A mobile health company with Johns Hopkins roots earned the $50,000 top prize Thursday at Beta City's daylong startup showcase and pitch competition in Baltimore.
Tissue Analytics, founded by JHU biomedical engineering graduates Kevin Keenahan and Josh Budman, presented its mobile application designed to help doctors and nurses track wound healing. It was one of eight startups to present business plans, according to The Baltimore Sun.
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The pitch competition was part of Beta City, a daylong startup showcase put on by Sagamore Ventures, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank's private venture investing arm, and the technology incubator Betamore. Now in its second year, Beta City aims to cast Baltimore as an emerging hub for entrepreneurship and technology by highlighting promising young companies and entrepreneurs.
In addition to being an opportunity to show off some of the area's promising companies, Beta City was a place for the city's growing entrepreneurship and technology community to eat, drink, and mingle. The event drew 700 attendees.
"This is a great moment for Baltimore," said Christy Wyskiel, who leads Hopkins' technology commercialization efforts as a senior adviser to President Ronald J. Daniels. "This is one big community now, and that's what can differentiate Baltimore from others—we're all cheering for each other."