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New health and fitness accelerator names first five members (Johns Hopkins)

Baltimore Business Journal

September 6, 2017


Five startups have been selected to participate in the inaugural M-1 Ventures health and fitness-focused accelerator program based at Johns Hopkins University.

The new M-1 Ventures accelerator is a 16-week accelerator program aimed at quickly growing startups focused on health and fitness technology. The program’s first-ever cohort includes four local health-related startups and one company, called RoundTrip, based in Philadelphia.

Each cohort member will receive $25,000 in funding — with an opportunity to earn more — mentorship, co-working space, connections to health and fitness experts at Hopkins and the University of Maryland, as well as access to free legal and business resources. The program will be housed in Hopkins’s FastForward East incubator space and will be led by veteran entrepreneurs and investors Paul Singh, co-founder of investment firm 500 Startups, and Tony D'Agostino, a former Bank of America executive.

The accelerator is backed by Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures, Plank Industries — the investment arm of Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, the University of Maryland, Brown Advisory and the Abell Foundation.

M-1 Ventures kicked off Tuesday. Here are the startups in the first cohort: