ENTREPRENEURSHIP IS A FULL-CONTACT SPORT: Startup Maryland Launches on March 30

Entrepreneur-led Effort Celebrates Maryland’s Diverse Innovation Economy; Initiatives Focus on Resource Mapping, Drivers-Revenue, Access to Capital and Awareness

College Park, MD – March 23, 2012 – Startup Maryland announced today that it will formally launch its effort to ignite entrepreneurship and bring together the incredible resources Maryland has in its innovation eco-system.  The initiative, which strives to drive visibility and greater outcomes for entrepreneurs, launches with a formal kick-off event on March 30, 2012.

“Startup Maryland is honored to announce a full-slate of Maryland-themed celebrations of innovation and entrepreneurship,” stated Michael Binko and Julie Lenzer Kirk, members of the Startup Maryland Organizing Board.  “Be forewarned – if participants are not prepared with some sort of helmet or protective-Armour the energy of this event may prove to be too much for them to handle,” they added.

From the Welcome Message by Scott Case (CEO of Startup America Partnership) to the Closing Conversation with Kevin Plank (Founder and CEO of Under Armour) Startup Maryland Launch Day will be packed with some surprises related to the following themes:

Maryland Pride
Maryland … A State of Innovation℠
Entrepreneurship is a Full-Contact Sport℠

Details and logistics follow:

WHAT: Startup Maryland Launch Event
WHEN: Friday, March 30, 2012, 10:00am -12:00pm
WHERE: Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland (College Park)
Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20742

REGISTRATION: http://sumdlaunch.eventbrite.com/

Simulcasts are will be broadcast online to statewide university campuses, economic development offices and incubators/accelerators.  From the core counties in the center, to Garrett County in the west, and from Pocomoke on the Eastern Shore, to St. Mary’s/Calvert in the South and Cecil/Hartford up north, entrepreneurs and their supporters are intended to be the VIPs of the event.

Following the event, attendees are encouraged to spend the afternoon at the UMD Entrepreneurship Invitational from 12:00pm – 4:00pm.  The sibling event includes a showcase of regional companies and entrepreneurship resource organizations.  The annual Cupid's Cup business pitch competition awards $25K in prizes and keynotes are expected from Governor O'Malley and Cupid Cup’s benefactor Kevin Plank.

Register to attend: http://ter.ps/invitational (please note: this requires separate registration).

About Startup Maryland:

Startup Maryland (http://md.S.co) is a regional initiative launched out of the Startup America Partnership (www.S.co).  Driven from within the community and led by entrepreneurs Startup Maryland is meant to be locally-operated and inclusive. Building on the themes forged by the national Partnership, Startup Maryland strives to connect innovation communities and recognize the importance of startups, rampups and speedups to the state and regional economies. Startup Maryland rallies entrepreneurs, supporters and other innovation stakeholders around four main initiatives -- Access to Capital, Resource Mapping, Revenue Opportunities/Corporate Connections and Celebration/Awareness. Learn more at http://md.S.co.

Media Contacts:

Michael Binko, CEO of kloudtrack® and member of the Startup Maryland Organizing Board
703-598-8030,  mbinko@kloudtrack.com

Julie Lenzer Kirk, Director, Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship
410-313-6175,  JKirk@hceda.org

Lisa Throckmorton, SpeakerBox Communications on behalf of Startup Maryland
703-287-7803,  lthrockmorton@speakerboxpr.com