Startup Maryland Announces Stage 2 for the 2017 STRT1UP Roadshow

Startup Maryland™ Announces Stage Two of the


STRT1UP Roadshow | Pitch Across Maryland Tour 

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, MTC Summer Picnic, Seat Pleasant Kevin Durant Day and The Maryland Association of Counties Highlight Summertime Spotlight!


July 14, 2017 Today Startup Maryland announced dates and the route for Stage Two (4th of July through Labor Day) of the STRT1UP Roadshow, the state-wide tour and celebration of entrepreneurship and high-growth innovative startup ventures.  The STRT1UP Roadshow continues with Stage Three from Labor Day until November and then culminating with the Pitch Across Maryland / STRT1UP Showcase event in early 2018.

The Stage Two kick-off event is being hosted on the afternoon of July 18 at Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Regency Furniture Stadium. Prior to the baseball match, several entrepreneur sessions will be held including a Raise Your Game mini-bootcamp on CEO Pitch Coaching, a session on Benefits in Uncertain Times and an introduction to Angel Academy.

The SoMD tour stop is open to the public, however, registration is required. Details and additional information can be found here: EventBrite Link.

“The Southern Maryland regional entrepreneurial ecosystem, comprised of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties and entrepreneurs from across the SoMD region have come together to host this event embodying the collaborative spirit Startup Maryland strives to encourage as a main tenet of its Ecosystem Model,” stated Michael Binko, Founder | CEO, Startup Maryland.

The 2017 Schedule is Filling FAST!! 
  • Ecosystem Partners and Sponsors interested in learning more about how the STRT1UP Roadshow supports economic/workforce/venture development, marketing awareness/branding and community engagement efforts are encouraged to contact Startup Maryland Ecosystem Director, Mike Venezia @

As a reminder, approximately 10-15 Pitch Across Maryland video pitch slots are available for each tour stop — so space is limited. Registration for the Pitch Across Maryland competition is required to participate and to receive the free video after the competition. The registration link can be found here: Pitch Registration Link

Later in Stage Two, in partnership with the Maryland Tech Council, the STRT1UP Roadshow will visit the MTC Summer Picnic and also with MTC, the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), other ecoSTARTsystem partner/sponsors Startup Maryland will be co-facilitating a Technology Showcase and STRT1UP Roadshow and Pitch Across Maryland tour stops and a Voice of Innovation session at the MACo Annual Summer Conference. At this tour stop, entrepreneurs, innovators, and municipalities can come together around finding effective means to grow industries and celebrate successful entrepreneurs.

Also in Stage 2, Startup Maryland with be joining with Innovation Village and the Town of Seat Pleasant, MD for a STRT1UP Showcase tour stop during the Kevin Durant Day celebration. Watch for more details on this unique community celebration.

Below Find a Snapshot of These STRT1UP Roadshow Stage 2 Tour Stops: 

Startup Maryland looks forward to continuing the engagement of entrepreneurs and champions in efforts to build the strongest entrepreneurial ecosystem in the country.

A Sampling of Details, Key Data and Results from the STRT1UP Roadshow Follow:

  • More than 1500 Startup Maryland companies engaged to-date
  • 38 tour stops in 2016; 42 in 2015; 35 in 2014; 32 in 2013; 25 in 2012
  • The Pitch Across Maryland Competition is composed of four categories of recognition
    • Great Eight / Overall Winner
    • Fan Favorite
    • Champions’ Choice
    • Industry Innovators (CyberSecurity, Manufacturing, and Rural Innovations)
  • 2016 Pitch Across Maryland video playlists can be found here:
  • Startup Maryland teamed with Spark Baltimore to host the national Startup Champions Network Fall Summit in Baltimore during the 2016 tour convening leading national ecosystem builders around the theme of Inclusive Entrepreneurship
  • More than 75 “Rock Star” tour sponsors/partners including (universities, economic development agencies, angel/VC investors, incubators/accelerators, affinity brand owners, service providers)
  • Months of media coverage and press impressions; ad-rate value over $3 million
  • Startup Maryland and WithTheFilm unveiled a documentary film entitled STRT1UP: Venturing Through the Land of Pleasant Living about the Road Show during the Santa Barbara Film Festival
  • Startup Maryland was asked by other national startup ecosystem builders to discuss how the STRT1UP Road Show helps cultivate strong startup communities sharing details at the SCN Spring Summit in Santa Barbara, CA
For more information see scheduled STRT1UP Road Show tour dates and tentative route locations below or visit for regular updates: