If there's one thing entrepreneurs like to do, it's network. And Maryland's entrepreneurs are apparently about to get that in a big way this November. The state's technology development entity, TEDCO, is spearheading the first Entrepreneur Expo on Monday, Nov. 14, at the BWI Airport Marriott in Linthicum Heights.
The event is taking place during the worldwide Global Entrepreneurship Week. [Registration is $99. More details here.]
The event has the title of "Harnessing the Power of Innovation in Maryland."
The first quote in the official press release today is from Gov. Martin O'Malley ("Entrepreneurship is part of the engine of our state's economy"), who has seized job creation through technology as one of his economic goals. [Remember O'Malley's InvestMaryland initiative passed earlier this year in the General Assembly, which pumps $70 million into tech startups around Maryland?
So, based on the agenda and the "about" page on the expo's site, we can expect an event filled with budding entrepreneurs, potential investors, legislators, university officials and federal lab officials, to name a few. Hit the jump for the full press release:
COLUMBIA, Md. (August 16, 2011) – The Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) announced today that it has partnered with key organizations and stakeholders to lead the creation of the first state-wide Entrepreneur Expo, “Harnessing the Power of Innovation in Maryland.” The large-scale expo will feature dynamic conference programming, including the curation of activities by BETASCAPE, whose mission is to explore the intersection of art and technology. Taking place Monday, November 14 at the BWI Airport Marriott in Linthicum Heights, the full-day event will provide informational and educational tracks and a platform for entrepreneurs to share ideas and cultivate important relationships and connections. The Entrepreneur Expo has been selected as one of 10 featured events in the country during Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 14 – 20) by Unleashing Ideas, the organization coordinating the national week of observance.
“Entrepreneurship is part of the engine of our State’s economy,” said Governor O’Malley. “I am pleased that TEDCO will host the first state-wide Entrepreneur Expo to spur innovation and discovery – opening the door of opportunity for Maryland businesses.”
The conference agenda will cover a variety of programming and multi-format sessions through four tracks: Mentoring/Advising, Special Business Topics, Technology Transfer and Commercialization, and Financing. “The Marketplace,” a unique component of the Expo, will feature entrepreneurial innovations, exhibits from various stakeholders in the entrepreneur community, and a “Town Square” that will serve as staging for interactive programming throughout the day. Another feature of the Expo will be the “Meet Your Mentor” session, a one-on-one opportunity for entrepreneurs to talk to 50-plus service providers and entrepreneurial support organizations on issues directly affecting their businesses. Bryan Sivak, Maryland’s Chief Innovation Officer, is a confirmed keynote speaker and will facilitate a special panel discussion with entrepreneurs.
The expo will also feature an “Entrepreneurial Launch Pad” session where companies can pitch their products and services for potential investment. Pitches will be lightening fast and the audience will vote for the most valuable pitch. The three companies receiving the most votes will win a cash prize. Interested participants will be able to apply for participation in the Entrepreneurial Launch Pad session during the Expo.
“The Entrepreneur Expo is a first-of-its kind event for Maryland. Different than traditional conference models, this event will be dynamic and serve to facilitate productive and candid conversations among our state’s entrepreneurs,” said Rob Rosenbaum, president and executive director of TEDCO. “TEDCO is proud to play a role in the development of this important day, and we look forward to an excellent turnout in the event’s inaugural year.”
For more information about the Expo, to register for the event or become a volunteer, please visit www.innovatemd.com.
The Entrepreneur Expo: Harnessing the Power of Innovation in Maryland is the first large-scale conference dedicated to promoting and celebrating the key to Maryland’s entrepreneurs, the key to its innovation economy. The Conference will take place on Monday, November 14, 2011 at the BWI Airport Marriott in Linthicum Heights, Md. Led by the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), the coordinating group is the Entrepreneur Expo Leadership Team (EELT) and includes: Association for Corporate Growth, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, Federal Lab Consortium (FLC) and FLC Mid-Atlantic Region, Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC), Greater Baltimore Technology Council (GBTC), Johns Hopkins University (JHU), Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA), Maryland Business Incubation Association (MBIA), Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED), Morgan State University (MSU), Entrepreneur Development Assistance Center, National Council of Entrepreneurial Technology Transfer, Springboard Enterprises, Technology Council of Maryland (TCM), and the University System of Maryland. For more information, visit www.innovatemd.com. Sponsor and exhibit opportunities are available.
The Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), an independent entity, was established by the Maryland General Assembly in 1998 to facilitate the creation of businesses and foster their growth in all regions of the State. TEDCO's role is to be Maryland's leading source of funding for seed capital and entrepreneurial business assistance for the development, transfer and commercialization of technology. TEDCO connects emerging technology companies with federal laboratories, research universities, business incubators and specialized technical assistance. TEDCO was recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine for being the most active seed/early-stage investor in the nation for five consecutive years from 2003-2008 (the last year of the survey) and is a recipient of the national Excellence in Technology-Based Economic Development award from the State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI) for the Maryland Technology Transfer and Commercialization Fund (MTTCF) program. For more information on TEDCO and its programs and resources, visit www.MarylandTEDCO.org.
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