More than 100 startups from more than 60 countries applied. Only nine will make it to Baltimore to present their solutions to a panel of corporate partners in front of a live audience.

April 4, 3 - 7:00 pm
JHU Carey Business School  - 100 International Drive, Baltimore, MD 
$145 (Free for WTCI members)

Corporate Partners

Maryland’s thriving food sector is embracing collaboration and innovation to lead. The inaugural Startup Pitch Event for the Maryland Innovation Lab will feature nine disruptive startups competing for a spot in a 10-week corporate accelerator with one of three Maryland-based companies, Pompeian, Sodexo, SIMPLi - to refine their innovative solutions to pressing business challenges.

About the Maryland Innovation Lab
The Lab is a public-private corporate innovation accelerator run by a partnership between UK-based L Marks, the World Trade Center Institute, and the Maryland Department of Commerce.

About Pitch Day
Join us on the 24th floor of the JHU Carey School of Business for a high-energy, competitive Pitch Event, with startup pitches and live Q&A from our corporate judging panel.

In addition to hearing the pitches, you will have the chance to meet the participants, corporate innovation teams from Sodexo, Pompeian, and Simpli, and special invited guests.

Pitch Day Agenda
3:00 pm - Welcome Remarks
3:30 pm - Pitch Competition
4:30 pm - Intermission
4:45 pm - Pitch Competition Continue              5:45 pm - Audience Poll Results and Closing  6:00 pm - Reception Begins                                


Who Should Attend
Innovators, venture capital investors, entrepreneurs, economic development officials, and anyone interested in how corporate innovation can enhance our economy.


Can't Make Pitch Day?
Join us for a Welcome Reception
at Equitech Tuesday with Upsurge.

April 2, 6-8pm | Guilford Hall Brewery

Building on the vision of an equitech city, Upsurge Baltimore along with co-host WTCI invites you to celebrate global diversity at Equitech Tuesday. Help us welcome the nine global startups who are coming to Baltimore as part of the Maryland Innovation Lab's Bootcamp week. Get bootcamp week started right - by enjoying some local beers with the leaders of our region's innovation ecosystem.

This event is free and open to all.


The Maryland Innovation Lab is a collaborative partnership between:


With additional support provided by:

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