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.”

2015 09 14 STRT1UP Poster (JPG draft 1) (1)At each STRT1UP Road Show tour stop, Tour Partners/Sponsors host rallies sharing information about their entrepreneurial ecosystems across the state.  Entrepreneurs are provided coaching, guidance and support from business mentors and other leaders from academia, incubators/accelerators, economic development agencies, service providers as well as active angel/VC investors.

 

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 
Diversity of Maryland Innovation Shines at the 

Startup Maryland  

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.

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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.

 

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.

CoFoundersLab Wins 2012 Startup 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, 2013, 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 www.investmarylandchallenge.org

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 (CBS) Covers 2012 Pitch Across Maryland Tour

WUSA TV-9 ran a nice news segment on the 2012 Startup Maryland — Pitch Across Maryland tour and celebration of entrepreneurship.

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