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.
About the TU StarTUp Accelerator
The time, space, and programing serve as an accelerator for ventures that are just
getting into the market and to create a collaborative environment where founders are
most productive—building and selling.
Residency: Selected ventures will take up residency June 1–July 24, 2020 in Towson, MD. Dates are subject to change.
StarTUp Accelerator Showcase: Founders will pitch October 8, 2020.
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 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.
Advanced Athletic Analytics
Tyler Kapp, 2022 Applied Mathematics FCSM and Dr. Elizabeth Goode department of Math
Advanced Athletic Analytics is a sports analytics company that provides players, coaches and teams with optimal
strategic decision-making, player performance, and roster management metrics to foster
winning organizations. Their metrics are available not only for pre-planning before
sporting events, but are accessible in real-time competition as well.
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 Marketing CBE; Jake Guy, 2020 Sports Management CBE; Cullen Joyce,
2021 Sports Management CBE; 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 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.
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.