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Early Charm’s Ken Malone & Kelli Booth To Receive Baltimore Business Journal’s 2019 Tech10 Award

Early Charm Ventures, a startup studio that collaborates with academic researchers to convert science to business, today announced its co-founders, Ken Malone and Kelli Booth, have been selected to receive the Baltimore Business Journal’s (BBJ) 2019 Tech10 award.


The BBJ’s annual Tech10 awards recognize 10 professionals (or co-founders) in the technology field who are “making noteworthy contributions to Greater Baltimore’s tech community.”

In making its selections for 2019, the BBJ editorial staff chose the honorees among many individuals nominated over the last few months. Nominees include any individual or co-founders in Greater Baltimore’s technology community. The criteria to be selected for an award includes demonstrated accomplishments in the tech industry; how they “push the limits” of technology in their company; and how honorees make a positive impact on their company, the technology industry and the overall business community in Greater Baltimore. This year’s Tech10 award winners will be honored at an event on June 27.

“Kelli and I are truly grateful to be selected to be among this year’s BBJ Tech10 awardees,” said said Ken Malone, co-founder with Early Charm. “It’s also a great honor to be included among this distinguished group of tech entrepreneurs and leaders who do so much for Baltimore City and our region’s growing tech economy.”

“We’re delighted to be among this year’s BBJ Tech10,” said Kelli Booth, co-founder with Early Charm. “We’re also sincerely appreciative of all those who have worked with us through the years, including our academic and entrepreneurial partners and our Early Charm team.”

Since co-founding Early Charm in 2012, Malone and Booth have been in the vanguard of building a new kind of company known as a Startup Studio. Under this rubric, they aren’t operating a venture capital or equity investment firm. Instead, they specialize in taking emerging scientific discoveries made in Baltimore and Maryland-based universities and research institutions and turning them into companies focused on long-term growth.

As part of this Startup Studio framework, Malone and Booth team with entrepreneurial-minded faculty and scientists who are rooted in a range of disciplines, including materials science, imaging, computational chemistry, aquaculture and advanced research tools. Early Charm’s current set of companies include DiPole Materials, SilcsBio, SciGenesis, Minnowtech, VakSea and Rasio Therapeutics.

About Early Charm Ventures: Early Charm Ventures is a startup studio, founded in 2012 in Baltimore, that collaborates with academic researchers to convert science to business. Early Charm specializes in taking brilliant scientific discoveries made at universities and turning them into companies focused on growth. Its best successes come from teaming hands-on with entrepreneurial-minded faculty who are rooted in a range of industries including materials science, imaging, aquaculture and advanced research tools. In our work, we are the management team, the operators and the entrepreneurs. We show up to the labs and offices every day to do the heavy lifting. Ultimately, we bring to the table our deep experience co-founding companies with leading researchers. With these exceptional people and their ideas, we partner with them to advance or even create whole new industries. Learn more: www.earlycharm.com

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