StarTUp Accelerator

Jump-start your venture in eight weeks with the TU StarTUp Accelerator.

The Towson University StarTUp Accelerator is an intensive eight-week, cohort-based fellowship where ventures take residency and work in a collaborative space accelerating their ventures. A few weeks after the fellowship, at the StarTUp Accelerator Showcase, each venture gives a five-minute pitch to an audience of senior TU administrators, potential investors and clients, TU alumni, and community members. Accepted Ventures receive a $10,000 equity-free stipend as well as mentorship, founder-centric programming and exposure to successful ventures who are alumni of this model.

2020 StarTUp Accelerator Showcase

Thursday, December 3, 3–3:45 p.m.


Join the participants of the inaugural cohort of the StarTUp Accelerator for the 2020 StarTUP Accelerator Showcase. This virtual event will feature product pitches and interviews with the cohort, remarks from President Kim Schatzel, and Patrick McQuown, executive director of entrepreneurship.

Agenda–3–3:45 p.m.

Welcome Remarks

  • Patrick McQuown, executive director, entrepreneurship, Towson University
  • Kim Schatzel, president, Towson University

Founder Profiles

  • Introduction: Emma Simpson, baltimore community manager, Venture for America
  • Adeel Afshar, co-founder, Halal Beauty
  • Hua Wang, founder & CEO, Smart Bridge
  • Ben Ferry, founder, Lockbox Adventures

Founder Pitches

  • Flave
    Introduction: Dave Vanko, dean, Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, Towson University
    Pitch: Derek Battle and Jal Irani, co-founders, Flave
  • Shark Market
    Introduction: Shohreh Kaynama, dean, College of Business and Economics, Towson University
    Pitch: Andrew Anawalt and Cullen Joyce, co-founders, SharkMarket
  • Stocastic
    Introduction: Dr. Jeremiah Hinson, assistant professor of emergency medicine, Johns Hopkins; co-director, Center for Data Science in Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins
    Pitch: Eric Hamrock, co-founder & CEO, Stocastic

Closing Remarks

  • Patrick McQuown, executive director, entrepreneurship, Towson University

Inaugural Cohort



Eric Hamrock and Dr. Scott Levin

StoCastic is transforming the delivery of healthcare through ground-breaking products and services that harness large-scale electronic health record (EHR) data to give care teams real-time predictive insight for smoother, more affordable care. Our products are rooted in data science and operations research developed at Johns Hopkins Medicine. 

Halal Beauty Cosmetics

Halal Beauty Cosmetics

Adeel Afshar

Halal Beauty Cosmetics is a 100% halal certified consumer cosmetics brand working to help Muslims both look and feel beautiful without compromising on their faith. Their products contain no pork or alcohol, thereby meeting the demands of millions of Muslims around the world. 

Flave: Taste the town


Jal Irani, Derek Battle and James Soldinger

Flave is a mobile app that incentivizes foodies to eat local instead of at chain restaurants. We do this through gamification and getting personalized friend recommendations.

Lockbox Adventures

Lockbox Adventures

Ben Ferry

Lockbox Adventures is a challenging, puzzle-solving game where players get a locked box, without a combination. Players must solve a series of puzzles to reveal the combination to ultimately gain access to the box and receive their prize.

The Shark Market

Drew Anawalt, 2020 Business Marketing CBE; Jake Guy, 2020 Sports Management CBE; Cullen Joyce, 2021 Sports Management CHP; Tommy Parker, 2021 Mass Communications COFAC and Ben Hollingsworth, 2021 Information Sciences FCSM

The Shark Market is a sports betting platform. Creating a new and unique sports betting game, Shark Market allow users to feel the competitiveness of sports betting and compete against friends while also saving their money in the process.

SmartBridge Health

SmartBridge Health

Hua Wang

SmartBridge Health connects patients, caregivers and survivors with top cancer doctors remotely for phone consultations, expert second opinions and clinical trial navigation.  We offer a seamless experience that saves time and money and also leads to better health outcomes and happier lives.    

Frequently Asked Questions


Each venture receives a $10k stipend. The stipend has no equity requirement and is intended to serve as a seed fund for the venture.


During the eight weeks, cohort members have access to office space and resources to work in an open and collaborative environment.


Programming occurs on a weekly basis and contains founder-centric items such as: leadership, company culture, how to pitch, equity, sales, fund raising and other items.

 Alumni & Fellowship

The fellowship kicks off with a talk from BarTrack and their founders Brett and Hunter. BarTrack is an alumnus of this accelerator model and has raised over $5 million in venture capital.

 Forward Looking

Two weeks into the cohort, we'll take a day trip to visit HUNGRY and their founders Shy and Jeff. HUNGRY just raised $20 million dollars in venture capital and did so from such luminaries as Jay Z, Usher and Kevin Hart.  


At the start of the program each venture identifies where they will be in terms of traction 15 weeks out. We then meet weekly to see where we are, and fellows assist the ventures if they can.


Each of the fellows have 24x7 access to Patrick McQuown and other mentors within StarTUp. The mentorship does not end after the fellowship.