Shahab Kaviani Joins Startup Maryland as Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Expertise in Entrepreneurial Community Engagement, Branding, Operations and Venture Development Add Considerable Depth to Startup Maryland

 

JANUARY 20, 2015 – EVERYWHERE, MD – Startup Maryland (www.startupmd.org) today announced appointment of serial entrepreneur Shahab Kaviani as Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EiR).

A recognized leader of startup communities globally, Kaviani brings over a decade of first-hand entrepreneurial expertise and leadership experience most-recently as co-founder and CEO of Rockville, MD based CoFoundersLab (now Onevest). Previously, Kaviani served on the executive management team growing another Maryland company, HyperOffice, into a cloud-collaboration software leader.

2015 01 20 The Dude (Kaviani photo 1)In creating CoFoundersLab, Kaviani established the largest online community of entrepreneurs in the world and has become an internationally-recognized expert in startup team formation and the crowdfunding movement – particularly equity crowdfunding as defined under the U.S. JOBS Act legislation of 2012.

“Shahab is one of those rare individuals who have actually built multiple successful high-growth startups while also giving back to the community of entrepreneur peers,” stated Michael Binko, Founder and President of Startup Maryland. “An early supporter and Startup Maryland Champion, Shahab not only helped shape the direction of the movement but also took aggressive advantage of some of the initiatives we developed to benefit his own startup.”

 

In fact, CoFoundersLab was the winner of the inaugural Pitch Across Maryland  competition beating out more than 160 other stellar companies for the top spot as Maryland’s startup with the “most potential for strong growth.”

“Having been in their shoes, Shahab is the ideal candidate to serve as Startup Maryland’s first Entrepreneur-in-Residence and help shape future efforts related to the mission, goals, initiatives, community outreach, stakeholder engagement and brand awareness for Startup Maryland,” added Binko.

Entering its fourth year Startup Maryland is an organization forged out of the realization that entrepreneurs thrive best when motivated and supported by their peers.

“Startup Maryland has made a very meaningful impact on the startup ecosystem over the last few years encouraging and celebrating the entrepreneurial community while creating programs that highlight the startup deal-flow that will ensure a bright future ahead for our innovation economy,” stated Kaviani. “We have a tremendous cadre of resources within the state that have Maryland poised to reach new milestones as a global hub of innovation and entrepreneurship,” added Kaviani.

In the coming months, Startup Maryland will be kicking off its annual Raise Your Game bootcamp for Entrepreneurs. Under this program, early stage company founders learn directly from successful entrepreneur peers on several 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. Sponsors and service provider supporters are currently being engaged for Startup Maryland’s 2015 programs.

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.

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Vheda Health+BrinkBit Announced as Winner and Runner-up for 2014 Pitch Across Maryland

Vheda Health Claims Top Spot and BrinkBit Takes Second Place as Diversity of Maryland Innovation Shines Front-and-Center at TEDCO Entrepreneur Expo

 

NOVEMBER 17, 2014 – EVERYWHERE, MD – Startup Maryland (www.startupmd.org) today announced the Great two top Finalists from the 2014 Pitch Across Maryland celebration.

 

After qualifying and posting more than 150 video pitches from Maryland entrepreneurs that were captured during the three-week Pitch Across Maryland tour | celebration, Startup Maryland is proud to announce Vheda Health (Howard County/MCE) and BrinkBit (uBalt, ETC, EAGB, GBC) as Winner and Runner-up, respectively.

The winners were distilled by two separate review panels of serial entrepreneurs, investors and economic development officers over two months and two rounds of judging. Eight finalists presented their ventures and opportunities during the final afternoon session at the 2014 TEDCO Entrepreneur Expo – held November 12 in Elkridge, MD.

 

“The first round judges voiced considerable angst trying to winnow the Pitch Across Maryland field to 8 Finalists and the quality of the pitches at the Expo reveled exactly why that task was so difficult. The diversity of industries and innovations is quite a testament to why Maryland is an early-stage venture powerhouse,” stated Michael Binko, Founder | president of Startup Maryland. “We are now seriously thinking about expanding the finalist field to 16 or 32 companies next year.”

 

As Winner and Runner-up, Vheda Health and BrinkBit are now catapulted into the second round of Maryland DBED’s InvesMaryland Challenge – a startup pitch competition with more than $1million in early stage investment and prizes awarded to high growth potential ventures. Their entry fees are waived and both companies bi-pass the hotly-contested first round of reviewing given the fact that they have already been thoroughly vetted after the grueling two months of scrutiny during the Pitch Across Maryland. They also receive $2000 worth of monthly cloud hosting from Rackspace – a corporate sponsor of the Pitch Across Maryland.

 

Active equity investors and members of the media are invited to view all Pitch Across Maryland videos here and contact the Startup Maryland team to learn more about the innovations and entrepreneurs building great companies in Maryland and across the broader Mid-Atlantic region.

 

In the coming months, Startup Maryland will be kicking off its annual Raise Your Game bootcamp for Entrepreneurs. Under this program, early stage company founders learn directly from successful entrepreneur peers on 6 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.

 

About Startup Maryland:

Startup Maryland (www.startupmd.org) is a regions initiative launched out of the Startup America Partnership (now UPGlobal, www.up.co). Driven from within the community and led by 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.

 

“Hitting on All Cylinders”: Daily Record Cover Story

The Daily Record editorial staff sat down with Startup Maryland, founder/chair, Mike Binko for a discussion about Maryland’s position as one of the most vibrant entrepreneur and startup ecosystems.

In the May 19, 2014 Cover Story, "Hitting on All Cylinders," by Lizzy McLellan, The Daily Record editorial staff sits down with Mike Binko, Startup Maryland founder | chair to discuss why Maryland is a jugernaut of entrepreneurship.

 

The article also highlights the recently announced Pitch Across Maryland Tour 3.0.  The month-long celebration of startups and entrepreneurs hits the road again from September 15 through October 3, 2014.

More details to follow soon so WATCH THIS SPACE . . . !!!

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Mark Anstey and Jerry Hartung Join Startup Maryland as Guest-Mentors

Sixth and Final 2014 Session Focuses on
“Financing Strategies and Exit Roadmapping” for Entrepreneurs

 

Everywhere, Md. – Startup Maryland (startupmd.org) announced that Mark Anstey, President | CEO of CVD Power and recently exited founder, President | CEO of DataStream will join Jerry Hartung as the guest-mentor instructors for the final 2014 Raise Your Game™ bootcamp session.

This sixth-of-six session also marks graduation for the bootcamp candidates who earned graduation distinction by participating in the requisite 4 out of 6 sessions. Entrepreneurs interested in learning more about Startup Maryland and Raise Your Game are invited to attend with credit for this single session being carried-over into 2015.

Raise Your Game is Startup Maryland’s bootcamp initiative developed to provide the entrepreneurial community with a structured educational program and to help startup CEOs and founders understand and employ the building blocks of strong startups and startup communities. 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.

Mr. Hartung is a recognized thought-leader on venture development and has spoken extensively on the topic of exit roadmapping via his role as executive leader/mentor for Vistage International.

Mr. Anstey is one of the more recognized serial entrepreneurs in Maryland and the broader Mid-Atlantic with several successful exits from startup ventures. An engineer by education and experience, Mark has leveraged his expertise in systems, data and business-building into a series of successful high-growth startup companies and ventures.

An active angel investor, Mark’s most recent successful exit came when DataStream Content Solutions LLC, a leading provider of federal legislative and regulatory data and advanced content management systems to information businesses, publishers and governments, was acquired by the Dolan Company (NYSE:DM), a leading provider of services and business information to professionals in law, finance and real estate.

DataStream’s proprietary processes and technology transformed highly complex and unstructured data into valuable products and services for its business and government clients. The company specialized in applying XML markup language to convert complex and unstructured data into “smarter” forms, allowing flexible queries and dynamic database updates. Target markets included government, legislative and regulatory sectors.

“Perhaps the most-asked-question we receive of Startup Maryland entrepreneurs is, ‘How should I navigate to the right exit for me and my startup venture?’,” stated Michael Binko, president | CEO of kloudtrack and founder | CEO of Startup Maryland. “Mark and Jerry are glowing examples of how to navigate challenging waters to a meaningful exit. Their experiences, successes and lessons-learned serve as great case studies for our Bootcamp CEOs.”

Mark Anstey and Jerry Hartung Join Startup Maryland as Guest-Mentors for “Raise Your Game” Bootcamp

Sixth and Final 2013 Session Focuses on
“Financing Strategies and Exit Roadmapping” for Entrepreneurs

 

Everywhere, Md. (December 17, 2013) – Startup Maryland (startupmd.org) today announced that Mark Anstey, President | CEO of CVD Power and recently exited founder, President | CEO of DataStream will join Jerry Hartung as the guest-mentor instructors for the final 2013 Raise Your Game™ bootcamp session.

This sixth-of-six session also marks graduation for the bootcamp candidates who earned graduation distinction by participating in the requisite 4 out of 6 sessions. Entrepreneurs interested in learning more about Startup Maryland and Raise Your Game are invited to attend with credit for this single session being carried-over into 2014.

Raise Your Game is Startup Maryland’s bootcamp initiative developed to provide the entrepreneurial community with a structured educational program and to help startup CEOs and founders understand and employ the building blocks of strong startups and startup communities. 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.

Mr. Hartung is a recognized thought-leader on venture development and has spoken extensively on the topic of exit roadmapping via his role as executive leader/mentor for Vistage International.

Mr. Anstey is one of the more recognized serial entrepreneurs in Maryland and the broader Mid-Atlantic with several successful exits from startup ventures. An engineer by education and experience, Mark has leveraged his expertise in systems, data and business-building into a series of successful high-growth startup companies and ventures.

An active angel investor, Mark’s most recent successful exit came when DataStream Content Solutions LLC, a leading provider of federal legislative and regulatory data and advanced content management systems to information businesses, publishers and governments, was acquired by the Dolan Company (NYSE:DM), a leading provider of services and business information to professionals in law, finance and real estate.

DataStream’s proprietary processes and technology transformed highly complex and unstructured data into valuable products and services for its business and government clients. The company specialized in applying XML markup language to convert complex and unstructured data into “smarter” forms, allowing flexible queries and dynamic database updates. Target markets included government, legislative and regulatory sectors.

“Perhaps the most-asked-question we receive of Startup Maryland entrepreneurs is, ‘How should I navigate to the right exit for me and my startup venture?’,” stated Michael Binko, president | CEO of kloudtrack and founder | Co-Chair of Startup Maryland. “Mark and Jerry are glowing examples of how to navigate challenging waters to a meaningful exit. Their experiences, successes and lessons-learned serve as great case studies for our Bootcamp CEOs.”

A Roadmap to Raising Your Game as an Entrepreneur

Beginning with the first session on July 25, 2013 which featured Under Armour founder/CEO, Kevin Plank, Raise Your Game consists of 6 monthly educational “bootcamp” programs emphasizing the critical components of building successful companies.

The 6 primary topics of the Raise Your Game bootcamp include:

  • CEO 101 (7/25) – How to be a strong startup CEO and team leader (Kevin Plank)
  • Starting Up (8/15) – Best practices forming startups | avoiding pitfalls (Lily Bengfort)
  • Planning for Financial Success (9/19) – Financial Models, Cap. Tables (Scott Case)
  • Virtualizing Your Company (10/17) – Lean Startup approach | outsourcing (Sean Sabre)
  • Go-to-Market Strategies (11/21) – Sales, marketing, PR, channel | distribution (Scott Shaw)
  •  Raising Capital and Exit Roadmapping (12/19) – Lifecycle stages, financing options, exits (Mark Anstey and Jerry Hartung)

Registration can be found at: https://startupmdraiseyourgame.eventbrite.com

Raise Your Game is the first component of Startup Maryland’s Coaching initiative. Coaching joins Connection, Celebration and Capital as four primary Areas of Concentration for Startup Maryland throughout 2013 and beyond. These four guiding initiatives were officially announced at a White House reception, during which Startup Maryland highlighted past successes and future plans for Presidential advisors and officials from several government agencies.

“No matter whether entrepreneurs are just starting out with an idea or ready to inflect their startup into hyper-growth, Raise Your Game provides perspective and knowledge for leader-peers at all stages,” stated Julie Kirk, founder | co-chair, Startup Maryland.

Upon successful completion of the full Raise Your Game program, graduate-CEOs will join an exclusive alumni network. To learn more, watch the video replay of an informative Raise Your Game video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqiJG5hXI3g&feature=c4-overview&list=UUJ1CerRXLIC4zfEF5hZ97cA

Empowering Entrepreneur Champions

Over the past year, Startup Maryland cultivated a campaign to engage its participants as Entrepreneur Champion leaders for the Startup Maryland initiative. Currently, more than 750 companies and more than 50 individual entrepreneur Champions have come forward to help drive the Startup Maryland program around Connections | Coaching | Celebration | Capital.

About Startup Maryland

Startup Maryland (startupmd.org) is a regions initiative launched out of UpGlobal – an entity fostered jointly by the Case Foundation and The Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship. Startup Maryland is an initiative FOR entrepreneurs BY entrepreneurs to bring entrepreneurial resources together, improve awareness/celebration and increase access to capital / deal flow and mentorship, while also bringing together entrepreneurs in a community of support to drive greater economic outcomes.

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G. Scott Shaw Joins Startup Maryland as Guest-Mentor for “Raise Your Game” Bootcamp Session

Fifth Session Focuses on “Everclear Marketing and Breakthrough Branding Strategies” for Entrepreneurs to Connect with Customers and Investors


Everywhere, Md. (November 19, 2013) – Startup Maryland (startupmd.org) today announced that G. Scott Shaw, President and Founder of Everclear Marketing (www.everclearmarketing.com), the B2B marketing agency for venture-backed tech companies, will participate as the fifth guest-mentor instructor for Raise Your Game

 

2013 11 19 gscottshaw-Twitter-Profile-Picture-500x500-HeadshotRaise Your Game is Startup Maryland’s bootcamp initiative developed to provide the entrepreneurial community with a structured educational program and to help startup CEOs and founders understand and employ the building blocks of strong startups and startup communities.  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.

 

Mr. Shaw is a results-driven technology marketing executive with 15 years of experience re-positioning venture-backed technology companies, developing breakthrough brand strategies and executing high-growth sales and marketing programs for enterprise software companies in the cybersecurity, aerospace, aviation, geospatial and healthcare IT industries.

 

As President and Founder of Everclear Marketing, Scott works with entrepreneurs, investors and executives of venture-backed tech companies, serving as a strategic, long-term business advisor that helps management teams develop and execute high-growth marketing programs to accelerate sales and drive revenue. Everclear Marketing translates complex technology into enterprise value so venture-backed companies grow faster and its clients include TerraGo, RedCloud, Metron Aviation, Era Corporation, SecureInfo, e-Security and TruSecure.

 

For nearly five years, Shaw has also served as a FastTrack advisor and coach to early- and growth-stage technology companies selected to present at the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association’s (MAVA) annual Capital Connection and Mid-Atlantic Bio events to help entrepreneur’s refine their message, simplify complex value propositions and get their story straight when they are actively raising capital and seeking funding within the investor community.

 

“Entrepreneurs and technical founders face a host of marketing challenges when they are building their companies, from targeting the right customers to sending the right message to the market, as well as overcoming other barriers to adoption. The best technology doesn’t always win and well-orchestrated marketing can make the difference for a company working to build momentum and traction within their industries,” stated Michael Binko, president | CEO of kloudtrack and Co-Chair of Startup Maryland.  “Scott’s experience helping entrepreneurs simplify how they communicate about their company or technology will help startups build a strong foundation for growth and leave them with valuable insights they can put to use immediately.”

 

A Roadmap to Raising Your Game as an Entrepreneur

Beginning with the first session on July 25, 2013 which featured Under Armour founder/CEO, Kevin Plank, Raise Your Game consists of 6 monthly educational “bootcamp” programs emphasizing the critical components of building successful companies.

 

The 6 primary topics of the Raise Your Game bootcamp include:

  • CEO 101 (7/25) – How to be a strong startup CEO and team leader (Kevin Plank)
  • Starting Up (8/15) – Best practices forming startups | avoiding pitfalls (Lily Bengfort)
  • Planning for Financial Success (9/19) – Financial Models, Cap. Tables (Scott Case)
  • Virtualizing Your Company (10/17) – Lean Startup approach | outsourcing (Sean Sabre)
  • Go-to-Market Strategies (11/21) – Sales, marketing, PR, channel | distribution (Scott Shaw)
  • Raising Capital and Exit Roadmapping (12/19) – Lifecycle stages, financing options, exits (Mark Anstey and Jerry Hartung)

 

Registration can be found at: https://startupmdraiseyourgame.eventbrite.com

 

Raise Your Game is the first component of Startup Maryland’s Coaching initiative.  Coaching joins Connection, Celebration and Capital as four primary Areas of Concentration for Startup Maryland throughout 2013 and beyond.  These four guiding initiatives were officially announced at a White House reception, during which Startup Maryland highlighted past successes and future plans for Presidential advisors and officials from several government agencies.

 

“No matter whether entrepreneurs are just starting out with an idea or ready to inflect their startup into hyper-growth, Raise Your Game provides perspective and knowledge for leader-peers at all stages,” stated Michael Binko, founder and co-chair, Startup Maryland.

 

Upon successful completion of the full Raise Your Game program, graduate-CEOs will join an exclusive alumni network.  To learn more, watch the video replay of an informative Raise Your Game video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqiJG5hXI3g&feature=c4-overview&list=UUJ1CerRXLIC4zfEF5hZ97cA

 

Empowering Entrepreneur Champions

Over the past year, Startup Maryland cultivated a campaign to engage its participants as Entrepreneur Champion leaders for the Startup Maryland initiative.  Startup Maryland held a series of Champion sessions during which a Theme and Areas of Focus were identified and prioritized.  The Connection and Coaching/Mentorship aspects of building strong startup communities compliment the Celebration and Capital Access goals forming the four pillars of the Startup Maryland mission – Connection | Coaching | Celebration | Capital.

 

Looking for other startup/entrepreneur guidance and resources?  Join the Startup Maryland entrepreneurial community.  Learn more at http://startupmd.org

 

About Startup Maryland:

Startup Maryland (startupmd.org) is a regions initiative launched out of UpGlobal – an entity fostered jointly by the Case Foundation and The Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship.  Startup Maryland is an initiative FOR entrepreneurs BY entrepreneurs to bring entrepreneurial resources together, improve awareness/celebration and increase access to capital / deal flow and mentorship, while also bringing together entrepreneurs in a community of support to drive greater economic outcomes.

 

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Sean Sabre Joins Startup Maryland as Guest-Mentor for “Raise Your Game” Bootcamp Session

Fourth Raise Your Game Session Focuses on “How to Virtualize Your Startup” as an Entrepreneur Starting a New Venture

 

2013 10 16 Sean Sabre Startup MD RYG (Photo 1 JPG)Startup Maryland (startupmd.org), an initiative of UpGlobal-Startup America (www.up.co), today announced that Sean Sabre will participate as the fourth guest-mentor instructor for Raise Your Game

 

Raise Your Game is Startup Maryland’s bootcamp initiative developed to provide the entrepreneurial community with a structured educational program and to help startup CEOs and founders understand and employ the building blocks of strong startups and startup communities.  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.

 

Mr. Sabre is a recognized thought leader in the areas of supply chain and logistics management as these topics relate to high-growth businesses with over 15 years of diverse management experience in supply chain outsourcing in the aerospace, telecommunications, electronics, software and white goods industries.  In his current role as SVP with TBB Global Logistics, his group develops supply chain solutions and delivers supply chain outsourced services for small to mid-size enterprises from scaling domestic start-ups to managing global networks for established businesses.

 

Sean has managed the contracting of outsourced supply chain services while working for large multi-national manufacturers such as Robert Bosch Corporation and Siemens AG and has managed supply chain outsourced service delivery via managing share service organizations within the 4PL space for clients such as Nortel, Boeing, Apple, Microsoft, Intel, AMD, Western Digital, Sony, AT&T, Motorola, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco, Sun Microsystems, Kodak, etc.  Sean has experience in the successful contracting and servicing for warehousing, transportation, material and production planning, bill of material workflow management, packaging design, commodity management and supply chain engineering.

 

Sean has been an advisor to many retailers in regards to supply chain including his current advisory role on the Wal-Mart SVN, he and his team have been profiled in various media outlets including Industry Week and Sean has participated as a supply chain tract guest speaker at various industry events over the past 5 years including ISTA, the World Trade Group and the Entertainment Supply Chain Academy.

 

“With the rapid globalization of commerce in the past 20 years, it is very realistic for any startup to go to market with ambitions to distribute their goods/services on an international basis,” stated Michael Binko, president | CEO of kloudtrack and Co-Chair of Startup Maryland.  “The challenges for startups and high-growth companies is resource management and knowing how to leverage virtual services that often allow their ventures to stay focused on core capabilities.  Sean’s experiences with global leaders sets a framework for his current efforts to bring these skills and services to startups and high growth companies looking to spread their wings.”

 

 

A Roadmap to Raising Your Game as an Entrepreneur

Beginning with the first session on July 25, 2013 which featured Under Armour founder/CEO, Kevin Plank, Raise Your Game consists of 6 monthly educational “bootcamp” programs emphasizing the critical components of building successful companies.

 

The 6 primary topics of the Raise Your Game bootcamp include:

  • CEO 101 (7/25) – How to be a strong startup CEO and team leader (Kevin Plank)
  • Starting Up (8/15) – Best practices forming startups | avoiding pitfalls (Lily Bengfort)
  • Planning for Financial Success (9/19) – Financial Models, Cap. Tables (Scott Case)
  • Virtualizing Your Company (10/17) – Lean Startup approach | outsourcing (Sean Sabre)
  • Go-to-Market Strategies (11/21) – Sales, marketing, PR, channel | distribution
  • Raising Capital and Exit Roadmapping (12/19) – Lifecycle stages, financing options, exits

 

Registration can be found at: https://startupmdraiseyourgame.eventbrite.com

 

Raise Your Game is the first component of Startup Maryland’s Coaching initiative.  Coaching joins Connection, Celebration and Capital as four primary Areas of Concentration for Startup Maryland throughout 2013 and beyond.  These four guiding initiatives were officially announced at a White House reception, during which Startup Maryland highlighted past successes and future plans for Presidential advisors and officials from several government agencies.

 

“No matter whether entrepreneurs are just starting out with an idea or ready to inflect their startup into hyper-growth, Raise Your Game provides perspective and knowledge for leader-peers at all stages,” stated Michael Binko, founder and co-chair, Startup Maryland.

 

Upon successful completion of the full Raise Your Game program, graduate-CEOs will join an exclusive alumni network.  To learn more, watch the video replay of an informative Raise Your Game video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqiJG5hXI3g&feature=c4-overview&list=UUJ1CerRXLIC4zfEF5hZ97cA

 

Empowering Entrepreneur Champions

Over the past year, Startup Maryland cultivated a campaign to engage its participants as Entrepreneur Champion leaders for the Startup Maryland initiative.  Startup Maryland held a series of Champion sessions during which a Theme and Areas of Focus were identified and prioritized.  The Connection and Coaching/Mentorship aspects of building strong startup communities compliment the Celebration and Capital Access goals forming the four pillars of the Startup Maryland mission – Connection | Coaching | Celebration | Capital.

 

Looking for other startup/entrepreneur guidance and resources?  Join the Startup Maryland entrepreneurial community.  Learn more at http://startupmd.org

 

About Startup Maryland:

Startup Maryland (startupmd.org) is a regions initiative launched out of UpGlobal – an entity fostered jointly by the Case Foundation and The Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship.  Startup Maryland is an initiative FOR entrepreneurs BY entrepreneurs to bring entrepreneurial resources together, improve awareness/celebration and increase access to capital / deal flow and mentorship, while also bringing together entrepreneurs in a community of support to drive greater economic outcomes.

 

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Startup Maryland™ Selects Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as Promotional Charity

Cycle for Life Event Takes Center Stage for Promotion and Awareness

During Statewide Celebration of Entrepreneurs and Innovation

 

Startup Maryland (startupmd.org), an initiative driven By Entrepreneurs … For Entrepreneurs, today announced a teaming relationship with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to promote the CF Cycle for Life charity bike ride event during Startup Maryland’s 2013 Pitch Across Maryland Tour and Celebration of Entrepreneurship.

2013 09 01 CF Cycle for Life 2Beyond promoting the charity ride, Startup Maryland has formed Team Startup Maryland and challenges its 600+ startup members to join the team or donate here.  Additionally, Startup Maryland challenges other corporate teams to “Raise their Game” and donations in order to find a cure.

The 3rd annual CF Cycle for Life bicycle tour will be held October 20, 2013 at the picturesque Herrington Harbour Marina in Deale, MD.

“Three stellar routes (20, 40, or 60 miles) will traverse through some of the most beautiful and scenic landscape in Maryland, with many breathtaking views along the western shore of Maryland’s treasured Chesapeake Bay, stated Michael Binko, CEO of ​kloudtrack® and founder | co-chair of Startup MD.  “With plenty of well-stocked rest-stops, mechanical/vehicle/medical support along the way, the CF Cycle for Life bike ride has a “grand tour” feel and has quickly become one of the region’s best and most memorable charity gatherings and we are delighted to offer our support,” added Binko.

Over 200 cyclists will ride with over 39 Corporate, CF Family and other teams.  Individual riders are also encouraged to participate in ride.  The CF Cycle for Life culminates with a “Rolling Thunder” after-party along the water at Herrington Harbour Marina with fun BBQ prepared by Herrington on the Bay, complete with music, beer, and lots of unforgettable good times and memories.

CF Cycle for Life, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s premier cycling event, is taking place in over 40 cities to generate critical funds to fight cystic fibrosis, a fatal genetic disease,” said Marc Kantrowitz, Director of Development, for Maryland CF Cycle for Life.  “Support from organizations like Startup Maryland contribute greatly to awareness and research related to cure efforts.  The 2013 goal of CF Cycle for Life is to raise nearly $4 million nationwide for CF research, education and CF patient care.”

 

The 2013 edition of the Pitch Across Maryland is the second annual state-wide tour and celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation communities.  Referred to by FOX News affiliate WBOC-TV 16 as Opportunity on Wheels, the inaugural Pitch Across Maryland tour was an overwhelming success last year and this year’s offering is has already caused a splash with the Sept. 9 first stop on the Boardwalk in Ocean City, MD.  Check out a nice TV-news segment from WMDT ABC-47 here.  The bus will traverse the state (and the broader region) all in the name of celebrating entrepreneurship.

This year’s Pitch Across Maryland culminates with the Last Step … Innovation Celebration which will be held on September 27 on The Promenade at UNDER ARMOUR worldwide headquarters in South Baltimore.  Watch for more details related to the event which will be announced soon – tickets information can be found here.

The Pitch Across Maryland is intended to shine the spotlight on entrepreneurs, innovations and resources that exist just under the radar but have the potential to ignite the next high-growth companies.  Details on the tour stops and schedule can be found here: Pitch Across Maryland Schedule

At each stop, Startup Maryland and Tour Sponsors/Partners co-host rallies sharing information about the incredible entrepreneurial resources across the state.  Additionally, entrepreneurs are provided coaching, guidance and support from mentors and other leaders from TEDCO, DBED as well as active angel/VC investors.

About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. The Foundation funds more CF research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support. Based in Bethesda, Md., the Foundation also supports and accredits a national care center network that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease. For more information, go to www.cff.org. Cystic fibrosis affects about 30,000 adults and children in the United States and 70,000 people worldwide.  It causes debilitating lung infections that lead to premature death.   More than 10 million Americans are symptomless carries of a defective CF gene.

About Startup Maryland

Startup Maryland (startupmd.org) is a regions initiative launched out of UpGlobal – an entity fostered jointly by the Case Foundation and The Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship.  Startup Maryland is an initiative FOR entrepreneurs BY entrepreneurs to bring entrepreneurial resources together, improve awareness/celebration and increase access to capital / deal flow and mentorship, while also bringing together entrepreneurs in a community of support to drive greater economic outcomes.

Priceline Founding CTO Scott Case to Join Startup Maryland Raise Your Game as Guest-Mentor Instructor

 

Third Session of 2014 Focuses on Planning for Financial Success as an

Entrepreneur Starting a New Venture

 

Everywhere, Md.  – Startup Maryland (startupmd.org), an initiative developed BY ENTREPRENEURS … FOR ENTREPRENEURS, today announced that T. “Scott” Case, CEO of Startup America and founding CTO of Priceline will participate as the third instructor-mentor for the 2014 Raise Your Game™ entrepreneur bootcamp

 

Raise Your Game is Startup Maryland’s bootcamp initiative developed to provide the entrepreneurial community with a structured educational program and to help startup CEOs and founders understand and employ the building blocks of strong startups.  The new twist for this bootcamp is that the sessions are proctored/taught by experienced (often serial) entrepreneurs who are very well-recognized and respected.

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Timothy “Scott” Case is a technologist, entrepreneur and inventor and was founding CTO of Priceline, the “Name Your Own Price” company that was one of only a handful of startups in U.S. history to reach a billion dollars in annual sales in less than 24 months.  As Chief Technology Officer, Scott was responsible for building the technology that enabled Priceline’s hyper-growth.  More recently, Scott was named CEO and board member of the Startup America Partnership where he invested his energy to drive American entrepreneurship to create jobs and sustain our nation’s global leadership.

 

“Scott is a true entrepreneur’s … entrepreneur,” stated Michael Binko, CEO of kloudtrack® and Founder | CEO of Startup Maryland.  “Having experienced the wild ride of startup stardom first-hand Scott has since tirelessly given his time, perspective and expertise as a mentor and leader of entrepreneur-centric initiatives.”

 

Prior to joining Startup America, Scott served as CEO of Malaria No More, where he worked to inspire individuals and institutions in the private sector to end malaria deaths.  Scott is a named inventor on dozens of U.S. patents including the underlying portfolio for Priceline. He is also on the Advisory Board of By Kids for Kids, Tickets-for-Charity and ThreeJars and can be followed on Twitter: @tscottcase

 

Priceline Founding CTO Scott Case to Join Startup Maryland for “Raise Your Game” Bootcamp Session

 

Third Session Focuses on Planning for Financial Success as an

Entrepreneur Starting a New Venture

 

Everywhere, Md. (September 12, 2013) – Startup Maryland (startupmd.org), an initiative developed BY ENTREPRENEURS … FOR ENTREPRENEURS, today announced that T. “Scott” Case, CEO of Startup America and founding CTO of Priceline will participate as the third instructor-mentor for Raise Your Game

 

Raise Your Game is Startup Maryland’s bootcamp initiative developed to provide the entrepreneurial community with a structured educational program and to help startup CEOs and founders understand and employ the building blocks of strong startups.  The new twist for this bootcamp is that the sessions are proctored/taught by experienced (often serial) entrepreneurs who are very well-recognized and respected.

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Scott Case joined Kevin Plank, Mike Binko and Julie Lenzer Kirk holding ‘office hours’ on the Pitch Across Maryland in 2012. He joins the 2013 tour again in Baltimore @ Betamore stop on September 19.

Timothy “Scott” Case is a technologist, entrepreneur and inventor and was founding CTO of Priceline, the “Name Your Own Price” company that was one of only a handful of startups in U.S. history to reach a billion dollars in annual sales in less than 24 months.  As Chief Technology Officer, Scott was responsible for building the technology that enabled Priceline’s hyper-growth.  More recently, Scott was named CEO and board member of the Startup America Partnership (now UPGlobal), where he invested his energy to drive American entrepreneurship to create jobs and sustain our nation’s global leadership.

 

“Scott is a true entrepreneur’s … entrepreneur,” stated Michael Binko, CEO of kloudtrack® and founder | co-chair of Startup Maryland.  “Having experienced the wild ride of startup stardom first-hand Scott has since tirelessly given his time, perspective and expertise as a mentor and leader of entrepreneur-centric initiatives.”

 

Prior to joining Startup America, Scott served as CEO of Malaria No More, where he worked to inspire individuals and institutions in the private sector to end malaria deaths.  Scott is a named inventor on dozens of U.S. patents including the underlying portfolio for Priceline. He is also on the Advisory Board of By Kids for Kids, Tickets-for-Charity and ThreeJars and can be followed on Twitter: @tscottcase

 

A Roadmap to Raising Your Game as an Entrepreneur

Beginning with the first session which featured Under Armour founder | CEO, Kevin Plank, Raise Your Game consists of six monthly educational “bootcamp” programs emphasizing the critical components of building successful companies.

 

The 6 primary topics of the Raise Your Game bootcamp include:

  • CEO 101 (7/25) – How to be a strong startup CEO and team leader (Kevin Plank)
  • Starting Up (8/15) – Best practices | avoiding pitfalls (Lily Bengfort)
  • Planning for Financial Success (9/19) – Financials, capitalization (Scott Case)
  • Virtualizing Your Company (10/17) – Lean Startup approach | outsourcing
  • Go-to-Market Strategies (11/21) – Sales, marketing, PR, channel | distribution
  • Raising Capital and Exit Roadmapping (12/19) – Lifecycle stages, financing options, exits

 

Registration can be found at: https://startupmdraiseyourgame.eventbrite.com

 

Raise Your Game is the first component of Startup Maryland’s Coaching initiative.  Coaching joins Connection, Celebration and Capital as four primary Areas of Concentration for Startup Maryland throughout 2013 and beyond.  These four guiding initiatives were officially announced at a White House reception, during which Startup Maryland highlighted past successes and future plans for Presidential advisors and officials from several government agencies.

 

“No matter whether entrepreneurs are just starting out with an idea or ready to inflect their startup into hyper-growth, Raise Your Game provides perspective and knowledge for leader-peers at all stages across all industry sectors,” stated Julie Lenzer Kirk, Executive Director for the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship and co-chair for Startup Maryland.

 

Upon successful completion of the full Raise Your Game program, graduate-CEOs will join an exclusive alumni network.  To learn more, watch the video replay of an informative Raise Your Game webinar here http://youtu.be/8C4JVlH1fxs.

 

Looking for other startup/entrepreneur guidance and resources?  Join the Startup Maryland entrepreneurial community.  Learn more at http://startupmd.org

 

About Startup Maryland:

Startup Maryland (startupmd.org) is a regions initiative launched out of UPGlobal – an entity fostered jointly by the Case Foundation and The Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship.  Startup Maryland was forged to bring entrepreneurial resources together, improve awareness/celebration and increase access to capital / deal flow and mentorship, while also bringing together entrepreneurs in a community of support to drive economic outcomes.

 

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