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Pitch Across Maryland Bus Tour Launches in Pocomoke

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SALISBURY, Md.- Aspiring entrepreneurs will join business experts with Startup Maryland, an organization led by entrepreneurs, at three locations on Monday to pitch their dream business.

Startup Maryland launched its Pitch Across Maryland bus tour Monday morning at Hardwire Armor Systems, a manufacturing company in Pocomoke City. The bus remained on-site from 10 a.m.-noon. People who registered online came out to pitch their ideas inside the yellow RV, covered with an image of the Maryland flag.

Founder Michael Binko said the organization aims to coach, celebrate and connect aspiring entrepreneurs with people in the industry. He said the Pitch Across Maryland campaign started four years ago and has been a big success.

"One element that we found that usually helps breed successful ventures is learning from other experienced entrepreneurs," Binko said.

Anyone who comes out Monday will get that experience. Before the bus made its way to Pocomoke, Binko gave WBOC a tour and some insight into the process.

Binko said each person will board the bus, meet with an investor or entrepreneur in the front area before recording their pitch in front of a camera in a separate room in the back of the bus.

"This area is really meant to encourage the entrepreneurs and to inspire them to be very confident in their delivery of the video," said Binko, as he explained the purpose of the front space.

Each video pitch is no more then four minutes. Binko expects to collect 150 pitches over a three-week period.

Once the tour is over, the video pitches will be uploaded to YouTube, where people can vote for their favorite video. Three fan-favorites will be selected. Investors and entrepreneurs will also view the videos.

Eight finalists will be selected to attend an entrepreneur expo in Baltimore, where they will make a 10 to 15 minute presentation to a second panel. 

The opportunity allows these finalist to connect with capital investors for support. 

"Their teams {investors} will automatically move those companies forward in the review if they're seeking funding," Binko said.

The bus will be at Hotdesks in Salisbury from 1-2 p.m. The Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University is the last stop on Monday. The bus will be there from 3-5 p.m.

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