Think Like a Congressman at #MACoCon

Hear the federal perspective on Maryland’s economy as Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger serves as a judge in MACo’s first ever pitch competition for Maryland entrepreneurs.

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Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland’s 2nd District will serve as a judge at MACo’s Summer Conference Pitch Competition. 

In a special general session at MACo’s Summer Conference, three expert judges, including Congressman Ruppersberger, will hear pitches from five different industry sectors vying to be named the best bet for Maryland’s economy. The Voice of Entrepreneurship: Who Has the Perfect Pitch for Maryland? attendees at MACo’s Summer Conference will vote for a winning pitch, and then see if their assessment aligns with three expert judges.

Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger was elected Baltimore County Executive in 1994 and 1998, and, under his leadership, the county was named one of the nation’s four best-managed counties by Governing Magazine. The county achieved three AAA bond ratings and staggering job growth during his administration.

On the Hill, creating jobs and improving Maryland’s economy is one of Congressman Ruppersberger’s top priorities. He is working hard to help middle-class Marylanders achieve more than just making ends meet.

Maryland’s 2nd District includes parts of Baltimore City as well as Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Harford and Howard Counties. It is a vital center of trade and commerce for the state and national economy and includes Aberdeen Proving Ground, Ft. Meade, the National Security Agency, and the Port of Baltimore.

Startup Maryland and the SRT1UP Roadshow tour Maryland to celebrate, coach, curate, and capitalize high-potential entrepreneurs. Over the course of the year, the Roadshow has focused on five high-growth trajectories: cyber/IT; manufacturing 4.0; health, wellness, and life sciences; rural innovations; and social innovations.

In The Voice of Entrepreneurship: Who Has the Perfect Pitch for Maryland?, attendees tune in to these economic drivers, hear actual pitches from the best-of-the best of the Roadshow tour, and learn how to assess investment opportunities. Judges on stage, including a Congressman, an active institutional venture capitalist, and a recognizable serial entrepreneur, will grill the pitchers as the audience responds. Do you know what your county should listen for as startups like these join the chorus of Maryland industries? See if your vote for perfect pitch is in harmony with the experts.

Join this session on Friday, August 18, 2017 from 9-10:45 am.

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