Startup Maryland Unveils Participants for the “Pitch Across Maryland” Tour and Celebration of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Startup Maryland™ today unveils the 138 video pitches from the participants in the 2015 Pitch Across Maryland competition. After posting the video pitches from Maryland entrepreneurs that were captured during the three-week Pitch Across Maryland bus tour, Startup Maryland is proud to announce that the two Video Pitch Competitions are now underway. You can find the various Playlists for each tour stop location where companies pitched on the Startup Maryland YouTube Channel.
“Once again, the startup ecosystem in Maryland shines bright…Now that the dust has settled from our whirlwind tour around the state, the diversity of industries/innovations and the passion embodied in our entrepreneurs show the spirit of free enterprise is beaming brightly in the Old Line State. We now begin the two separate competitions that define the next stage of the Pitch Across Maryland. The first competition is something fun we refer to as the Fan Favorite and the second competition will reveal our Great 8 Finalists” stated Mike Binko, Founder | President of Startup Maryland.
To be crowned Fan Favorites, participant companies and their supporters need to get the word out about their video and let family, friends and fans know that their video is now available for viewing. The viewing/voting will continue until 12:00pm (noon) ET on Friday, November 6, 2015. At that time the three Pitch Across Maryland companies with the most tallied views will be declared Fan Favorites for the 2015 tour.
During the same period through noon on November 6, TEDCO has agreed to have Maryland Entrepreneurs Resource List (MERL) team representatives review every 2015 pitch with an eye toward programs and resources that might be appropriate. Additionally, an expert panel of investors (angel/VC) and successful entrepreneurs will select eight (8) companies as the Great 8 Finalists for 2015. The Great 8 Finalists receive invitations to the annual TEDCO Entrepreneur Expo held November 17.
“At the Entrepreneur Expo, the Great 8 Finalists will be given the opportunity to present a more comprehensive ‘pitch’ of their venture and opportunity,” stated Shahab Kaviani, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Startup Maryland.
“This type of sustained deal-flow discovery and development is unique to Maryland and a strong element to aligning resources with the right opportunity at the right time.”
Building on the 2-4 minute Pitch Across Maryland video, the Entrepreneur Expo Finalist pitches will be longer and afford the Finalists a chance to share more detail about their venture/opportunity with ecosystem builders including investors, incubators/accelerators and economic development officers.
“Finalists will present their business plans to the full community of conference attendees and another panel of investor/entrepreneur experts who will then select and announce the Pitch Across Maryland Winner and a Runner-up live at the Expo,” added Binko.
TEDCO will select up to two (2) of the Finalists to be catapulted directly to a Technology Commercialization Fund or Cybersecurity Innovation Fund $100,000 investment pitch. The selected Companies will have to submit a TEDCO-compliant application for evaluation. In addition, members of the media are being directed to all Video Playlists to learn more about the innovations and entrepreneurs building great companies in Maryland and across the broader Mid-Atlantic region.
Special thanks to our full tour sponsors whose partnership made this tour successful.
About Startup Maryland:
Startup Maryland (www.startupmd.org) is a venture and community development initiative launched out of the Startup America Partnership. Driven from within the community and Forged with Maryland Pride By Entrepreneurs … For Entrepreneurs, Startup Maryland strives to remain nimble and inclusive. Startup Maryland works to connect innovation communities and rallies entrepreneurs, supporters and other innovation stakeholders around four main initiatives: Connection, Celebration, Coaching, and Capital while also bringing together entrepreneurs in a community of support to drive greater economic outcomes.