Accelerators

Techstars Equitech Accelerator

This accelerator is for startups from any sector that are grounded in the values of diversity, led by founders from underestimated communities, or developing technologies that increase access and equity across society. In 2021 this program hopes to run in-person, dependent on COVID-19 conditions.

Baltimore, Maryland

In Person Program
This program hopes to run in-person, dependent on COVID-19 conditions.

May 10th, 2021

Applications Open

Jul 28th, 2021

Final Deadline

Nov 8th, 2021

Accelerator Starts

Feb 17th, 2022

Demo Day

The Team

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"Underestimated founders are currently venture’s biggest investment opportunity, this combined with the Techstars network and #GiveFirst mentality - is a force multiplier."
Monica Wheat
Managing Director
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"My personal vision has always been to see more capital, resources and mentorship accessible to founders who look like me and come from where I’m from."
Ramzy Ismail
Venture Principal

Partners

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Mentors

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"Mentors have been critical to my journey and Fearless' success, and I’m excited to pass along the gift of mentorship and support to the next wave of entrepreneurs in our city."
Delali Dzirasa
Founder and CEO, Fearless
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"Mentors have been critical to my journey and Fearless' success, and I’m excited to pass along the gift of mentorship and support to the next wave of entrepreneurs in our city."
Delali Dzirasa
Founder and CEO, Fearless
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"I can't wait to welcome Techstars entrepreneurs to Baltimore, building out our thriving local ecosystem as we drive forward innovative companies and ideas."
Wes Moore
Best-selling author, combat veteran, social entrepreneur, and CEO of Robin Hood Foundation
Main
"Excited to build upon our entrepreneurial ecosystem, bring in new entrepreneurs and investors, and share the good stories about Baltimore on a national scale!"
Claire Broido Johnson
Managing Director, Maryland Momentum Fund
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"As large supporters of the global innovation economy we are pleased to support this initiative in our hometown, with added focus on diversity and inclusion."
Deric Emry
Venture Partner, Greenspring Associates
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"Baltimore is one of the most important startup cities on the East Coast. I'm looking forward to helping Techstars build a world-class program right here in Charm City."
Jeff Cherry
Founder & CEO, Conscious Venture Lab and Founder & Managing Partner, Conscious Venture
Main
"I love good ideas, ambitious people, and this city! Baltimore has great momentum in its startup ecosystem and an even brighter future."
Christy Wyskiel
Executive Director, Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures
Main
"Six years after attending Techstars Patriot Boot Camp, I'm still heavily leveraging their network and resources -- it's an amazing community!"
Nick Culbertson
Co-founder and CEO, Protenus
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"There are countless ways to support founders who are building an enduring franchise and shooting for the stars. We aim to help them get there."
Justin Label
Managing Director, Inner Loop Capital
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"I'm so excited for Techstars coming to Baltimore and more excited for all the amazing companies we will support."
MacKeever "Mac" Conwell II
Founder and managing partner, RareBreed Ventures
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"Entrepreneurship at its best is a meritocracy and the greatest force for social mobility. Having been raised in a mixed-race family, Equitech has tremendous meaning to me. I can't wait to see where Baltimore goes."
Patrick McQuown
Executive Director Entrepreneurship, Towson University
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"The people of Baltimore have tremendous talent, energy, and grit. I’m pleased to help build Baltimore’s knowledge economy as it becomes a top-tier innovation city."
Dan Rizzo
Innovation Fellow, Inovalon, Inc.
Main
"I am thrilled to work closely with entrepreneurs every day to help fulfill their visions and I think Maryland is a unique place to do it. We are fostering something special here and it is a privilege to be a part of it."
Frank Glover
Senior Director, Venture Funds at TEDCO
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"Innovators are everywhere. Let’s open the doors for more to be seen, supported and successful right here in Baltimore."
Bill Karpovich
Founder, CoFactor Ventures