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Entrepreneurs Invited to Get on the Bus and Celebrate Their Innovations and Businesses During the Pitch Across Maryland Tour

 Startup Maryland Teams with Regional Innovation Stakeholder to Co-Host Tour Stops Across the State of Maryland

Startup Maryland is launching Pitch Across Maryland, a state-wide startup tour and business pitch competition. Taking place September 11 - 28, this two and a half week tour across the state will travel from the Eastern Shore to Western Maryland; from Cecil County to St. Mary’s County; from the Baltimore Beltway and the DC Beltway -- and everywhere in between.

The bus will travel the state to visit incubators, economic development agencies and universities—all in the name of celebrating entrepreneurship.  At each stop, Startup Maryland will hold rallies sharing information about the incredible entrepreneurial resources across the state and within their region. Additionally, entrepreneurs will get coaching and support from business mentors and other leaders of Maryland’s innovation economy.

Startup entrepreneurs will be videotaped giving their business pitches at each tour location. Then, videos will be uploaded and open to public voting.

“Entrepreneurs are invited to show off their business during the Pitch Across Maryland video pitch competition,” stated Julie Lenzer Kirk, Startup Maryland co-chair.  “We expect to find the diamonds-in-the-rough across Maryland and shine a spotlight on their innovations and achievements.  It’s all about celebration and awareness,” added Michael Binko, Startup Maryland co-chair. 

To participate in the pitch competition, entrepreneurs must be registered.  Those interested in registering are asked to contact Mike Thielke at 410-770-9330 or mike@ventureahead.org.

Eastern Shore stops on the tour include Ocean City on September 11, Princess Anne, Salisbury, and Cambridge on September 12, as well as Easton, Chestertown, and Wye Mills on September 13.  For more information as well as a complete schedule of tour stops, please visit http://md.s.co/blog/pitch-across-maryland

 

The Tour will be at:

Sept. 11: Ocean City - Boardwalk at Division St  4:30 - 5:30

Sept 12: Princess Anne - UMES - Kiah Hall Parking Lot  9:00 - 10:30

Sept 12:  Salisbury - Caruthers Parking Lot next to Perdue School of Business 12:00 - 1:30

Sept. 12:  Cambridge - City Hall, 410 Academy Street  3:00 - 4:30

Sept. 13:  Easton - Talbot Chamber of Commerce, 101 Marlboro Ave  9:00 - 10:30

Sept. 13: Chestertown - downtown (Fountain Park), corner of High and Cross Streets 12:00 - 1:30

Sept 13: Wye Mills - Chesapeake College (Lot  D in front of wind turbine), Intersection of Routes US 50 and MD 213  3:00 - 4:30

The two-week tour will end in a day-long celebration of entrepreneurship and Maryland’s Innovation Economy. On September 28, startups from across the state will meet at Merriweather Post Pavilion for a variety of fun entrepreneurial activities including an opportunity to enter the Pitch Across Maryland Contest, inspirational speakers and more.

 

About Startup Maryland

Startup Maryland is a regional initiative launched out of the Startup America Partnership. Driven from within the community and led by entrepreneurs Startup Maryland strives to remain nimble and inclusive.  Building on the themes forged by the national partnership, Startup Maryland works to connect innovation communities and recognize the importance of startups, ramp-ups and speedups to the state and regional economies.  Startup Maryland rallies entrepreneurs, supporters and other innovation stakeholders around four main initiatives:

  • Access to Capital
  • Celebration/Awareness
  • Resource Mapping
  • Revenue Opportunities/Corporate Connections

A short article with video highlighting the launch of Startup Maryland can be found here: http://craigforbesdesign.com/mdbiznews/?p=4059

For more detailed information check out www.startupmaryland.org or contact Startup Maryland Board Co-Chairs Julie Lenzer Kirk @ jkirk@startupmaryland.org or Michael Binko at mbinko@startupmaryland.org

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