In its second year at UMBC, the Cangialosi Business Innovation Competition (CBIC) finals took place this week on Thursday May 23rd. If you are not familiar with the CBIC, its an entrepreneurship competition that I support at my alma mater. As many of you know I have a passion for giving back, and building support systems for entrepreneurs who want to go out and achieve their dreams.

The CBIC is a continuum of all of the great programming that comes out of the Alex Brown Center for Entrepreneurship at UMBC, including its minor program. The university has an idea competition in the fall, followed by a hackathon. In the spring my program, the CBIC, is designed for the students who want to bring it home, and go for their dreams of starting and running a company. Whether its while they are in school or their immediate plans right after they graduate.

In its second year, I am happy to announce the 3 winners of this years competition. All of the 7 finalists for the program were mentored by seasoned experts in their fields, many who are entrepreneurs. The goal of the program is to connect students while they are in school with our local ecosystem, so that the support system is in place as they are developing their startups while in school.

The 3 winners of this years competition receive complimentary community memberships to Betamore, where they can take advantage of all of the vast resources that we provide. Including workspace, mentorship, educational programming, and many other support services that we provide for our membership.

My main goal in developing this program is to ensure that all of the bright minds with an entrepreneurial focus coming out of UMBC, stay here in Baltimore when they graduate due to the simple fact that there are so many ways to connect to a vibrant growing innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem here in Baltimore.

With all that said, I am proud to announce the winners of the 2015 CBIC:

First Place:


A SaaS platform that allows home owner associations and community associations manage their web presence streamline communication with its residents.

Second Place:

Baltimore Emergency Medical Technologies

Developers of an electronic ID tag that can be used to streamline patient triaging in the case of a catostrophic event. Currently these tags are hand written and placed on patients during an event. This innovation will allow medical providers to get to the folks who need the proper attention faster, thereby saving more lives.

Third Place:


A mobile app that allows students and working professionals to independently assess their abilities and interests before moving on to explore potential career paths. The app will be specifically marketed towards the millennial generation when they begin their job search after graduation.

I’d like to give a big thanks to Vivian Armor who organizes the event each year, and to all of the mentors and the judges that came out to support the students! Congrats again to all of the winners and the finalists of this years event. I look forward to next year!


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