The Maryland Open — It’s What Maryland Does!

Well, you’ve found it, the Maryland Open.  “What is that?!” you say.

The Maryland Open is the first of its kind competition celebrating the spirit of work-life-balance — Chesapeake Style!!


The Maryland Open


If you think you have the goods, bring your Bloody-Mary and Crab-Soup offerings to two fall football tailgates (9/12 @ University of Maryland and 9/19 @ the United States Naval Academy) for Round One of the Maryland Open.  The first step, is to Register using the Web form below.




Maryland Open: Bloody-Mary and Crab-Soup Competition

OK ... we already know Maryland does crab-cakes and football but how about Bloodies and Crab-soup. Join us during the Startup Maryland Pitch Across Maryland tour as we celebrate entrepreneurship as well as the spirit of work-life-balance. Brought to you with our friends at LAUNCH!Annapolis, the Maryland Open is intended to be a fun activity for our peers to enjoy together!
  • I would like to register for the Maryland Open. I am interested in being a candidate-participant for the above chosen competition categor(y)ies.
    Which Round One location would be your preference?
  • I understand that the Maryland Open is intended to be a fun social activity and not a cut-throat/serious competition.
  • We are asking all Maryland Open competitors to share their perspectives on Maryland Pride. So, the floor-is-your's. Tell us what you love about the Free State!


More detail can also be found in the press advisory that follow here:


Startup Maryland™ and LAUNCH! Annapolis Team to Present the

2016 Maryland Open Bloody-Mary and Crab-Soup Competitions


Pitch Across Maryland Tour Serves as Backdrop for Celebration of the

Culinary Side of Work-Life Balance


August 18, 2016: All Points, Maryland –Startup Maryland and LAUNCH! Annapolis today announced a teaming relationship under which both organizations present the Maryland Open Bloody-Mary and Crab-Soup Competitions. Contested over two rounds, the Maryland Open will be held during the Pitch Across Maryland tour and celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship.


Round One begins on Saturday, September 10 during a tailgate at the Washington College. Round One continues the following week Saturday, September 17 during a tailgate at the Frostburg University. The Final Round will be announced during the Pitch Across Maryland final tour stop at the United States Naval Academy.


“The Maryland Open was conceived as a cocktail napkin idea after a Preakness Black-Eyed Susan Day tailgate party also co-hosted by Startup Maryland and LAUNCH! Annapolis ,” stated Michael Binko, Founder of Startup Maryland. “Celebrating the spirit of work-hard, play-hard embodied by our State’s entrepreneurs, the Maryland Open is intended to be a fun and informal competition where we answer the following burning question: ‘Other than crab-cakes, football (and startups); What Else Does Maryland Do?!’”


The number of participant-candidates will be limited to the first eight (8) registered here and checked-in at each Round One location in each category – bloody-mary and crab-soup. Interested participant-candidates must BOTH register here by noon September 1, 2016 AND then check-in starting no earlier than three hours before official game-time at their preferred Round One location.   Participants will be based on a first-come/first-served basis at each Round One location.


“Whether in critical industries such as Cyber, EdTech, Sustainability, HealthIT, Bio/LifeSciences, Manufacturing or many others, or on performance stages/sports fields in our communities, Marylanders know when to fiercely compete and how to blow off a little steam,” added Ryan Sears, Founder, LAUNCH!Annapolis. “Together with our friends at Startup Maryland, we invite Maryland to Bring It!”


For more information about the Pitch Across Maryland see scheduled tour dates and tentative route locations HERE or visit


About Startup Maryland:

Startup Maryland ( 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: Celebration, Coaching, Curation and Capital while also bringing together entrepreneurs in a community of support to drive greater economic outcomes.


About LAUNCH! Annapolis

Welcome to LAUNCH! Annapolis. Where startup founders, investors and innovative thinkers come together to launch high-growth ventures in the state’s capital. The group’s purpose is to facilitate a community that supplies helpful resources such as business mentoring, media exposure and introductions between angel investors and well positioned startups. The Chesapeake Bay is a unique backdrop for our forward thinking community that provides a fusion of progress and Annapolitan lifestyle.

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