wrote of the 40 honorees, “They are Greater Baltimore businesspeople who have excelled quickly within their fields, engaged with the community and made a name for themselves all before the age of 40.”