CoFoundersLab Wins 2012 Startup Maryland "Pitch Across Maryland" Competition

Eight Finalists Vied for Top Spot at Maryland Entrepreneur Expo

Everywhere, Md. (November 14, 2012) – Startup Maryland is proud to announce that CoFoundersLab (Rockville, Md.) has claimed the top spot in its inaugural 2012 Pitch Across Maryland competition. The company was named the winner in the video pitch competition at the Maryland Entrepreneur Expo on November 13, by a panel of distinguished judges.  The judges also named Woofound (Baltimore, Md.) as the runner-up.

CoFoundersLab’s winning video can be viewed here.

Woofound’s video can be viewed here.

As the winner and runner-up, CoFoundersLab and Woofound will receive free entry and bypass the first round of judging in the InvestMaryland Challenge, a national seed and early-stage business competition hosted by the State of Maryland. All Pitch Across Maryland participants are encouraged to apply.

The Challenge will award a $100,000 top prize in three categories: life sciences; IT (hardware and software); and general business. In addition, all InvestMaryland applicants will have the opportunity to pitch their business to top venture capital firms and angel investors, and will be given access to resources like incubator space and legal and other services. Applications are being accepted now through December 13.  For more information or to apply, visit

The Pitch Across Maryland competition captured 168 video pitches from entrepreneurs across the state during Startup Maryland’s Pitch Across Maryland bus tour, which ran from September 11 – 28, 2012.  Eight finalists were selected by a panel of entrepreneur and investor experts.

The six other finalists companies were (in alphabetical order):

Separately, Startup Maryland also announced the winners of the Fan Favorite competition:

Startup Maryland added the Fan Favorite award to the pitch competition to keep the awareness and celebration aspects of the tour at a high level. Videos for all 168 entrants can be viewed here.

“These videos are a testament to the strength, dedication and diversity of Maryland’s entrepreneurial community,” says Startup Maryland Co-Chair Mike Binko. “When we launched the Pitch Across Maryland tour we thought we might have 40-50 entrepreneurs join us on the Tour Bus and pitch, so 168 is phenomenal. Including all the rallies and events we held more than 200 startups actually participated in the tour.”

“The Pitch Across Maryland tour, which ran from September 11 – 28, 2012, held celebration and promotional rallies at 25 stops throughout the state of Maryland,” added Julie Lenzer Kirk, Startup Maryland Co-Chair. “Culminating in the Last Stop, First Step party and celebration event at Merriweather Post Pavilion on September 28th this Tour has rightly placed the spotlight on the vitality in Maryland’s innovation economy.”


WUSA TV-9 (Washington DC) Covers 2012 Pitch Across Maryland Bus and Tour

WUSA TV-9 ran a nice news segment on the 2012 Startup Maryland — Pitch Across Maryland bus tour.

The segment highlighted the Tour Stops in Montgomery County (morning in Shady Grove and afternoon at the Bethesda Green incubator).


Gov. O'Malley Joins Startup MD Tour …

Gov. Martin J. O’Malley joins Startup Maryland Board Co-Chairs Michael Binko and Julie Lenzer Kirk for a personal conversation aboard the Pitch Across Maryland Tour bus.


In fact, to show his support and solidarity for the entrepreneurs who are “pitching” their businesses during the state-wide tour, Gov. O’Malley graciously agreed to jump on “the host seat” to deliver his own pitch on the topic of InvestMaryland.


Gov. O’Malley then joined the Startup Maryland team and representatives from TEDCO, Baltimore County, Howard County and DBED for the ride to UMBC’s BWTech Research Center and Incubator campus.


Another summary video from The Daily Record (the leading daily business news outlet in MD) highlighted the diversity of innovation and highlights from the first half of the Pitch Across Maryland Tour.

There UMBC’s Ellen Hemmerly was joined by RMI’s Mike Galiazzo, and Miles and Stockbridge’s Bob Brennan as co-hosts for the 12th Tour Stop. Eight entrepreneurs then joined the team on the bus to record video “pitches” of their businesses and innovations.

These pitches will be added to the others collected during the Pitch Across Maryland tour and entered into the online Competition which continues into October and November.


Startup MD “Rocks-Out” @ PRS Guitars

Startup Maryland wraps its Pitch Across Maryland eastern shore swing with a special treat.  Tour Leaders/Sponsors and Entrepreneur VIPs were able to see one of the world’s most progressive music companies — PRS Guitars.

Startup Maryland co-chair Michael Binko (CEO of kloudtrack®) interviews PRS Guitars president Jack Higginbotham.

Higginbotham welcomed the Startup Maryland Tour to the company headquarters in Stevensville, MD as part of the Eastern Shore Swing during week number one of the Tour celebrating unique and disruptive MD innovations, companies and — most importantly — entrepreneurs

Innovation Celebration … StartupMD+BIW


Let’s Go … Up the Irons  Fellow Entrepreneurs!


Priceline Founder Scott Case (left) Wields the Startup MD Pride Talisman with Office of the President’s Doug Rand; TechStars Founder  Brad Feld; Startup MD founder Michael Binko and 1776’s Donna Harris during the Startup Summit in Boulder, CO.


Now it is our turn to host the Party!

2013 08 22 Innovation Celebration (joint logo  no date 1)

Celebrate with our Tour Stop Sponsors/VIPs and the Baltimore Innovation Week/ Baltimore leaders as we reach the midway point on the Pitch Across Maryland tour.  In partnership with Full Tour Sponsors Under Armour/Plank Industries, this high-energy event will place our Rock Star Entrepreneurs along side music, startup showcases and other activities meant to celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship — in all its forms.



When:       Thursday, October 2, 2015
Where:     Port Covington, Baltimore, MD