Local entrepreneurship advocates and Startup Maryland are bringing the STRT1UP Road Show to Charles County.  The event will take place on Friday, Sept. 16, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Indian Head Village Green (100 Walter Thomas Road, Indian Head). This year marks the fifth annual state-wide STRT1UP Road Show tour.

The program is an opportunity for technology businesses, start-ups, and anyone interested in innovation to pitch ideas, network, and learn about the Town of Indian Head, the Naval Support Facility Indian Head, and Charles County organizations that support business growth and development. STRT1UP will showcase the work currently going on in Indian Head and coordinated efforts to grow business near the Naval Support Facility Indian Head. 
“We had a great Startup Maryland event last year with community support. This year, the entire Charles County entrepreneurial ecosystem is pulling together to support the event,” said Kim Mozingo, the Energetics Technology Center’s manager of Technology Business Growth and the TechFire incubation program. “With the energy growing around the Town of Indian Head and the Base, holding the event this year at the Village Green Pavilion just makes sense.”

During the event, entrepreneurs are invited to climb on the Startup Maryland bus and pitch their idea/business in a mobile video studio. Videos are uploaded to YouTube and then open to public viewing/voting, allowing the entrepreneurs, sponsors, investors and tour hosts to activate social networks for even broader awareness and celebration.  Entrepreneurs are provided coaching, guidance, and support from business mentors and other leaders from academia, incubators/accelerators, economic development agencies, and service providers as well as active angel investors.

“We’re excited to be hosting STRT1UP Road Show this year,” said Indian Head Mayor Brandon Paulin. “We are encouraged by the local collaboration of the town’s revitalization efforts and support  from the base at Indian Head, one of the county’s largest employers.

This year’s STRT1UP Road Show stop in Charles County is a collaboration of the county’s entrepreneurial ecosystem partners, including: Energetics Technology Center and TechFire, Charles County Department of Economic Development, College of Southern Maryland’s Entrepreneur and Innovation Institute, Charles County Chamber of Commerce and the Military Alliance Council, Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, Town of Indian, Maryland Technology Development Corporation, Small Business Development Center Southern Region, and the Southern Maryland Innovation and Technology initiative.

For more information about the event and to register to pitch your business idea, contact Kim Mozingo at 301-645-6637, ext. 711 or kmozingo@etcmd.com or visit startupmd.org/startup-maryland-announces-2016-strt1up-road-show/.