STRT1UP Road Show Coming to Charles County on July 18

Published Thursday, June 29, 2017

Local entrepreneurship advocates and Startup Maryland are bringing the Pitch Across Maryland, STRT1UP Road Show to Charles County.  The event will be held on Tuesday, July 18, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Legends Club at Regency Stadium (11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf). This year marks the sixth annual statewide STRT1UP Road Show tour.                                                  

The program is an opportunity for technology businesses, start-ups, and anyone interested in innovation to pitch ideas, network, and learn about Southern Maryland organizations that support business growth and development. Charles County will be hosting the first event held for the Southern Maryland region.

“We’re excited to be hosting STRT1UP Road Show this year,” said Charles County Economic Development Department Director Darréll Brown. “We are encouraged by the regional collaboration to bring the event here and grow the area’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

During the event, entrepreneurs are invited to climb on the Startup Maryland bus and pitch their idea or business in a mobile video studio. Videos are uploaded to YouTube and then open to public viewing/voting, allowing the entrepreneurs, sponsors, investors, and tour hosts to activate social networks for even broader awareness and celebration.  Entrepreneurs are provided coaching, guidance, and support from business mentors and other leaders from academia, incubators/accelerators, economic development agencies, and service providers, as well as active angel investors.

This year’s STRT1UP Road Show stop in Charles County is a collaboration of the Southern Maryland region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem partners, including: Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary’s County Economic Development Departments; Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO); Southern Maryland Innovation and Technology (SMIT); and the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.

“SMIT [Southern Maryland Innovation and Tech] has always been regional, and we’re happy to now be working with all three Southern Maryland counties to host the Startup Maryland STRT1UP Roadshow as a region,” said Kim Mozingo, the Energetics Technology Center’s manager of Technology Business Growth and the TechFire incubation program. “Partnering with the Blue Crabs is a first and will add a new spin on ‘pitching.’”

For more information about the event and to register to pitch your business idea, contact Kim Mozingo at 301-645-6637, ext. 711 or kmozingo@etcmd.com, or visit https://startupmd.typeform.com/to/cMTP0f. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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