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6 Startups Taking Advantage of Maryland's Innovation Ecosystem

These innovative companies are thriving in Maryland's vibrant ecosystem, from AI mental health tools to sustainable building materials.

Startup success isn't just about who you know—it's also where you go. Maryland was ranked first in the nation for emerging venture capital investment by Site Selection Magazine and is nationally 4th in the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) awards. 

A team from the Maryland Department of Commerce, along with a delegation of six Maryland startup companies, will represent Maryland at the Startup Grind Global Conference on April 23-24th, 2024.  From using AI to improve mental health – to creating sustainable building materials – Maryland companies are making waves in various sectors. Continue reading to get to know the Maryland companies participating in Global 2024, and visit our team at the Maryland booth to see what our state offers startups.


Azadi Health, Baltimore, Maryland

Azadi Health is a conversational A.I.-based tool that is revolutionizing the way mental health concerns are addressed among BIPOC teens. Using Natural Language Processing (NLP), Azadi provides an inclusive and compassionate platform for users to discuss their mental well-being openly. 


CyDeploy, Baltimore, Maryland

CyDeploy empowers businesses and government agencies with cutting-edge technology solutions that enable secure system modifications with confidence, ensuring uninterrupted operations. As a trusted provider in the B2B and B2G spaces, the company helps organizations implement security changes seamlessly and with peace of mind. 


Escalate, Silver Spring, Maryland

Escalate provides a customizable skilling and support platform that stops frontline turnover, allowing employees to advance within enterprise companies. Escalate offers employees access to live and automated support 24/7 and extends additional support through Esclate’s own coaches.


InventWood, Frederick, Maryland

InventWood is committed to reshaping the world by developing advanced wood materials that are high performance, cost-effective, and environmentally sustainable. The company's cellulose-based nanotechnologies are transforming today’s most used products and creating superior, more natural goods while building a more sustainable future for generations to come.


Pervista, Oxon Hill, Maryland

Pervista specializes in leveraging the power of artificial intelligence to analyze video streams and deliver real-time alerts against potential threats. The company’s advanced technology enables the processing of video data with exceptional speed and accuracy, transforming video surveillance into an intelligent and proactive security solution.


Veza Innovations, Maryland

Veza Innovations is an eco-friendly, disruptive health and wellness company heavily focused on parent and child wellness, as well as early childhood development. Veza has created the first sit-to-stand convertible high chair, developed in conjunction with pediatric specialists, providing options and versatility for parents.

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Get your ticket to Global Conference 2024 to meet these companies—along with 5000 other startups, investors and organizations, on April 23-24th in Silicon Valley. 

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