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June 16, 2010

CrowdPitch today in Towson -- and the winner is....

fist.jpgDrat!!! <clenches fist>

Somehow, the second CrowdPitch event of the year didn't make it onto my calendar -- it was today at Towson University.

I really want to see one of these events in action. They're hosted by FundingUniverse and they're meant to give really, really new startups a chance to raise some money and obtain access to business services. Here's the link to the Baltimore chapter.

From the Website:

This event will bring entrepreneurs, innovators, mentors, support providers, and investors together in an informal and energetic setting. Think ´American Idol´ — selected entrepreneurs will have 4 minutes to pitch their company to both a panel of experts & a live audience, followed immediately by a 3-minute Q&A session with the panel.
I followed some of the action belatedly on Twitter, after @nadenlean (Andy Rose) brought it to my attention.

Rose and others were avid Twitter broadcasters of the event -- take a look here. I'm still trying to figure out who won the event. Anybody who was there want to give a brief rundown in the comments?


UPDATE: Andrew Rose (@nadenlean) reports that ArtiNNet Corp. of Vienna, Va. won with its pitch for its mobile software that uses voice recognition to protect your cell phone

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Posted by Gus Sentementes at 3:36 PM | | Comments (2)
Categories: *NEWS*, Events (Baltimore area), Startups


I went to yesterday's CrowdPitch which was brought to Towson University by TowsonGlobal, a business incubator. The event was held at the Minnegan Room which was rather spacious and bright, and it was packed. The pitching companies were ArtiNNet, ilive (personalized boutique sales), Port Networks (wifi), tots2tweens (parent directory) and WintheTrophy (sports betting). Most of them gave solid, well prepared presentations and the panel gave mostly rave reviews to most of the presenters. It was definitely entertaining, the only problem was that most "pitchers" were giving presentations to customers rather than investors. But other than that, the event went on pretty smoothly.

I second Vanessa's comment. ArtiNNet (voice security for phones) won btw.

I almost didn't find out about the event, it wasn't on Baltimore's [Startup Digest] which is what I'm using now to keep tabs on all the events.

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About Gus G. Sentementes
Gus G. Sentementes (@gussent on Twitter) has been writing for The Baltimore Sun since 2000. He's covered real estate, business, prisons, and suburban and Baltimore City crime and cops. He was one of the first reporters at The Sun to use multimedia tools and Web applications -- a video camera, an iPhone -- to cover breaking news. He hopes to cover Maryland geeks and the gadgets and Web sites they build, and learn -- and share -- something new every day.

Gus has a wife, a young daughter and two feuding cats. They live in Northeast Baltimore.
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