Startup Maryland Announces Great 8 Finalists for Pitch Across Maryland 2013

The past month has seen a flurry of social engagement around the Pitch Across Maryland and the 160+ videos we amassed during the month-long tour around our great state of Maryland.

Our entrepreneurs and their supporters got the Vote Out for their ventures and the Three Fan Favorites were announced last week.

This week we have received the “envelope” with the distilled list of Eight (8) Finalists (a.k.a The Great 8) who have been selected to present again at TEDCO’s Entrepreneur Expo ( on Monday, November 18.


We won’t hold you any longer, the Finalists are:

  • Advancing Synergy — Arti Varanasi
  • CVD Power — Mark Anstey
  • My Study Rewards — Dominique Wilkins
  • Milestone US — Jason Kaplan
  • Click Medix — Ting Shih
  • SeaSkate — Gregory Elbert
  • Applied Sensor Research and Dev — Jacqueline Hines
  • Foodem — Kash Rehman


The Pitch Across Maryland tour and celebration encompassed a month-long tour of the great State of Maryland (and surrounding region) to “discover the un-discovered.”


We sought the most innovative entrepreneurs and the startups with the greatest potential for inflection.  After the Tour concluded, we rendered all the video pitches (more than 160 … again) and uploaded them to YouTube for all the world to see.  This was part of our promise to the entrepreneurs.  They had the guts to make their case so we promised to bring their stories (and opportunities) back with us to celebrate on a bigger stage.


Next Steps …

On Monday, November 18 The Pitch Across Maryland Great 8 Finalists will officially be in the running for the Pitch Across Maryland Winner and Runner-Up designations.


The Great 8  Finalists will all present their ventures again at TEDCO’s Entrepreneur Expo ( during the afternoon segment (starting at 2 pm ET) just prior to the Closing Keynote (Paul Singh, 500 Startups).


Another panel of investors and entrepreneur peers will caucus after the 8 presentations and select the Winner and Runner-up.  Both of these companies will be fast-tracked into Maryland DBED’s $400,000 InvestMaryland Challenge  (– bypassing the first round of qualifying.


We couldn’t be more proud of the entrepreneurs who came out and met us and out Pitch Across Maryland Tour Stop Co-Hosts, Sponsors and Supporters.  Your stories are inspiring and the reason this region is a powerhouse for venture development.


Kind regards,

The Startup Maryland Team