Back in September, a brightly-colored "Startup Bus" toured Maryland, encouraging entrepreneurs to come out of the woodwork to put together business plans and pitch their startup ideas.
These are the faces of Maryland's entrepreneurs. They recorded these videos as part of a "Pitch Across Maryland" competition. As part of the competition, the "pitchers" with the most Youtube video views will win. The top 8 vote-getters will get to pitch their businesses -- in person -- at the Maryland Entrepreneur Expo on November 13. Two winners will be chosen then, and they'll receive invitations to the Mid-Atlantic region's top venture capital conferences.
A prize will be awarded to the entrepreneur who receives the most “view-votes” before 11:59 pm December, 31 2012.
“These videos are a testament to the strength, dedication and diversity of Maryland’s entrepreneurial community,” says Startup Maryland Co-Chair Mike Binko in a news release today. “When we launched the Pitch Across Maryland tour we thought we might have 40-50 entrepreneurs join us on the Tour Bus and pitch, so 168 is phenomenal. Including all the rallies and events we held more than 200 startups actually participated in the tour.”
Here's a pitch video: