Startup Bus tours Maryland

The Startup Bus is touring Maryland in September to promote entrepreneurship and new business formation. (September 19, 2012)

Hop on the bus, Gus -- the startup bus. 

Have you seen this thing driving around Maryland this month -- it's a big bus draped in the colors of the Maryland flag. It's hard to miss.

The Startup Bus is part of a national and state initiative to promote startup company formation and entrepreneurship. The bus has its own video recording studio built into it, where entrepreneurs are recording their business pitches.

People can vote for the best business pitches online and the top 8 vote-getters will get to pitch their businesses -- in person -- at the Maryland Entrepreneur Expo in November. Two winners will be chosen then, and they'll receive invitations to the Mid-Atlantic region's top venture capital conferences.

You can catch the bus TODAY at the bwtech@UMBC Research Park (Building 5520 Research Park Drive), from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Gov. O'Malley will be there.

The bus will also stop tomorrow (Thursday 9/20) at the University of Baltimore's Merrick School of Business, between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm. And for Friday happy hour, you can catch the bus at Mothers Grill in Federal Hill, from 5 pm to 8 pm.

You can learn more about the state's startup company initiatives at http://startupmaryland.org.