The Energetics Technology Center’s (ETC) TechFire incubation program announces today that their client, Motobriiz, LLC., successfully pitched their business at TEDCO’s 2015 Entrepreneur Expo at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum, Maryland. Expo attendance is estimated to be 700 entrepreneurs, ecosystem builders, supporters, and investors.
Mike Steele, Founder of Motobriiz, LLC pitching at TEDCO’s 2015 Entrepreneur Expo as one of Startup Maryland’s Great Eight finalists. Photo courtesy of the Eric Franklin Entrepreneurial Accelerator.
Motobriiz founder, Mike Steele, participated in Startup Maryland’s Pitch Across Maryland program when TechFire brought the pitch bus to Charles County Maryland for a stop at All American Harley Davidson in Hughesville as part of the Southern Maryland Technology and Innovation initiative. Steele, along with four other entrepreneurs, created video pitches on the bus which were then voted on by friends and family and viewed by investors and expert entrepreneurs. Eight more entrepreneurs pitched on the bus at the next stop in St. Mary’s County. Steele was selected as one of the eight entrepreneurs out of 150 pitches across the state to present at the Expo.
“Mike is truly the product of strong eco-system support provided in Southern Maryland. He took advantage of our local SMIT MeetUps, worked with TEDCO, and works now one-on-one with his TechFire Entrepreneur in Residence. His presentation was clear, crisp, and flowed logically. His market research was well-thought-out and addressed the judges concerns. Mike has a solid plan and he’s clearly working that plan. We are thrilled to be working with him as a TechFire incubation client,” said Kim Mozingo with ETC’s TechFire program.
Motobriiz Founder Steele describes the experience of pitching his motor cycle chain oiler technology on the Startup Maryland Pitch Bus in September 2015.
Robin Finnacom, Deputy Director of the St. Mary’s County Economic Development Department and SMIT co-founder, “SMIT is working hard in our county and across Southern Maryland to support the creative entrepreneurs who will drive economic diversification throughout the region. We have a great team of eco-system builders working together to provide the right guidance and support. I’m happy to announce that next year’s Pitch Across Maryland tour will include all three Southern Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s.”
Motobriiz is growing their manufacturing capability as they continue to support their international customer-base. Steele said, “I’m fortunate to have the right team of experts supporting and advising me. With one-on-one mentoring with my TechFire EiR, I’m focusing now on targeted market research with great results. I’m looking forward to pitching next year with even greater results.”
Startup Maryland Pitch Across Maryland stop at All American Harley Davidson in Hughesville, MD (Harry Brown, Co-founder of Flier; Gail Schnell, President Schnell-Tech Solutions LLC; Mike Steele, Founder Motobriiz, LLC; Kim Mozingo, Energetics Technology Center’s TechFire Incubation Program; Mike Binko, Founder | CEO of Startup Maryland; Temi Akinwumi, Co-founder, Top Tech Group; and Angela Singleton, TEDCO’s RBI2)
TechFire, the Energetics Technology Center’s innovation and incubation engine, works with technology-focused startups and entrepreneurs to catalyze business success. With the TechFire five-phased incubation process, entrepreneurs and small businesses work with staff, advisors, and a dedicated Entrepreneur in Residence – an expert serial entrepreneur – who guides them through a tailored process of building a robust, sustainable business.
For more information about how TechFire’s technology incubation program can ignite your business’s success, visit the TechFire website to apply, or call at 301-645-6637, extension 711.