Business Benefits for our Ecosystem Designed by Startup Maryland Champions

An Ecosystem Perspective by Gabe Solano Founder of Business Benefit Solutions:

Hello Startup Maryland Entrepreneurs and Ecosystem Partner Peers,

On behalf of the motivated team at Business Benefits Solutions (BBS), we are reaching out as a proud partner/sponsor of the Startup Maryland community.  

As ecosystem partners and leaders yourselves, you understand that our entrepreneurs and their growing teams,  are tearing down old-guard methodologies in various industry sectors and are fueling growth in Maryland, the broader region and across the globe in both uncertain times and extremely competitive talent markets.

 Over the past year, BBS has become indoctrinated into the  Startup Maryland Ecosystem  Model and have witnessed its nurturing stance and hands-on support for entrepreneur founders and their community of support.  We firmly believe in the 4Cs approach of Celebration, Coaching, Curation and Capital fostered by Startup Maryland. 

As doers, we take great pride in ensuring BBS  and our cadre of leading providers are not simply going through the motions. Rather, we are very intentional in our efforts to bring disruptive and innovative approaches to health /wellness and financial benefits

Leveraging our network of blue-chip partners we are able to bring  Fortune 500 benefit offerings to both established AND growing companies actively participating in the Startup Maryland entrepreneurial ecosystem model. 

We believe the entrepreneurial ecosystem model is without a doubt the most powerful force for both economic and cultural growth in Maryland and will afford our community to “take the wheel” and drive the future of the broader Mid-Atlantic.

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 Startup Maryland’s unique position offers BBS a powerful platform from which to build lasting friendships first and business relationships second.  By getting to know founders and their supporters we more quickly understand the passion and mission driving many of these ventures toward success.  Our unique approach to sponsorship and partnership builds bonds with prospects on a deep and enduring level.

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Over five years Startup Maryland has established itself as the “easy button” for entrepreneur founders and CxO teams. Startup Maryland is now working actively with sponsors and partners to introduce the right-resources at the right-time for high-growth innovation ventures.

We are delighted and humbled to be a part of that team!  

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By building trust and collaboration with entrepreneurs, BBS believes we are uniquely positioned as a peer and partner to the Startup Maryland ecosystem before anything else. This approach has allowed us to generate extreme value both for our entrepreneur founders, as well as for our network of provider affiliates,  in ways unmatched by traditional economic development approaches.

 For Example, building on the Startup Maryland 4Cs ecosystem model,  BBS joined as a full-tour sponsor for the entire STRT1UP Roadshow where we engaged with various ecosystem partners including academia/universities, incubators/accelerators, tech councils, associations, chambers as well as city/county/state economic development agencies.  Since the Pitch Across Maryland Showcase event in December we have also been working with select ecosystem partners in hosting educational seminars designed to boost wellness and benefits knowledge for startup founder-teams as well as their ecosystem supporters.  

For example, in February we partnered with SparkBaltimore/Cordish Companies in support of their Wellness Summit which was held at the Spark co-working space at PowerPlantLive

In moving forward we hope to continue to educate and cut costs from business budgets — particularly during periods of inflection by bringing diverse and flexible benefits to the ecosystem.

With all of the uncertainty surrounding the future of quality healthcare, we hope to function as your first point of contact for all things benefits — whether that be financial or wellness.

No matter if you have simple questions or have immediate complex benefit needs, feel free to connect with us directly.  In the meantime, we are working with Startup Maryland and other ecosystem leaders on a series of, “What  You Need to Know About the American Health Care Plan, ” webinars to be scheduled over the coming months starting on April 4th. 

Find registration details HERE …

Watch online and via social channels for more details and a more complete schedule!

Best Wishes,

Gabe Solano Founder and Principle of Business Benefit Solutions

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Startup Maryland Completes 2016 STRT1UP® Road Show

Teams of Ecosystem Stakeholders Co-Hosted Tour Stops in Celebration of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

 

All Points, Maryland – Startup Maryland announced completion of the STRT1UP Road Show and the Pitch Across Maryland competition — the fifth annual state-wide tour and celebration of entrepreneurship and high-growth innovation-centric startup companies.

The STRT1UP Road Show again traversed the state all in the name of celebrating Maryland’s diverse ecosystem of venture building.  A sampling of details, key data and results from previous tours follow:

  • More than 1,200 Startup Maryland companies; 800+ participated in tour events from 2012 to 2016; 168 startups “pitched” in 2012, 161 in 2013, 170 in 2014, 165 in 2015 and 135 in 2016
  • 42 tour stops in 2015; 35 in 2014; 32 in 2013; 25 in 2012
  • More than 75 “Rock Star” tour sponsors/partners including (universities, economic development agencies, angel/VC investors, incubators/accelerators, affinity brand owners, sponsors)
  • Months of media coverage; more than 1 million press impressions; ad-rate value over $5 million
  • Video Pitch Competition winnowed field to Top 3 Fan Favorites and 8 Finalists as Best Candidates for Venture Investment
  • Startup Maryland and WithTheFilm released a documentary film about the STRT1UP Road Show at the Santa Barbara (CA) Film Festival
  • Startup Maryland was asked by other national startup ecosystem builders to discuss how the STRT1UP Road Show helps cultivate strong startup communities

“Maryland and the broader Mid-Atlantic is clearly winning with regards to workforce talent, entrepreneur hustle and the assembly of resources needed to support high-growth ventures – we call this ecosystem,” stated Michael Binko, Founder|CEO of Startup Maryland.  “The broad base of industry sectors owned credibly by Maryland is all but unmatched.  From rural innovations, health/wellness, edtech and life sciences/bio, to cloud computing, cyber-security, creative/arts, clean energy, manufacturing, sustainability, to autonomous systems and the Internet-of-Things (IoT), Maryland entrepreneurs are breeding ventures that disrupt a wide array of industries.  The STRT1UP Road Show proudly shines a spotlight on the diversity of our innovation categories and the ecosystem supporting them.”

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As the tour unfolds, entrepreneurs climb onto the Startup Maryland bus and pitch their idea/business in the mobile UpStart Show™ video studio.  Videos are uploaded to the Startup Maryland YouTube® Channel and then open to public viewing/voting.  This aspect of the STRT1UP Road Show embodies the Pitch Across Maryland competition allowing the entrepreneurs, sponsors, investors and tour hosts to activate social networks for even broader awareness and celebration.

 

For more information see past STRT1UP Road Show tour locations  and keep an eye open for 2017 route locations.  Visit http://www.startupmd.org for regular updates:

 

 

 WHEN/WHERE DID THE ROAD SHOW TAKE PLACE? (2016)

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About Startup Maryland:

Startup Maryland (www.startupmd.org) is an ecosystem and venture development initiative driven from within the community of innovation-centric entrepreneurs.  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: Celebration, Coaching, Curation and Capital while also bringing together entrepreneurs in a community of support to drive greater social as well as economic outcomes.

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Startup Maryland Announces Winners for 2016 STRT1UP Roadshow and Pitch Across Maryland Competition

Startup Maryland Announces Winners for

2016 STRT1UP Roadshow and 

Pitch Across Maryland Competition

Quidient, GunBail, Chord and Real Flexi Recognized as 
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STRT1UP Showcase
 
December 16, 2016 – EVERYWHERE, MD – On Tuesday, December 13, Startup Maryland announced the Winners for the Great Eight and Rural Innovations Challenge from the 2016 STRT1UP Road Show and Pitch Across Maryland —  the annual statewide celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship
Nearly 150 video pitches from Maryland entrepreneurs were assembled during the 2016 STRT1UP Roadshow with each becoming candidates for various Pitch Across Marylandcompetitions.  This year the Pitch Across Maryland added a Rural Innovation Challenge, CyberSecurity Challenge and the Champions’ Choice categories to the existing Fan Favorites and Overall Great 8.  
 
Startup Maryland is proud to announce Quidient and Gunbail as winner / runner-up for the Great 8 competition with Chord and Real Flexi being honored as winner / runner-up for the Rural Innovation Challenge.  They join Efflux Systems and SecuLore as winner / runner-up of the Cyber Security Challenge; 5PopPicklehead-TipTough and ION Massage as Fan Favorites; as well as Dhremo TherapyAsli and Elderbird Restoration as Champions’ Choices — who were all announced previously.
Pitch Across Maryland candidates, finalists and winners were distilled by two separate review panels of serial entrepreneurs, investors and economic development officers over three months and two rounds of judging.  Finalists presented their ventures and opportunities during MDCyberDay on October 5, the TEDCO Entrepreneur Expo on November 14 and the STRT1UP Showcase on December 13th. 
 
Judges for the CyberSecurity Challenge were Ken Mcreedy, (MD Dept. of Commerce), Jack Biddle (Novak-Biddle Venture Partners), Ron Kaese (TEDCO), Ron Gula (Tenable), and Dr. Shue-Jane Thomas (IBM  Global Services).  Judges for the Rural Innovation Challenge were Charlotte Davis (Rural Maryland Council), Lee Kirwin (TECCO) and Ronnie Gist (Maryland MIPS – UMD).  Judges for the Great 8 were Gianna J. Arnold (Saul Ewing), MacKeever “Mac” Conwell (TEDCO) and Bruce McIndoe (iJET).
A special thank you to Andre Robinson and Richard May who graciously hosted the STRT1UP Showcase at the new Innovation Village headquarters @ Symphony Center in Baltimore’s Mt. Royal neighborhood.
 

“The first round judges voiced considerable angst trying to winnow the Pitch Across Marylandfield and the quality of the pitches at the STRT1UP Showcase revealed exactly why that task was so difficult.  The diversity of industries and innovations is quite a testament to why Maryland and the broader Mid-Atlantic region constitute an early-stage venture powerhouse,” stated Michael Binko, Founder of Startup Maryland.  “As we reflect back on five years of celebrating entrepreneurs and innovation, we are humbled by the fact that we have engaged with more than 1,500 high-growth tech ventures and proud that our startup density places Maryland #2 for U.S. regions launched as part of Startup America.”

Winners and runner-ups are now fast-tracked into various funding opportunities with TEDCO and other ecosystem partners given the fact that they have already been thoroughly vetted after the grueling three months of scrutiny during the STRT1UP Roadshow and Pitch Across Maryland competitions.  Winners also receive one-on-one venture Coaching with Jason Tagler, a Baltimore based Startup Maryland Champion, founder of CEO Pitch Coach and Partner at Camden Partners — a leading tech venture capital firm.  Saul Ewing has also offered Finalists a chance to meet with firm partners/staff, participation in CEO Roundtables and consideration for the firm’s RAMP program.
Active equity investors and members of the media are invited to view all Pitch Across Marylandvideos at the Startup Maryland YouTube Channel — click on Playlists — or to contact the Startup Maryland team directly to learn more about the innovations and entrepreneurs building great companies across the broader Mid-Atlantic region.
In the coming months, Startup Maryland will be kicking off its annual Raise Your GameBootcamp for Entrepreneurs — the primary program under the Startup Maryland Coaching initiative.  All Pitch Across Maryland finalists are awarded a free scholarship to participate in the full Bootcamp.  Under this program, early stage company founders learn directly from successful entrepreneur peers on six topics that every startup founder needs to understand in order to inflect their venture.  Watch for more details and timing for this year’s Bootcamp.
 
Building off of the overwhelming success of the past five years and the quality of the resulting “deal-flow,” one of the newer programs under Startup Maryland’s Capital initiative is Angel Academy.  Angel Academy is an in-depth training rubric for Sideline Angels to discover proven approaches to angel investing while introducing these angels to the Startup Maryland ecosystem and fund-able ventures. Qualified Pitch Across Maryland winners and finalists who are raising seed rounds of funding and being Curated by Startup Maryland are invited to participate in Angel Academy programs in order to continue to hone their pitches, network and engage with up-and-coming and active angel investors.

THANK YOU!!! 

Startup Maryland Unveils STRT1UP Roadshow Videos for Pitch Across Maryland 2016

100+ Ventures Now Compete in Several Pitch Across Maryland Categories; Finalists to be Announced at the TEDCO Entrepreneur Expo November 14

EVERYWHERE, MARYLAND; October 25, 2016 — 
Startup Maryland today unveils video pitches from the participants in the 2016 STRT1UP Roadshow. Entrants are now in the running for the Pitch Across Maryland competition. Categories this year for the Pitch Across Maryland include:
  • Fan Favorite
  • Overall Winner
  • Champions’ Choice
  • Industry Innovators (CyberSecurity and Rural Innovations)

The STRT1UP Roadshow, which is the month-long tour around the state of Maryland, celebrates the vibrant ecosystem around innovation and entrepreneurship. During the roadshow, entrepreneurs climb on the Startup Maryland video bus to deliver a 2-4 minute video pitch summarizing their venture and opportunity.

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Each presenter receives a link to a professionally-edited version of their video for free and then all the videos are posted on the Startup Maryland YouTube channel as part of the Pitch Across Maryland competition. The following link takes you to where participant videos can be found in Playlists based on the location/tour stop at which 2016 companies pitched:

“As Startup Maryland celebrates five years of nurturing an inclusive ecosystem, this year’s STRT1UP Roadshow gave us a chance to reflect on where we have been while still shining the beacon to attract Maryland’s best undiscovered ventures,” stated Michael Binko, founder | CEO of Startup Maryland. “While we are amazed that we have now engaged with more than 1,000+ innovative ventures since Startup Maryland began, what is not surprising is the will and determination personified in our entrepreneur-founders and the ambitions they embody.”

 

STRT1UP Roadshow entrepreneurs meet with ecosystem partner/sponsors, investors and Startup MD Champions as they await their opportunity to GET ON THE BUS!!

 

In 2015, Startup Maryland expanded on the STRT1UP Roadshow tour by hosting Steve Case and the Rise of the Rest in Baltimore and also produced a documentary film about the tour STRT1UP: Venturing through the Land of Pleasant Living. This year, the tour took time to revisit with past-participants asking, “Where Are They Now?!” and paused to host 80+ U.S. ecosystem-builder peers from the Startup Champions Network in Baltimore for a 3 day national summit on Inclusive Entrepreneurship. Startup Maryland also extended its “creative-in-residence” initiative with Laura Willoughby joining as STRT1UP Roadshow Poet-Laureate.

“We look forward to sharing our perspectives as well as a few discoveries from this year’s tour during two upcoming events: TEDCO Entrepreneur Expo(Baltimore Hilton, Nov. 14) and the STRT1UP Showcase (venue and date in December to be announced). In the meantime, we now begin the competitions that transform the STRT1UP Road Show into the Pitch Across Maryland,” state Michael Venezia, Startup Maryland Ecosystem Manager. “The first two categories of the competition are something fun we refer to as the Fan Favorite and Champions’ Choice. Additionally, we reveal our Great 8 Finalists and Winners in two new categories that identify Industry Innovators in sectors critical to Maryland – Cyber and Rural,” added Venezia.
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 11, 2016. At that time, the Pitch Across Maryland companies with the most tallied views will be declared the Fan Favorites for 2016 while a cadre of Startup Maryland Champions choose the Champions’ Choice.

 

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During the same period (today until November 11) a panel of investors (angel/VC) and entrepreneurs will select eight (8) companies as the Great 8 Finalists for 2016. At the TEDCO Entrepreneur Expo, Winners and Finalists of all Pitch Across Maryland categories will be announced, celebrated and given an opportunity for continued promotion. Building on the 2-4 minute STRT1UP Roadshowvideos, Expo and Showcase activities including a mini Angel Academy will afford the Pitch Across Maryland companies a chance to share more detail about their venture/opportunity with ecosystem supporters including investors, incubators/accelerators and economic development officers.

Additionally, 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.

Laura Jane Willoughby Joins as Poet Laureate and Creative in Residence

Startup Maryland™ Announces First Creative in Residence & Poet Laureate for the 2016 STRT1UP Road Show

Combining prose, creativity and entrepreneurism, Poet Laureate Laura Jane Willoughby will provide the voice of the tour September 10 thru October 8

September 16, 2016: All Points, Maryland – Today Startup Maryland announced the addition of an official Poet Laureate for the STRT1UP Road Show, the fifth annual state-wide tour and celebration of entrepreneurship and high-growth innovation-centric startup companies.  Providing real-time updates, tweets, and snippets in prose and images from tour moments as they happen, the role will provide a creative take on the state-wide bus tour unfolding September 10 through October 8.  

This year, STRT1UP Road Show is pleased to welcome Laura Jane Willoughby aboard the bus as it travels to more than 30 stops across the state, where entrepreneurs pitch their start-up business ideas for a chance to receive coaching, guidance, support and even funding from leaders across academia, incubators/accelerators, economic development agencies, service providers as well as active angel/VC investors.  

Willoughby is a Maryland-based creative writer, and previously spent more than 10 years involved in Maryland’s technology ecosystem in roles with several organizations. During the tour’s stops, Willoughby will share images, prose and insights via StartUp Maryland’s social media platforms on Twitter (@StartUpMd), Instagram (@startupMaryland), LinkedIn and Facebook as well as on her own platforms.

“Entrepreneurism is, by definition, creative, so it made sense to bring in a Poet Laureate as our first Creative in Residence who can capture the pulse of the tour as it happens, while also providing insights start-ups can use,” said Michael Binko, Founder|CEO of Startup Maryland. “Maryland is rich in workforce talent, entrepreneur hustle and the assembly of resources needed to support high-growth ventures – we call this ecosystem. We feel bridging relationships between artists and entrepreneurs is a dynamic way to increase growth within the ecosystem because it is essential to approach challenges as an entrepreneur with a creative mindset.”

At each STRT1UP Road Show tour stop, Tour Partners/Sponsors host rallies sharing information about their entrepreneurial ecosystems across the state.  As the tour unfolds, entrepreneurs climb onto the Startup Maryland bus and pitch their idea/business in the mobile “UpStart Show™ video studio.  Videos are uploaded to the Startup Maryland YouTube® Channel and then open to public viewing/voting.  This aspect of the STRT1UP Road Show embodies the Pitch Across Maryland competition allowing the entrepreneurs, sponsors, investors and tour hosts to activate social networks for even broader awareness and celebration.

“Prose can capture the beauty and the heartache of what it means to be invested in an idea so completely that it often seems like the most important thing in the world,” Willoughby said.  “By highlighting the hopes and dreams of pitch contestants, the success stories and the ebb and flow of life aboard the bus tour, we hope to provide a unique take on how creativity is the integral element to a successful business climate. My experience in Maryland’s technology market, as well as time I spent as an entrepreneur myself, means I feel intricately connected to the story of start-ups and business in this state.”

For more information see scheduled STRT1UP Road Show tour dates and evolving route locations below or visit http://www.startupmd.org for regular updates.

About Startup Maryland:

Startup Maryland www.startupmd.org is an ecosystem and venture development initiative driven from within the community of innovation-centric entrepreneurs.  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: Celebration, Coaching, Curation and Capital while also bringing together entrepreneurs in a community of support to drive greater social as well as economic outcomes.

About Laura Jane Willoughby

Laura Jane Willoughby is a creative writer with a portfolio that spans a 20-year-career as a journalist, non-profit executive and writer. Her writing has appeared in The Baltimore Sun, The Post & Courier (Charleston), The (Annapolis) Capital, Houseboating Magazine and several other regional and trade industry publications. She has won awards from the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association for Newspaper Series (2nd place) and Special Sections (1st place for Anne Arundel Business Insert). Before re-launching her writing career, Willoughby was most recently Executive Director of the Chesapeake Innovation Center. She also served as Washington DC Regional Director for Business Executives for National Security, was Executive Director of the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council and worked for Annapolis-based iJET (before it was acquired). In her 20s, she ran a boutique public relations firm.

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CONTACT: For more information check out www.startupmd.org or contact Mike Venezia at  mvenezia@startupmd.org or contact Startup Maryland via phone @ 240-499-3830.

Startup Maryland and Startup Angels Host Angel Academy™ Investing Bootcamp

Experienced and Aspiring Angels Learn Critical Skills and Proven Methodologies for Early Stage Startup Investing

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August 18/19, 2016:  ANNAPOLIS, MD — Startup Angels and Startup Maryland teamed to host an Angel Academy investor workshops designed for the Chesapeake Crescent community — the geographic corridor encompassing greater Annapolis/Baltimore, MD, Southeastern PA/DE, and Washington DC Metro.  A component of the Startup Maryland Curation and Capital initiatives, the bootcamp sessions will provide aspiring angels investors best practices and methodologies to begin or refine their investing knowledge, skills, and resources.

“The Chesapeake Crescent region is teeming with a diversity of industry sectors and talent almost unmatched in the U.S. Combining a dynamic community of active and sideline angels together with a stable foundation of startup resources, we have the makings of a deal flow powerhouse,” says Michael Binko, angel investor and Founder/CEO of Startup Maryland.

Register for the workshop today.

Workshop sessions are designed to give attendees an insider look at the world of startup investing, as well as, activity in their own region. Sessions feature guest-speakers who share how to approach investing as part of a portfolio; navigating deals; managing involvement with the portfolio startups, a breakdown on various investing platforms and opportunities, perspectives from the legal side of investing and more.  Workshop attendees are also given the chance to meet other angel investors and curated startup ventures, expanding their network while introducing qualified deal flow.

“Through our work, we’ve learned there’s demand for information about startup investing across the globe,” says Leslie Jump, founder and CEO of Startup Angels. “In response, we created the Startup Angels Workshop to support the specific challenges and opportunities that different communities have when it comes to inspiring and educating local investors. We’re looking forward to being the catalyst for more startup investors in the Chesapeake Crescent region — a natural community for more angel investors due to its strong startup roots, and our hometown.”

Speakers and experts for the event included:

Michael Binko angel investor and Founder | CEO, Startup Maryland

Leslie Jump, CEO and Founder, Startup Angels

Bruce McIndoe, Founder | CEO, iJET International

Frank Bonsal III, Director of Entrepreneurship and TU Incubator, Towson University

Jason Tagler, Baltimore Angels and Partner, Camden Partners

Tami Howie, attorney and Executive Director, Chesapeake Regional Tech Council

 

“A driver of the broader Mid-Atlantic region, Maryland is poised to be the center of perhaps the most vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in the country.  We accept the fact that key elements of our early-stage capital environment could improve and we have the will to be the change.  Via this Angel Academy initiative we are mobilizing efforts to build a community of well-educated and entrepreneur-aware angel investor peers who can turn the tide and fill funding gaps in an effort to ensure our startups have every opportunity to thrive here,” added Binko.

About Startup Angels

Startup Angels was founded with the mission of increasing the number of startup investors and the amount of capital available in markets across the US and around the globe.  We provide information for investors and wealth management professionals to help them navigate this asset class as part of a diversified portfolio.  The Startup Angels platform includes thought-leader AngelSummits, Angel 101 Workshops, and market profiles and best practices at startupangels.co. Startup Angels is headquartered in Washington DC.

 

About Startup Maryland

Startup Maryland is an ecosystem and venture development initiative driven from within the community of innovation-centric entrepreneurs.  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: Celebration, Coaching, Curation and Capital while also bringing together entrepreneurs in a community of support to drive greater social as well as economic outcomes.

 

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Introducing the Documentary Film — STRT1UP: Venturing Through the Land of Pleasant Living

February 2, 2016 – as a Part of its Mission to Celebrate | Coach | Curate and Capitalize High-Potential Startups, Startup Maryland and WithTheFilm Created STRT1UP: Venturing Through the Land of Pleasant Living — a Documentary Film About the Maryland Entrepreneur Ecosystem

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Startup Maryland (www.startupmd.org) joined with the team at WithTheFilm over the past 18 months and today unveiled STRT1UP — a documentary in celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship, MARYLAND STYLE!

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After capturing and posting nearly 750 video pitches from Maryland entrepreneurs that were captured during the first three-years of the STRT1UP Roadshow and Pitch Across Maryland tour | celebration, Startup Maryland is proud to announce that a documentary film has been produced as another way to celebrate the will of our entrepreneurs and the support afforded to them by the state’s Ecosystem Model.

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“Over the past four years, the activity around the Startup Maryland pitch videos has been stellar,” stated Michael Binko, founder and CEO of Startup Maryland. “Interest from investors, media and service providers in the Pitch Across Maryland demonstrates how vibrant our innovation ecosystem is and the engagement of these communities by our pitch entrepreneurs is the spirit celebrated by this feature-length documentary film.”

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STRT1UP was premiered at the Santa Barbara (CA) Film Festival that coincided with the Startup Champions Network annual Summit.  The second showing of STRT1UP was hosted by SparkBaltimore / Cordish Companies @ PowerPlantLive in Baltimore.

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CONTACT: For more information check out www.startupmd.org

Startup Maryland Announces Fan Favorites for Pitch Across Maryland Tour

Fourth Annual State-Wide Tour and Celebration of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Reveals Strong Startup Ecosystems in Wide Variety of Industry Sectors

 

NOVEMBER 6, 2015 – EVERYWHERE, MD – Startup Maryland (www.startupmd.org) today announces the Fan Favorites in two categories for the 2015 Pitch Across Maryland tour and celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship.

 

After posting nearly 150 video pitches from Maryland entrepreneurs that were captured during the three-week Pitch Across Maryland tour | celebration, Startup Maryland is proud this year to announce two categories of Fan Favorites — Most Viewed and Most Social.

 

“This year the activity around the Startup Maryland pitch videos has been stellar,” stated Michael Binko, founder and CEO of Startup Maryland. “Interest from investors, media and service providers in the Pitch Across Maryland demonstrates how vibrant our innovation ecosystem is and the engagement of these communities by our pitch entrepreneurs is the spirit celebrated by our Fan Favorite designations.”

 

While in the past the Fan Favorite traditionally highlighted the top three Most Viewed videos, this year the Startup Maryland team decided to also highlight the startups that demonstrated consistent social engagement throughout the month since the tour concluded. The startups that embodied these efforts and outcomes are listed below with a link to their pitch video:

 

Fan Favorites – Most Viewed:

 

Fan Favorites – Most Social:

 

The Fan Favorite portion of the competition is a fun activity that Startup Maryland added as a component of the Pitch Across Maryland to keep the awareness and celebration aspects of the tour at a high level.

 

A second competition, which will continue this year until noon on November 11, determines the Great Eight Finalists. The eight (8) finalist companies will receive invitations to the annual TEDCO Entrepreneur Expo held on November 17.

At the Entrepreneur Expo, the Great Eight Finalists will be given the opportunity to present a more comprehensive ‘pitch’ of their venture and opportunity. Building on their shorter Pitch Across Maryland video, the Entrepreneur Expo Great Eight Finalist pitches will be longer and afford the entrepreneurs a chance to share more detail about their venture/opportunity with ecosystem builders including investors, potential employees, incubators/accelerator teams and economic development officers.

“Finalists will present their business plans to the full community of conference attendees and another panel of investor/entrepreneur experts will then select and announce the Pitch Across Maryland Winner and a Runner-up live at the Expo,” added Binko.

Separately, TEDCO will select up to two of the Finalists to be catapulted directly to a Technology Commercialization Fund or Cybersecurity Innovation Fund $100,000 investment pitch.  These selected Finalists will have to submit a TEDCO-compliant application for evaluation.

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. The link to all Pitch Across Maryland playlists follows here:

https://www.youtube.com/user/StartupMaryland/playlists?sort=dd&view=1

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 social as well as economic outcomes.

 

About the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO)

TEDCO is the go-to source for entrepreneurial support and guidance for start-ups and early-stage companies engaged in bringing innovative ideas to market. For more than a decade, the organization has provided funding, mentoring and networking opportunities to support Maryland’s innovation ecosystem. While founded by the Maryland General Assembly, TEDCO is an independent entity that makes seed/early-stage investments and manages private capital for angel and venture capital funds. It is frequently ranked as one of the most active seed/early-stage investors in the nation. The organization plays a key role in bringing research created in Maryland’s educational institutions and federal laboratories into the commercial marketplace. For more information on TEDCO and its programs and resources, visit www.TEDCO.md .

 

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CONTACT: For more information check out www.startupmd.org and www.tedco.md. Contact Girolama Bui at mailto:gbui@startupmd.org

Startup Maryland Great Eight Finalists for Pitch Across Maryland

Finalist Invited to Pitch Their Venture Opportunities at the

TEDCO Entrepreneur Expo on November 17

 

NOVEMBER 10, 2015 – EVERYWHERE, MD – Startup Maryland (www.startupmd.org) today announced the Great Eight (8) Finalists for the 2015 Pitch Across Maryland tour and celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship.

 

After posting nearly 150 video pitches from Maryland entrepreneurs that were captured during the three-week Pitch Across Maryland tour | celebration, Startup Maryland is proud to showcase the eight finalists. This year’s Finalist companies are listed below with a link to their 2015 pitch video:

 

Great 8 Finalists:

 

“Our review panel had a very challenging time winnowing the Pitch Across Maryland field to only eight finalists this year,” stated Michael Binko, Founder|CEO of Startup Maryland. “The word is out and our tour stop partners really brought their A-game in helping identify and encourage strong startups to participate in this year’s tour.”

 

Nothing sells a concept or business idea better than the entrepreneurs themselves. The passion, enthusiasm and determination captured in Pitch Across Maryland video format gives investors much more depth than the dry statistics and standard formatting of a typical business plan or executive summary document.

 

All eight finalists are now invited to present their pitch again in a slightly longer and more formal format during the final Pitching Mound session at the 2015 TEDCO Entrepreneur Expo.

Building on their shorter Pitch Across Maryland video, the Entrepreneur Expo Great Eight Finalist pitches will be longer and afford the entrepreneurs a chance to share more detail about their venture/opportunity with ecosystem builders including investors, potential employees, incubators/accelerator teams and economic development officers.

“Finalists will present their venture roadmap to the full community of conference attendees and another panel of investor/entrepreneur experts will then select and announce the Pitch Across Maryland Winner and a Runner-up live at the Expo,” added Binko.

Separately, TEDCO has also agreed to select up to two of the Finalists to be catapulted directly to a Technology Commercialization Fund or Cybersecurity Innovation Fund $100,000 investment pitch.  These selected Finalists will have to submit a TEDCO-compliant application for evaluation.

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. The link to all Pitch Across Maryland playlists follows here:

https://www.youtube.com/user/StartupMaryland/playlists?sort=dd&view=1

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 social as well as economic outcomes.

 

About the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO)

TEDCO is the go-to source for entrepreneurial support and guidance for start-ups and early-stage companies engaged in bringing innovative ideas to market. For more than a decade, the organization has provided funding, mentoring and networking opportunities to support Maryland’s innovation ecosystem. While founded by the Maryland General Assembly, TEDCO is an independent entity that makes seed/early-stage investments and manages private capital for angel and venture capital funds. It is frequently ranked as one of the most active seed/early-stage investors in the nation. The organization plays a key role in bringing research created in Maryland’s educational institutions and federal laboratories into the commercial marketplace. For more information on TEDCO and its programs and resources, visit www.TEDCO.md .

 

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CONTACT: For more information check out www.startupmd.org and www.tedco.md. Contact Girolama Bui at mailto:gbui@startupmd.org

 

Shahab Kaviani to Kick Off 2015 “Raise Your Game” Bootcamp

Strong CEO Leadership and Team-Building Best Practices to be the Focus as Kaviani Serves as First Guest-Mentor Instructor for Raise Your Game

 

 

The new twist for this bootcamp is that the sessions will be proctored/taught by experienced (often serial) entrepreneurs who are very well-recognized and respected.

 

“Entrepreneurs learning from other entrepreneurs is a key component to building and maintaining strong startup ecosystems,” stated Shahab Kaviani, Startup Maryland Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EiR).  “I am honored to be kick of the 2015 Startup Maryland Raise Your Game bootcamp program by sharing some of my experiences as a serial entrepreneur.”

Kaviani is currently co-founder of Breezio and previously served as Co-Founder of Onevest after merging CoFoundersLab with Rock the Post.  Prior to founding Co-FoundersLab, Kaviani was a founding management team leader of HyperOffice.

Development of the Raise Your Game program and curriculum was led by Startup Maryland Entrepreneur Champions Sam Polakoff, (president of TBB Global Logistics), Gregg Smith (CEO of Koolspan) and Startup Maryland Founder | CEO Michael Binko (CEO of kloudtrack®).

 

Beginning in July of 2015, Raise Your Game will consist of a 4 month educational “bootcamp” program emphasizing the critical components of building successful companies.  These topics include:

 

  • CEO 101 – How to be a strong startup CxO leader and the best team-building strategies
  • Pitch Perfect – Best practices when pitching your company | avoiding pitfalls
  • Virtualizing Your Company – Lean Startup approach | outsourcing non-core functions
  • Raising Capital and Exit Roadmapping – Lifecycle stages, financing options, exits

To attend, point your browser to:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-startup-maryland-raise-your-game-entrepreneur-bootcamp-tickets-17228097704