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Grants, business services await InvestMaryland Challenge winners

InvestMaryland Challenge

From over 250 applicants, judges have chosen the final winners of the first-ever InvestMaryland Challenge of the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development.

Representing some of the most innovative early-stage companies from Maryland and beyond are the three $100,000 grand prize winners in each competition category.

InvestMaryland Challenge sponsors have also provided thousands of dollars in grants and business services to several participating companies.

Find descriptions of each special award below:

Sponsor Special Award Winner
Noble Life Sciences $25,000 worth of R&D services in healthcare or biomedical products development SynAm Vaccine
Microsoft $50,000-plus in prizes through Microsoft BizSpark and BizSpark Plus, a program that provides software, support and visibility for software startups Staq
Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center $5,000 to encourage entrepreneurial growth in rural Maryland i-Lighting
New Markets Venture Partners $5,000 grant and a meeting with the New Markets team and introduction to other potential investors Common Curriculum, runner up (meeting only) Personalized Learning Institute
Root3 Labs and Sensing Machines 25 free labor-hours of electromechanical device development support for medical devices, industrial, or consumer electronics products Vasoptic Medical
BioHealth Innovation SBIR grant proposal and consulting assistance BOSS MedicalConvergeneVasoptic Medical
BioMaryland $5,000 visibility at BIO International 2014, MEDICA, or another investment meeting of their choice Remedium Technologies
University of Maryland $5,000 to a University of Maryland affiliated applicant VisiSonics
Johns Hopkins University Center for BioEngineering Innovation & Design Mentorship program offered to a bio startup to help grow their business Vasoptic Medical
Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Three hours of free legal services and 10 additional hours at a 50 percent discount i-LightingRedOwl AnalyticsGraybug
Roye Productions One company logo and discounted web design services. AnCatt
TBC One original company logo SocialToaster
Chesapeake Innovation Center Opportunity to present to strategic Corporate Partners, representing the national security, health IT, investment and entrepreneurial communities in Anne Arundel County and the surrounding region Light Point Security
TowsonGlobal Three six-month associate memberships for Towson Global Common CurriculumSickweatherCosmocyte
bwtech@UMBC Research & Technology Park Six months of free affiliate service at the most appropriate incubator Advanced Concepts Research GroupCortix Systems
Bethesda Green Incubator Virtual or part-time (10 hours per week) relationship with the incubator for a year Sustainable Systems International
Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship One company will receive one year of free incubator space  at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship and two companies will receive one year of affiliated services from the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship or a credit of equal value towards dedicated space ClickMedixVisual TelehealthAirPatrol
Emerging Technology Centers Two companies will be invited to receive six months of Incubator Space and ETC services for free MercarisTiatros
Spirit Airline Six airline tickets (two per winner) to anywhere Spirit flies i-LightingRedOwl AnalyticsGraybug
Chesapeake Regional Tech Council 60 minutes of business strategy discussion and feedback to help game-change their business RedOwl AnalyticsAirPatrolLight Point SecurityCarFare Compare
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