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Aspiring entrepreneurs make their pitch

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Pitchers and event organizers pose in front of the Startup MD bus at All American Harley Davidson in Hughesville.

Hughesville and Lexington Park, MD -- The bus pulled into Southern Maryland Sept. 17 looking for pitchers. The lot wasn‘t filled with baseball scouts. The Startup Maryland folks were looking for budding entrepreneurs ready to pitch their business ideas. With stops at All American Harley Davidson in Hughesville and Elements Eatery in Lexington Park they got an interesting range of ideas from almost a dozen enterprising individuals.

Startup Maryland Founder/CEO Michael Binko (shown at left) explained at the Hughesville stop that the “Pitch Across Maryland” bus spends about three weeks a year traveling around the state, making about two stops a day. Here’s how it works: the bus is equipped with a TV studio; pitchers make their proposal pitch to the camera and its recorder; in October the pitches are posted on You Tube and also judged by a panel of experts; eight finalists are selected to compete in the Invest Maryland Challenge in November with a $100,000 1st place cash prize; the top three most viewed You Tube showings are awarded a Fan Favorite prize.

Binko said, “Nothing tells your story like you do,”” in explaining the value of the verbal presentations to the camera. He said the overall winner is chosen based on “which one has the best potential for high growth."

The Charles County event was sponsored by TechFire in partnership with Charles County Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development and Hughesville Business and Civic Alliance. It was organized by Kim Mozingo. There website is: http://www.techfirenetwork.com/

The St. Mary’s event was sponsored by Southern Maryland Innovation and Technology (SMIT). It was organized by Robin Finnacom. There website is http://www.meetup.com/Southern-Maryland-Innovation-and-Tech/

The following are some of the local pitchers in Pitch Across Maryland.
• Gail Schell of Schell-Tech Solutions of Waldorf pitched her woman’s, minority-owned, veterans IT consulting business.
• Harry Brown of Waldorf presented his mobile ape called Flier.
• Rebecca Lesko of California pitched her uniquely designed, hidden security system intended for use in public places.
• Temi Akinwami of Waldorf presented her cyber security system.
• Michael Steele pitched his equipment used to modify motorcycles.
• Brian Jordan of Hollywood explained his prosthetic fingers (he was the winner of a previous local event called Crab Pot Pitch).
• Elijah Holmes pitched his Luxury Limousine LLC business which will transport people from Southern Maryland to the MGM casino at National Harbor. Holmes parked his first limo outside Elements for everyone to see.
• Rob Plant, owner of Elements, presents plans to purchase land to grow products to be used at his restaurant.
• Ben Solomon, CEO/Co-Founder of Hiperion Technologies, presented plans for expansion of his business.

Everyone is encouraged to check out the You Tube presentations of the pitchers as that is a way for them to amass votes for the Fan favorite awards.

Contact Dick Myers at dick.myers@thebaynet.com

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