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July 5, 2005

UMBC Entrepreneurship News Update

Contact: Chip Rose

AVICode, Inc., is Microsoft's 'Secret Weapon'

techcenter@UMBC company AVICode, Inc., was recently described as a 'secret weapon' in Microsoft's competition with IBM in the Dynamic Systems Initiative (DSI) market. The small but fast-growing startup's tight relationship with Microsoft was profiled in a June 27 eWeek article.

According to the eWeek story, AVICode reps have been touring the country with Microsoft as part of the software leader's ".Net Expo Experience," and Interceptor Studio, AVICode's .Net application monitoring software, will ship as part of Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005. Interceptor Studio is software that improves maintenance, troubleshooting, and crash detection of applications running on the .Net Framework.

Blue Wave Semiconductors Wins NSF Grant

Blue Wave Semiconductors, Inc., a techcenter@UMBC Incubator company, has won a $150,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Blue Wave's newest grant follows earlier Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I and II awards. Blue Wave is partnering with Dr. Gary Harris of Howard University to develop ultraviolet light sensors while exposing minority students to high tech entrepreneurship, including techcenter@UMBC resources. More information online at

techcenter@UMBC Welcomes Creative Systems and Design, LLC

techcenter@UMBC is pleased to welcome Creative Systems and Design, LLC to the incubator program. Founded by UMBC mechanical engineering professor M. "Appa" Anjanappa, CSD is dedicated to the research, design and development of prototype electro-mechanical systems. CSD fills the gap between research and realization of commercial products, with expertise in microphones, electronic displays, mechatronics, smart sensors/actuators, and mechanical design. More information online at

Cybergroup, Inc. Launches New Search Engine Software Tools

techcenter@UMBC Web/IT firm Cybergroup announces the launch of dtToolsTM, a set of software developer tools used in creating and deploying search applications. dtTools integrates database and full-text information so website search results embody the depth and breadth of corporate information. The tools also help developers quickly and easily build robust search solutions that are user-friendly and present search results attractively.

dtTools work in conjunction with dtSearch, a product of dtSearch Corp. Wired magazine called it "the most powerful document search tool on the market." More information online at

techcenter@UMBC's Schulz to Serve Second Term as MBIA Treasurer

The Maryland Business Incubation Association (MBIA) has announced that techcenter@UMBC Director Walt Schulz will serve as treasurer of the organization for a second continuous term.

Founded in March 2001, the MBIA works to increase awareness and understanding of business incubation, to share solutions to problems and to establish standards and quality characteristics for Maryland incubators. The MBIA has since grown to include 16 incubators, which promote both the development of numerous technology startups in the state and their vital role in economic development. The MBIA hosted the National Business Incubation Association's 2005 International Conference in Baltimore in May 2005.

Posted by crose at July 5, 2005 10:43 AM