StarTUp Accelerator | Towson University

The Towson University StarTUp Accelerator is an intensive eight-week, cohort-based fellowship where ventures take residency
and collaborate to accelerate their ventures.


It’s with great excitement that I announce the second cohort of the StarTUp Accelerator.
We had a very competitive application field, but landed on nine diverse ventures,
ranging from a 501c3 social venture to for-profit tech platforms. Three ventures are
women-owned, five are minority-owned, and TU students and alumni lead four of the
ventures.

Patrick McQuown, executive director of entrepreneurship 
  • 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.
  • Founders who have begun to introduce their services or products into the market should
    apply.
  • Selected founders will take up residency at the StarTUp at the Armory—TU’s new state-of-the-art,
    entrepreneurship space in downtown Towson.

2021 Cohort

Minutes 4 Moms

Delaney Fox

Minutes 4 Moms brings families the sweetest local care providers in a snap. We help
young people grow professionally through our unique work experiences and team “perks,”
while fueling our clients, career-loving parents, with the resources they need to
excel in all that they do.


Everdura

Everdura

Emily Miller and Liz Nunez

Everdura is a multicultural grocery delivery service that specializes in Latin American
fresh produce. We are dedicated to closing the grocery gap for Latin American communities
in the US and bringing the foods they actually want to cook and eat into the digital
age.


Plugged Technologies Inc.

Plugged Technologies Inc.

Victor Ehienulo and Madiagne Sarr

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Plugged is a SaaS diversity recruiting venture that democratizes the way opportunities
are shared to diverse candidates through our web app, mobile, messaging and interview
platform. Plugged University partners with HBCUs to connect their school departments
and the career center with large companies to offer internships, full time opportunities
and streamline information session scheduling to their students. In essence, we help
HBCUs increase student engagement with recruiters by 80% and convert companies to
donors, therefore creating a new line of revenue for HBCUs.


Good Choice Productions

Good Choice Productions

Terrel K. Hunt, Wayne Morgan and Jeremiah Kobena

Good Choice Productions is a 501c3 nonprofit founded by three Syracuse University
football players who all grew up in the boroughs of New York City. As former D1 athletes
we know first-hand the pain athletes face as their sports career comes to an end and
they are left to fend for themselves. Our mission is to ensure these athletes receive
the much-needed mental health, financial literacy, life planning and career guidance
so that they may flourish after the end of their sports career.


Pretzl

Pretzl

Veena Radhakrishnan and Patrick Dempsey

Learner-centered, data-driven. Pretzl is an online discussion platform that creates
student-driven discussions with easily accessible insights into trending ideas and
emerging themes generated by students, turning ideas into knowledge.


RENNDVOUS

RENNDVOUS

Brendon Mellinger (CBE ’21), Michael Wyman (CBE ’21), Jack Bauerle and Josh Bloom

Renndvous is an online vehicle sales marketplace and social site for modified and
collector vehicles. We create a place for owners of such vehicles to showcase and
sell them more effectively. We strive to create a marketplace where these niche vehicles
can be both sold for more by sellers and more easily found by buyers. Our ultimate
goal is to act as a one-stop-shop from buying to selling a collector or modified vehicle.

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CAMSKNS

CAMSKNS

Colin Dougherty (CBE ’17)

CAMSKNS is a direct-to-consumer company focused on the protection and customization
of end-users’ cameras, drones, lenses, and GoPros. Our goal is to allow individuals
the ability to express themselves through their own gear while using unique patterns
that best suit their personality.


Flave

Flave

Jal Irani (FCSM ’15) and Derek Battle

Flave, returning as a mentor company, is a mobile app that incentivizes foodies to
eat local instead of at chain restaurants. This happens through gamification and getting
personalized friend recommendations.


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