“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 . . . !!!

2014 05 19 Maryland Daily Record (Newsmaker Binko 3 b)

Startup MD "Rocks-Out" @ PRS Guitars

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

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

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

Startup Maryland Team Briefs White House Officials

 

Maryland’s “Unfair Advantage” Unveiled as Theme for Initiatives to

Celebrate Entrepreneurs and Help Inflect their Businesses —

 
 

Startup Maryland (startupmd.org), a state-wide initiative FOR Entrepreneurs … BY Entrepreneurs, was recognized during a White House briefing that corresponds with the two-year anniversary of the Startup America Partnership, a national entrepreneurship initiative in which Startup Maryland is a leading region.


 

Startup Maryland co-chairs Julie Lenzer Kirk and Michael Binko joined officials from Startup America, entrepreneurs from other high-performing regions, as well as Maryland Entrepreneur Champions from three startups that represent the rich diversity of Maryland’s innovation economy:

  • Brian Murphy, founder/CEO of Smith Island Baking Co. (http://smithislandcake.com)
  • David Troy, CEO of 410Labs Inc. (http://www.410labs.com/#products)
  • Johnny Shockley, Co-founder, Hooper’s Island Oyster Aquaculture Co., (www.cgoysters.com)

The Startup Maryland team was invited to share how their efforts have developed over the past year, as well as to highlight the group’s themes and areas of concentration for the future – looking decades ahead.

“Startup Maryland has done an amazing job engaging young companies throughout their state, attracting more than 500 startups participants in the eight months since they launched,” stated Scott Case, CEO of Startup America Partnership. “They have set a great example for other startup communities across the country as they’ve identified the state’s biggest issues facing entrepreneurs and come up with innovative strategies to address them.”

Near the end of 2012, Startup Maryland began a campaign to engage its entrepreneur participants as Champion leaders for the Startup Maryland initiative.  With the support of the national Startup America team, Startup Maryland held a series of Champion Sessions during which Big Ideas and Areas of Focus were identified and prioritized.

“From infusing innovation into heritage industries like the Chesapeake Bay oyster fishery; to feel-good historically-rich brands like Smith Island; to the front-lines of cyber-security, cloud computing, big data and social networking, Maryland entrepreneurs are leaders, drivers and winners,” stated Binko, who also serves as president|CEO of kloudtrack®.  “Cultivating a close relationship with these entrepreneur champions and fostering mentorship, cooperation and support across this community is where Startup Maryland strives to serve and has proven its meddle to-date,” added Binko.

One of the widely recognized Startup Maryland successes in its first year was the Pitch Across Maryland a state-wide startup celebration tour and business pitch competition.

“The Pitch Across Maryland connected startups with resources including accelerators, incubators, economic dev. agencies, angel/VC investors and universities,” stated Kirk, who also serves as Executive Director of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship.

Tour stops and rallies were held across Maryland celebrating our varied startup communities and, with a mobile video studio on the bus, the tour gave startups entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their own business in their own words.

“Startup Maryland is making a strong impact across the state.  Whether it is the Pitch Across Maryland or the cultivation of our Champion leaders, being recognized by Startup America and thought leaders from the White House and U.S. government gives us validation and lets us know we are on the right track,” added Kirk.

During the year-end sessions, Champions were asked to step-up and take ownership of the Startup Maryland initiatives in order to make them work for their own companies and to ensure Startup Maryland actually stays attentive to what they need.  Four Areas of Concentration and one Main Theme emerged after sessions with more than 40 Champions.

The four Areas of Concentration centered on what Champions felt Startup Maryland should be doing with and for entrepreneurs.  These focal areas included: Connection, Celebration, Coaching and Capital.  Broad details related to future plans for each of these four areas will be announced today at the White House and in more depth together with partners, the Startup Maryland Champions and broader stakeholder communities over the coming weeks.

The Main Theme has to do with an Unfair Advantage Maryland affords to entrepreneurs looking to birth and grow high-potential startups.  While the Unfair Advantage is essentially a conceptual perspective it is grounded in the fact that Maryland boasts a cadre of almost unmatched resources that have fueled rich startups and innovations for decades.

With active counties, universities, accelerators and innovation partners like Maryland TEDCO and the state’s Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED), Startup Maryland is  working together with entrepreneurs to strengthen Maryland’s economic fabric while fostering an economic climate where the most promising companies can leverage the state’s Unfair Advantage in order to inflect and thrive.

“These connective efforts are core traits that we strongly encourage and nurture among all of the Startup America regions,” concluded Case.

About Startup Maryland:

Startup Maryland (startupmd.org) is a regions initiative launched out of the Startup America Partnership (www.S.co).  It is a state-wide initiative FOR entrepreneurs BY entrepreneurs to bring entrepreneurial resources together, increase access to resources / capital / deal flow and boost awareness, while also bringing together entrepreneurs in a community of support to drive greater economic outcomes.

About the Startup America Partnership:

The Startup America Partnership (www.s.co) is a growing national movement of thousands of founders, experts and resources providing startups access to the corporations, investors, and services they need to grow. Launched in early 2011, the Partnership brings together startups and local champions from around the country focused on creating successful networks for young, high-growth companies to thrive. AOL co-founder Steve Case chairs the Partnership and the Kauffman and Case Foundations are its founding partners.

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Startup Maryland and CoFoundersLab Team to Help Entrepreneurs Connect and Build Stronger Startups

Branded Startup Maryland TeamFinder Portal Unveiled to Help Founders Connect With Others to Build Startup Teams

 

Everywhere, Md. (February 11, 2013) – Startup Maryland (startupmd.org), a state-wide initiative FOR Entrepreneurs…BY Entrepreneurs, today announced a partnership with CoFoundersLab (www.cofounderslab.com) to provide the Maryland entrepreneur community with a free way to find a co-founder/business partner.  To meet this need Startup Maryland and CoFoundersLab combined efforts and brands to develop a TeamFinder portal – which is also unveiled today as a new Resource at: http://startupmd.org/buildmyteam/

 

The branded TeamFinder portal is the first component of Startup Maryland’s Connection initiative.  Connection joins Celebration, Coaching and Capital as four primary Areas of Concentration for Startup Maryland throughout 2013 and beyond.  These four guiding initiatives were officially announced last week at a White House reception during which Startup Maryland highlighted past successes and future plans for Presidential advisors and officials from several government agencies. (See Empowering Entrepreneur Champions below for more detail)

 

“A great team is critical to startup success yet good co-founders and management team candidates are often difficult to find for resource-strapped entrepreneurs,” stated Michael P. Binko, Startup Maryland co-chair and CEO of kloudtrack®. “Startup Maryland is dedicated to helping our entrepreneur community solve this challenge and the TeamFinder portal directly addresses the need with an innovative, free and easy-to-use solution,” Julie Lenzer Kirk, Startup Maryland co-chair and Executive Director of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE).

 

Whether entrepreneurs are just starting out with an idea and looking for their first co-founder or are a few years into a startup and looking for that third or fourth executive the Startup Maryland TeamFinder portal is now the “go-to tool” to find that key team member to help inflect a startup.

 

“While the Startup Maryland TeamFinder has specific features tailored to needs of their community the best part is that TeamFinder also integrates with the full CoFoundersLab database of thousands of entrepreneurs,” stated Shahab Kaviani, co-founder of CoFoundersLab and Startup Maryland Champion.

 

“TeamFinder allows extensive search and filter capabilities to narrow the search down to co-founder candidates with specific criteria, such as those people whom have certain skills, are part of specific communities (co-working spaces, accelerators, etc.), and have complementary entrepreneur personalities,” added Kaviani.

 

Empowering Entrepreneur Champions

Near the end of 2012, Startup Maryland began a campaign to engage its participants as Entrepreneur Champion leaders for the Startup Maryland initiative.  With the support of the national Startup America team, Startup Maryland held a series of Champion sessions during which Big Ideas, a Theme and Areas of Focus were identified and prioritized.  The connective 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.

 

With active universities, accelerators, economic development agencies and innovation partners like Maryland TEDCO and the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED), Startup Maryland is concentrating on the entrepreneur communities to strengthen Maryland’s economic fabric while fostering a climate where the most promising companies can help each other while leveraging the state’s Unfair Advantage in order to inflect and thrive.

 

Looking for a co-founder?

 

Join the Startup Maryland entrepreneurial community and find your co-founder today on the Startup Maryland TeamFinder portal!

 

Additional information and a detailed walk-through demonstration of the Startup Maryland TeamFinder portal is also available on the Startup Maryland YouTube site here http://youtu.be/hPycrCt796w

 

About CoFoundersLab:

CoFoundersLab is the largest online community of entrepreneurs looking for a co-founder. CoFoundersLab partners with organizations and universities across the country to provide a co-branded, co-founder matching resource for their communities.  Startup Maryland joins the ranks of some of the top entrepreneur organizations, universities, and many others as a proud CoFoundersLab partner, dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship and business creation in their community.

 

Check out the CoFoundersLab blog for news, updates, and success stories of entrepreneurs who have found a co-founder on a CoFoundersLab-powered matching platform.  Successful matches in the region include LegCyte, a legislative technology company accepted into D.C.’s first startup accelerator, The Fort, and Kithly, a Maryland startup accepted into Baltimore-based incubator ETC Baltimore.

 

About Startup Maryland:

Startup Maryland (startupmd.org) is a regions initiative launched out of the Startup America Partnership (www.S.co).  It is a state-wide initiative FOR entrepreneurs BY entrepreneurs to bring entrepreneurial resources together, increase access to resources / capital / deal flow and boost awareness, while also bringing together entrepreneurs in a community of support to drive greater economic outcomes.

 

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Startup Maryland and CoFoundersLab Team to Help Entrepreneurs Connect and Build Stronger Startups

 

Branded Startup Maryland TeamFinder Portal Unveiled to Help Founders Connect With Others to Build Startup Teams

 

Everywhere, Md. (February 11, 2013) – Startup Maryland (startupmd.org), a state-wide initiative FOR Entrepreneurs…BY Entrepreneurs, today announced a partnership with CoFoundersLab (www.cofounderslab.com) to provide the Maryland entrepreneur community with a free way to find a co-founder/business partner.  To meet this need Startup Maryland and CoFoundersLab combined efforts and brands to develop a TeamFinder portal – which is also unveiled today as a new Resource at: http://startupmd.org/buildmyteam/

 

The branded TeamFinder portal is the first component of Startup Maryland’s Connection initiative.  Connection joins Celebration, Coaching and Capital as four primary Areas of Concentration for Startup Maryland throughout 2013 and beyond.  These four guiding initiatives were officially announced last week at a White House reception during which Startup Maryland highlighted past successes and future plans for Presidential advisors and officials from several government agencies. (See Empowering Entrepreneur Champions below for more detail)

 

“A great team is critical to startup success yet good co-founders and management team candidates are often difficult to find for resource-strapped entrepreneurs,” stated Michael P. Binko, Startup Maryland co-chair and CEO of kloudtrack®. “Startup Maryland is dedicated to helping our entrepreneur community solve this challenge and the TeamFinder portal directly addresses the need with an innovative, free and easy-to-use solution,” Julie Lenzer Kirk, Startup Maryland co-chair and Executive Director of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE).

 

Whether entrepreneurs are just starting out with an idea and looking for their first co-founder or are a few years into a startup and looking for that third or fourth executive the Startup Maryland TeamFinder portal is now the “go-to tool” to find that key team member to help inflect a startup.

 

“While the Startup Maryland TeamFinder has specific features tailored to needs of their community the best part is that TeamFinder also integrates with the full CoFoundersLab database of thousands of entrepreneurs,” stated Shahab Kaviani, co-founder of CoFoundersLab and Startup Maryland Champion.

 

“TeamFinder allows extensive search and filter capabilities to narrow the search down to co-founder candidates with specific criteria, such as those people whom have certain skills, are part of specific communities (co-working spaces, accelerators, etc.), and have complementary entrepreneur personalities,” added Kaviani.

 

Empowering Entrepreneur Champions

Near the end of 2012, Startup Maryland began a campaign to engage its participants as Entrepreneur Champion leaders for the Startup Maryland initiative.  With the support of the national Startup America team, Startup Maryland held a series of Champion sessions during which Big Ideas, a Theme and Areas of Focus were identified and prioritized.  The connective 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.

 

With active universities, accelerators, economic development agencies and innovation partners like Maryland TEDCO and the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED), Startup Maryland is concentrating on the entrepreneur communities to strengthen Maryland’s economic fabric while fostering a climate where the most promising companies can help each other while leveraging the state’s Unfair Advantage in order to inflect and thrive.

 

Looking for a co-founder?

 

Join the Startup Maryland entrepreneurial community and find your co-founder today on the Startup Maryland TeamFinder portal!

 

Additional information and a detailed walk-through demonstration of the Startup Maryland TeamFinder portal is also available on the Startup Maryland YouTube site here http://youtu.be/hPycrCt796w

 

About CoFoundersLab:

CoFoundersLab is the largest online community of entrepreneurs looking for a co-founder. CoFoundersLab partners with organizations and universities across the country to provide a co-branded, co-founder matching resource for their communities.  Startup Maryland joins the ranks of some of the top entrepreneur organizations, universities, and many others as a proud CoFoundersLab partner, dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship and business creation in their community.

 

Check out the CoFoundersLab blog for news, updates, and success stories of entrepreneurs who have found a co-founder on a CoFoundersLab-powered matching platform.  Successful matches in the region include LegCyte, a legislative technology company accepted into D.C.’s first startup accelerator, The Fort, and Kithly, a Maryland startup accepted into Baltimore-based incubator ETC Baltimore.

 

About Startup Maryland:

Startup Maryland (startupmd.org) is a regions initiative launched out of the Startup America Partnership (www.S.co).  It is a state-wide initiative FOR entrepreneurs BY entrepreneurs to bring entrepreneurial resources together, increase access to resources / capital / deal flow and boost awareness, while also bringing together entrepreneurs in a community of support to drive greater economic outcomes.

 

# # #

Startup Maryland Team Briefs White House Officials

Maryland’s “Unfair Advantage” Unveiled as Theme for Initiatives to

Celebrate Entrepreneurs and Help Inflect their Businesses —

 
 

Startup Maryland (startupmd.org), a state-wide initiative FOR Entrepreneurs … BY Entrepreneurs, was recognized during a White House briefing that corresponds with the two-year anniversary of the Startup America Partnership, a national entrepreneurship initiative in which Startup Maryland is a leading region.

Startup Maryland co-chairs Julie Lenzer Kirk and Michael Binko joined officials from Startup America, entrepreneurs from other high-performing regions, as well as Maryland Entrepreneur Champions from three startups that represent the rich diversity of Maryland’s innovation economy:

  • Brian Murphy, founder/CEO of Smith Island Baking Co. (http://smithislandcake.com)
  • David Troy, CEO of 410Labs Inc. (http://www.410labs.com/#products)
  • Johnny Shockley, Co-founder, Hooper’s Island Oyster Aquaculture Co., (www.cgoysters.com)

The Startup Maryland team was invited to share how their efforts have developed over the past year, as well as to highlight the group’s themes and areas of concentration for the future – looking decades ahead.

“Startup Maryland has done an amazing job engaging young companies throughout their state, attracting more than 500 startups participants in the eight months since they launched,” stated Scott Case, CEO of Startup America Partnership. “They have set a great example for other startup communities across the country as they’ve identified the state’s biggest issues facing entrepreneurs and come up with innovative strategies to address them.”

Near the end of 2012, Startup Maryland began a campaign to engage its entrepreneur participants as Champion leaders for the Startup Maryland initiative.  With the support of the national Startup America team, Startup Maryland held a series of Champion Sessions during which Big Ideas and Areas of Focus were identified and prioritized.

“From infusing innovation into heritage industries like the Chesapeake Bay oyster fishery; to feel-good historically-rich brands like Smith Island; to the front-lines of cyber-security, cloud computing, big data and social networking, Maryland entrepreneurs are leaders, drivers and winners,” stated Binko, who also serves as president|CEO of kloudtrack®.  “Cultivating a close relationship with these entrepreneur champions and fostering mentorship, cooperation and support across this community is where Startup Maryland strives to serve and has proven its meddle to-date,” added Binko.

One of the widely recognized Startup Maryland successes in its first year was the Pitch Across Maryland a state-wide startup celebration tour and business pitch competition.

“The Pitch Across Maryland connected startups with resources including accelerators, incubators, economic dev. agencies, angel/VC investors and universities,” stated Kirk, who also serves as Executive Director of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship.

Tour stops and rallies were held across Maryland celebrating our varied startup communities and, with a mobile video studio on the bus, the tour gave startups entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their own business in their own words.

“Startup Maryland is making a strong impact across the state.  Whether it is the Pitch Across Maryland or the cultivation of our Champion leaders, being recognized by Startup America and thought leaders from the White House and U.S. government gives us validation and lets us know we are on the right track,” added Kirk.

During the year-end sessions, Champions were asked to step-up and take ownership of the Startup Maryland initiatives in order to make them work for their own companies and to ensure Startup Maryland actually stays attentive to what they need.  Four Areas of Concentration and one Main Theme emerged after sessions with more than 40 Champions.

The four Areas of Concentration centered on what Champions felt Startup Maryland should be doing with and for entrepreneurs.  These focal areas included: Connection, Celebration, Coaching and Capital.  Broad details related to future plans for each of these four areas will be announced today at the White House and in more depth together with partners, the Startup Maryland Champions and broader stakeholder communities over the coming weeks.

The Main Theme has to do with an Unfair Advantage Maryland affords to entrepreneurs looking to birth and grow high-potential startups.  While the Unfair Advantage is essentially a conceptual perspective it is grounded in the fact that Maryland boasts a cadre of almost unmatched resources that have fueled rich startups and innovations for decades.

With active counties, universities, accelerators and innovation partners like Maryland TEDCO and the state’s Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED), Startup Maryland is  working together with entrepreneurs to strengthen Maryland’s economic fabric while fostering an economic climate where the most promising companies can leverage the state’s Unfair Advantage in order to inflect and thrive.

“These connective efforts are core traits that we strongly encourage and nurture among all of the Startup America regions,” concluded Case.

About Startup Maryland:

Startup Maryland (startupmd.org) is a regions initiative launched out of the Startup America Partnership (www.S.co).  It is a state-wide initiative FOR entrepreneurs BY entrepreneurs to bring entrepreneurial resources together, increase access to resources / capital / deal flow and boost awareness, while also bringing together entrepreneurs in a community of support to drive greater economic outcomes.

About the Startup America Partnership:

The Startup America Partnership (www.s.co) is a growing national movement of thousands of founders, experts and resources providing startups access to the corporations, investors, and services they need to grow. Launched in early 2011, the Partnership brings together startups and local champions from around the country focused on creating successful networks for young, high-growth companies to thrive. AOL co-founder Steve Case chairs the Partnership and the Kauffman and Case Foundations are its founding partners.

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Startup Maryland Announces … Fosterly’s Internship Matching Initiative

Looking for an intern(ship)? 

Are you a startup or entrepreneurial organization in need of interns? Are you a student looking for an exceptional internship experience? Foster.ly is here to help.

A great internship can be transformative for both your organization and the intern. The key, however, is finding the right fit…

That’s why we’ve partnered with American University, Georgetown University, George Mason University, George Washington University, Howard University, University of Maryland, Virginia Tech and Brazen Careerist to streamline this difficult process.

Save time. Save money. Find your perfect fit.

                                CLICK HERE TO APPLY
                                                                                                                                               
Host A Workshop at D.O.F 2013

Day of Foster.ly is returning on May 4th and we want you to be a part of it! New this year, D.O.F. will include intimate (20-30 people) workshops providing highly focused opportunities to learn from subject matter experts.

Want to share your knowledge and get paid to do it? Contact frankt@foster.ly to propose a workshop.

FREE book from Brad Feld!
Thanks to the partnership between BookShout! and Foster.ly, we’re giving away 25 FREE digital copies of Brad Feld’s new book Startup Communities.

The first 25 people to create a BookShout! account and send an email to promos@bookshout.com will get a free copy!

DBED and Startup Maryland Jointly Host Webinar on InvestMaryland as a National Best Practice

BALTIMORE, MD (January 15, 2013) – The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) and Startup Maryland today hosted a webinar on the State’s InvestMaryland initiative as a national best practice for other states to model.

The webinar provided information on the creation and implementation of the $84 million program that is fueling Maryland’s Innovation Economy by investing in start-up companies. Outgoing DBED Secretary Christian S. Johansson joined Michael Binko, CEO of kloudtrack and Startup Maryland Co-Chair for the webinar discussion for entrepreneurs and startup communities nationwide. To access a replay of the webinar, click the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJUDTnBNADw.

“Fostering entrepreneurship is critical to the success of every state in this increasingly competitive and global innovation economy,” said Secretary Johansson. “InvestMaryland is providing essential early stage capital for Maryland’s best and brightest young companies and is part of the State’s runway to success that supports startups as they mature through innovation to commercialization to company formation to job creation.”

“Stakeholder mobilization is one of the more subtle yet critical factors in building awareness and buy-in for public-private venture fund programs like InvestMaryland and the Venture Fund,” Binko said. “Governor O’Malley and DBED worked closely with the full spectrum of innovation communities to inform and engage them in the initiative.”

The webinar was held as part of the national Startup America Partnership’s effort to spread successful entrepreneurial support policies and programs across the country.  The largest venture capital investment initiative in Maryland’s history, InvestMaryland was tapped by Startup America for the organization’s “Ideas Center,” a collection of economic development best practices from around the United States.

“Startup America created the Ideas Center as a place where our Region Champions can share the most promising practices being employed to build strong and sustainable startup communities around the United States,” said Donna Harris, Managing Director for the Startup America Partnership. “The recent InvestMaryland/Maryland Venture Fund initiative has become widely recognized as one of the most successful and creative public-private venture capital programs in recent years. We are delighted to have Startup Maryland and Maryland DBED discuss in detail just how the effort was accomplished.”

“Access to capital is a concern many states and communities are tackling,” Harris added. “Broad awareness of these types of trailblazing ideas will benefit other Startup America Regions looking to increase capital flow and rally entrepreneur resources in their own communities.”

Created by Governor Martin O’Malley and passed by the General Assembly in 2011, InvestMaryland is now being administered through the Maryland Venture Fund Authority and DBED. In March, the State raised $84 million for the program through an online auction of tax credits to Maryland insurance companies.

Two-thirds of the InvestMaryland funds will be managed by carefully screened private venture firms that will invest the funds with a commitment to return, if successful, 100% of the principal and 80% of the profits to the State’s general fund. The remaining third will be invested by the state-run Maryland Venture Fund.

Since signing its first deal in September, InvestMaryland has invested more than $1.8 million directly in Maryland companies and allocated another $12 million to Grotech Ventures to invest on behalf of the state.

About the Startup America Partnership

The Startup America Partnership is a growing national movement of thousands of founders, experts and resources providing startups access to the corporations, investors, and services they need to grow. Launched in early 2011, the Partnership brings together startups and local champions from around the country focused on creating successful networks for young, high-growth companies to thrive. AOL co-founder Steve Case chairs the Partnership and the Kauffman and Case Foundations are its founding partners. American Airlines, American Express OPEN, Dell Inc., Intuit Inc., Microsoft and NYSE Euronext are corporate sponsors. For more information on the Partnership, visit http://www.s.co and follow us at www.twitter.com/startupamerica and www.facebook.com/startupamerica.

About Startup Maryland

Startup Maryland (http://startupmd.org) is a regional initiative launched out of the Startup America Partnership (http://www.S.co). It is a state-wide initiative FOR entrepreneurs BY entrepreneurs to bring resources together, increase access to capital / deal flow and boost awareness / celebration, while also bringing together entrepreneurs in a community of support to drive greater economic outcomes.

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Contacts:

Maryland DBED

Karen Glenn Hood

kglennhood@choosemaryland.org

www.choosemaryland.org
Startup Maryland Michael Binko/Julie Lenzer Kirk info@startupmd.org startupmd.org

 

CoFoundersLab Wins 2012 Startup Maryland "Pitch Across Maryland" Competition

Eight Finalists Vied for Top Spot at Maryland Entrepreneur Expo

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

CoFoundersLab’s winning video can be viewed here.

Woofound’s video can be viewed here.

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

The Challenge will award a $100,000 top prize in three categories: life sciences; IT (hardware and software); and general business. In addition, all InvestMaryland applicants will have the opportunity to pitch their business to top venture capital firms and angel investors, and will be given access to resources like incubator space and legal and other services. Applications are being accepted now through December 13.  For more information or to apply, visit 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 (Washington DC) Covers 2012 Pitch Across Maryland Bus and Tour

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

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