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Accelerate Baltimore picks six startups to receive $25,000, mentoring

Six companies will receive $25,000 each and mentoring as part of a Baltimore accelerator program.

The Emerging Technology Centers business incubator has picked six companies to receive $25,000 each and mentoring and training as part of the Accelerate Baltimore program.

They include:

•Baggio, developing sensor technology that can monitor bags and items inside.

•Brinkbit, maker of a software platform to more quickly connect game developers and players.

•Full Society, creating an app that lets users pay and divide bills.

•Promotious, a Web app to notify customers about promotions.

•ShapeU, a website and app that matches users with fitness trainers.

•Visable, a job recruiting tool that matches students' skills with employers' requirements.

The accelerator program begins Jan. 22, giving the startups access to mentors, advisers and the Emerging Technology Center's executives-in-residence for guidance. It culminates with a "Demo Day" event April 29 at which the companies present to possible investors, the media and tech executives.

The companies were chosen from a pool of 77 applicants by a committee. The applicants came from 16 states and at least five foreign countries.

"We were thrilled to receive many high-quality applications in just over two months in such a competitive market," said Deb Tillett, president of the ETC.

Sixteen companies have participated in the accelerator program over the past three years. The program is funded by the Abell Foundation.

"Cultivating top talent and promoting technology innovation are the hallmarks of AccelerateBaltimore," said Robert C. Embry Jr., the foundation's president. "It is a testament to the program that the competition has helped draw attention to Baltimore City as a great place to grow a startup company."

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