Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures Newsletter
ISSUE #19   |  August 2017
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Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures
From award-winning entrepreneurs to an enhanced technology search engine, Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV) has had a productive summer. In this newsletter, we highlight what’s new at JHTV as well as the innovative solutions emerging from Johns Hopkins that may very well change the world.
LifeSprout, Proscia and Sonavex CEOs Named to BBJ’s 40 Under 40

9ed5d189-bf79-4116-8eab-7c5c47527df1.jpgThe Baltimore Business Journal included three CEOs with ties to FastForward on its annual 40 Under 40 list: Sashank Reddy of LifeSprout, David West of Proscia and David Narrow of Sonavex
An Unlikely Company Inspired JHTV’s New Technology Search Engine

7f5e69b2-4a27-4225-864f-b136b543fa90.jpgEver purchase something from Zappos? If so, you may find Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures’ technology publisher site familiar.
Teacher Supply Shortages Lead to Free Storage Closet

58f542f4-cdc5-44a6-b42d-cd3cf179ef89.jpgAs the school year ramps up, Melissa Badeker is ensuring teachers and students have the supplies they need to make it a productive one. The Baltimore Sun profiles Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap, a Social Innovation Lab venture.
R. Keith Baker Award: A Friend Remembered, 2 Others Honored

02b534cf-1364-4e99-9cad-836125d7e886.jpgA mentor, friend and so much more, R. Keith Baker passed away suddenly in 2013, but those at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures who knew him carry their beloved colleague’s memory and feel his inspiration every day.
3 Hopkins Faculty Members Awarded $270,000 in Thalheimer Funding

5ed63496-1bb6-4444-98fc-1a9ba544d5c3.jpgIn July, three Johns Hopkins faculty members received awards totaling more than a quarter million dollars from the Louis B. Thalheimer Fund for Translational Research.
Proscia is Teaching Computers to Beat Cancer

ca9afe01-5934-41e5-855d-4aeaf11697aa.jpgFor 150 years, pathologists have used glass slides and microscopes to analyze tissue samples, understand cancer and determine the best course of treatments.
Universities, Hoping to Sway Millennials, Are Now Opening
Innovation Hubs for Undergraduates

55ff48e1-52db-40da-ac5c-be65deafa533.jpgMore and more college students want to build their own businesses, and universities like Johns Hopkins are meeting that demand with space, services and funding opportunities, CNBC reports.
Meet the Entrepreneur: Brittany Young Turns Dirt Bike Passion Into Opportunity

bacab4cd-a9b5-45c4-8b2c-e3e74fa8c93a.jpgGrowing 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.
Baltimore Farm-in-a-Box a Potential Catalyst in Urban Revitalization

61fb4be1-31db-4cfd-b91a-ec98aa0ae5c3.jpgA key to Baltimore’s revitalization may sit in a Broadway East parking lot. The Baltimore Sun shows how a retrofitted shipping container is just one part of Urban Pastoral’s plan to build a better Baltimore.
2 With FastForward Ties Among Those Named to BBJ’s Tech 10

d2f21e6d-b832-43dc-a600-76c315309973.jpgThrough innovation, investments and talent nurturing, Baltimore’s tech community grows stronger every day. To recognize those most instrumental in driving this change, The Baltimore Business Journal named the recipients of its second annual Tech 10 Awards, including two with ties to FastForward.
Good News

Protenus raises $3 million Series A funding round;
Proscia receives award for leadership in digital pathology;
SIL venture measuring Baltimore air quality;
Baltimore among 8 booming entrepreneurial cities

Good news continues to roll in from across the innovation ecosystem at Johns Hopkins.

Recognition poured in, marking another month of JHTV and its ventures receiving well-deserved recognition for groundbreaking work. See the latest awards, accomplishments and more.

Social Innovation Lab Seeking Applications

Have an idea that could change your community or the world? Apply to the Social Innovation Lab (SIL) at Johns Hopkins University.

SIL provides funding, mentorship, office space and workshops to emerging social ventures in order to help them accelerate their impact and grow into thriving, sustainable ventures.

If you’d like to apply, please read the call for applications.

Women In Bio Baltimore Meet Ups

Join Women in Bio for a free seminar featuring a guest speaker from Latham BioPharm Group. The event will feature a presentation and discussion about the wide world of non-dilutive funding for innovative researchers and startups.

When: Thursday, September 14, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Where: UM BioPark, 801 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD

Register now!

Social Innovation Lab Bootcamp

Have an idea for a social venture but need help getting started? Attend the Social Innovation Lab's Bootcamp on Sept. 30 to get guidance from experienced social entrepreneurs.

The intense one-day event will give you the opportunity to learn how to grow your idea into a venture that makes an impact. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

When: Saturday, September 30 at 9 a.m.
Mountcastle Auditorium, 725 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD

Register now!

Vote! Baltimore Innovation Awards

Six Johns Hopkins entrepreneurs and startups have been named finalists for the annual Baltimore Innovation Awards, and they need your help to win.

Vote for your favorite Hopkins nominees, including:

  • Tech Startup of the Year: FactoryFour, Protenus, Tissue Analytics 
  • CTO of the Year: Gorkem Sevinc
  • Tech Mission Org of the Year: B360
  • Dev Product of the Year: Osmosis

Vote here!

EnterpRISE at Open Works

Are you a maker? Do you have a great product idea? A revolutionary manufacturing process? Join EnterpRISE, a pitch contest and six-week business boot camp designed to help you RISE!

One of the largest nonprofit makerspaces, Open Works supports artists, craftspeople and small businesses at all stages and provides access to tools; affordable studio rentals; and a wide variety of classes for both young people and adults.

Interested in joining EnterpRISE? Apply by Sept. 8!

Beta City

Interested in celebrating Baltimore’s innovators, leaders and makers? You can’t miss Beta City. The event brings together Baltimore’s greatest minds for a full day of pitches, startup demos and a celebration of our city’s growing innovation community.

When: Thursday, September 28

  • Venture Capital Pitch Day + VIP Reception – 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • The Main Event – 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: City Garage, 101 West Dickman Street, Baltimore, MD

Interested in attending? Purchase tickets here.

Digital Health Day

Interested in innovation? Join the Technology Innovation Center for a symposium that brings together Johns Hopkins’ very own health tech innovators in one space.

The full-day event will feature opportunities to collaborate with and inspire fellow innovators in digital health. Attendees will have the opportunity to see how Johns Hopkins leaders are driving innovation, listen to keynotes and panel dialogues from top industry players and tour a product showcase.

When: Monday, October 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Zayed Chevy Chase Conference Center

Register now!

Baltimore Innovation Week 2017

The sixth annual Baltimore Innovation Week 2017 will kick off on September 29 and run through October 7. The week-long celebration of technology and innovation is currently seeking sponsors, event hosts, presenters and innovators to demo their technology.

If interested, click here to apply.

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