Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) August 04, 2014
The ETC (Emerging Technology Centers)–Baltimore City’s award-winning technology innovation center–will host its inaugural Techy Thursday Happy Hour on Thursday, August 14th at its Highlandtown Technology and Innovation Center. The series will be supported by M&T Bank (https://www.mtb.com/). “As part of our outreach strategy we want to connect entrepreneurs, startups, investors, angels, business mentors, universities and the Baltimore tech community at-large,” said Jackie Albright, ETC’s Community and Program Manager.
The ETC boasts an impressive record of helping transform technology-enabled concepts and products into thriving companies throughout its 15-year history. Graduates include R2Integrated, Millennial Media, Groove Commerce, and most recently, Curiosityville which was recently acquired by global education juggernaut, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
“Entrepreneurs need coffee on the way in. . .and beer on the way out,” said Deb Tillett, president of ETC during the Regional Affinity Incubation Network (RAIN) Conference last week. Tillett was a panelist on Best Practices in Developing & Sustaining an Entrepreneurial Hub. “In all seriousness, entrepreneurs work very hard and this is a way to get to know them as well as those in our community in a more relaxed setting. Our hope is to make Entrepreneurship, Technology and Connections happen during our Techy Thursday happy hours,” she concluded.
Techy Thursdays will take place on the third Thursday every month. “We will be partnering with other entities that make Baltimore great,” added Jorge E. Castillo, ETC’s C.M.O. in Residence. “From great restaurants and chefs, to breweries, to farmers markets, to universities, the idea is to bring the Baltimore community together and find commonalities that tie us together, primarily, the notion that technology and innovation are necessary to make communities great and to keep our city growing and its citizens making a difference in our great state,” he said.
For more information and to register to attend please visit http://bit.ly/AugTechyThurs.
About the ETC (http://www.etcbaltimore.com)
The ETC, a venture of the Baltimore Development Corporation, is a non-profit business innovation center focused on growing early-stage technology companies. The ETC promotes economic development, providing business, technical, and networking connections to help these companies grow and prosper – adding to both the job and tax base of Baltimore City.
To date, ETC client companies have received over $1.6 billion in funding and created more than 2,325 creative-class jobs. Since 1999 ETC has provided assistance to 350 companies 87% are still in business. It is estimated that ETC companies have created in excess of $375.8 million in economic activity for the City of Baltimore. Throughout the past two years, every dollar the ETC takes in produces $96 in economic output.