Alan Tsao, B.S. '11, founder and owner of Tsao Baltimore, a maker of luxury watches, all designed by Tsao and assembled locally, successfully launched a Kickstarter campaign to generate sales for his second product line. With well over $100,000 in pre-order sales, Tsao will introduce the line, known as the Torsk-Diver, in a limited run of less than 900 copies later this year.
Applications are open for the AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup, a pitch competition for early-stage physical product companies. UB's Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation will host a competition on Feb. 6. AlphaLab is touring seven cities around the U.S. to find the most promising physical product startups in the nation. Winners in each city will receive $3K cash and other prizes, as well as a chance to win a $50,000 investment from Startbot VC at the International Finals in May.
These are exciting times to be a real estate developer in Baltimore. With a number of new initiatives designed to grow the city's economy, and new zoning regulations to better support real estate development, the University of Baltimore has launched the UB Real Estate Fellows and Venture Competition, an innovative way to support emerging developers who have the education and desire to work in Baltimore, but lack experience in the management and financing requirements of real estate development.
The University of Baltimore's 2019 "Rise to the Challenge" Business Competition - in which UB undergraduates and graduates, from all schools, present their ideas and concepts for new and existing businesses before a live audience of their peers, UB staff and entrepreneurial experts - will begin accepting submissions to compete beginning Jan. 31.
Writing in The Baltimore Sun, Steve Isberg, associate professor in the University of Baltimore's Merrick School of Business, says that the recent ups and downs in the nation's economy - big job losses one day, and new hiring the next - are a reflection of the real economy. There, automation and productivity are driving everything, and workers are struggling to keep up.