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News Media Advisory: Johns Hopkins Entrepreneurs to Participate in Pitch Competition for $100,000 - 09/24/2015

News Media Advisory: Johns Hopkins Entrepreneurs to Participate in Pitch Competition for $100,000

Release Date: September 24, 2015

What: Six Johns Hopkins business startups will participate in a live pitch competition as part of AOL cofounder, Steve Case’s, upcoming Rise of the Rest Road Trip to Baltimore on September 28. In total, eight start-ups will compete and one entrepreneur will win a $100,000 investment in his or her company.

The tour is part of a national effort to shine a spotlight on one of the most important trends shaping the U.S. economy today — a confluence of factors that are making it easier for startups to launch and create jobs and innovation in places like Baltimore, not just in Silicon Valley.

The Rise of the Rest tours are a nationwide effort led by Case to showcase — and invest in — entrepreneurs in emerging startup ecosystems across the U.S. Through the initiative, $1.5 million has been invested in startup businesses in 14 cities.  Following Baltimore, the tour continues in Philadelphia on September 29th, Buffalo on September 30th, Manchester on October 1st, and Portland on October 2nd.

When: Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230

How: Journalists can join the road trip beginning the morning of Sept. 28. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Senator Ben Cardin, Johns Hopkins University President Ron Daniels, Congressman John Delaney and other local political, business, and civic leaders will join Steve Case on a bus tour of local startups. They will discuss the past, present, and future of Baltimore’s startup economy.

Who: Celebrity judges include Steve Case, Ben Jealous (Partner at Kapor Capital, Former President & CEO NAACP), Chris Jeffrey (Founder of OrderUp), among others.

Startups Participating in the Pitch Competition

  • ShapeU - Data driven Solution to group personal training (Johns Hopkins affiliated startup)
  • Sisu Global Health - A medical device company for emerging markets, including Sub-Saharan Africa (Johns Hopkins affiliated startup)
  • Edessa - A scalable automated hand washing system that standardizes the hand washing process (Johns Hopkins affiliated startup)
  • Sonavex – A platform that detects blood clots prior to morbid surgical failures (Johns Hopkins affiliated startup)
  • ProsciaImplants image (Johns Hopkins affiliated startup)
  • PapGene – Early ovarian cancer detection system (Johns Hopkins affiliated startup)
  • Javazen – Compound analysis to develop a healthier and natural coffee
    Giftcard Rescue - A platform that allows nonprofit organizations to accept and turn unused gift cards into cash


Contact Jania Matthews ( or 615-294-3390) to confirm your attendance to the pitch competition or to join us for the bus tour. Confirmation to participate in any portion of the bus tour can be received at any point throughout the tour. However, RSVP’s received with notice of intentions will be greatly appreciated.

Baltimore Bus Tour Schedule

7:45-8:15 a.m.

Event: Flag Raising with Entrepreneurs at Fort McHenry

Location: Fort McHenry, 2400 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230

8:30-9:40 a.m.

Event: VIP Breakfast with founders, local political, business, and civic leaders

Location: Atwater’s, 855 N. Wolfe Street, Suite A, Baltimore MD 21205

9:45-10:00 a.m.

Event: Tour of Fast Forward

Location:  855 N. Wolfe St, Baltimore MD 21205

10:15-11:00 a.m.

Event: Tour of Impact Hub

Location: 10 E North Ave, Baltimore, MD

11:15-11:35 a.m.

Event: Tour of R2integrated

Location: 400 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202

11:50-12:10 p.m.

Event: Tour of Under Armour

Location:  1020 Hull Suite #300, Baltimore, MD 21230

12:20-1:35 p.m.

Event: VIP Lunch with founders, local political, business and civic leaders

Location: Nick’s Fish House, 2600 Insulator Dr. Baltimore, MD 21230

1:50-2:35 p.m.

Event: Tour of Betamore and Zero Fox

Location: 1111 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230

2:50-3:15 p.m.

Event: Tour of OrderUp

Location:  2400 Boston St, 21224

4 p.m.

Pitch Competition for $100,000 and Fireside Chat with Steve Case (Revolution). Case will be interviewed by Stephen Foley (Financial Times). And the pitch competition will be moderated by Tige Savage (Revolution).

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Startup Celebration with Steve Case. Free and open to the public and Happy Hour to award $100,000 to pitch competition winner

Location: Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230

For the Media


Jania Matthews