Southern Maryland Innovation and Tech (SMIT) ignites and fuels tech entrepreneurship by fostering an inclusive and collaborative ecosystem in Southern Maryland. We meet in Southern Maryland, Maryland’s fastest growing Tech Hub, where technologists are 3.5 times more concentrated than in the rest of the nation. This is your place to interact with innovators, showcase promising ventures, and learn principles and methods to accelerate market success.
SMIT brings together entrepreneurs, inventors, developers, researchers, mentors, investors and the broader entrepreneurial community on the second Thursday of most months.
Get ready for our annual Crab Pot Pitch Competition coming up in May! Join us on March 14th to polish your pitch and get feedback from experts. Not ready to pitch? Come learn from your peers! Hear pitches and listen to the feedback and advice they receive to help you prepare for your next pitch.
To sign up to deliver your practice pitch to our panel, email [masked]. But sign up quick! We’ll take the first eight entrepreneurs.
We’ll get started with 10 minutes of pitch instruction then move right into practice pitching. 8 entrepreneurs will pitch to a panel that will provide (gentle but pointed) feedback on the spot. Pitchers will have a total of 6 minutes to both pitch and receive feedback (and yes, we use a timer!) Please prepare a pitch that leaves you time for feedback!
As always, SMIT kicks off at 6PM with 30 minutes of networking. We’ll have an hour of programming then more time to network or follow-up with panel members one-on-one.
Meet our panel:
Brianna Bowling – Brianna is founder and past President of Zekiah Technologies, a geospatial firm supporting federal agencies. She is no longer President as she retired but is on Zekiah's board. Brianna is also an angel investor, novel writer, horse owner, and business consultant.
Wynne Briscoe - Wynne is the St. Mary's County SBDC Business Counselor and is also a manufacturer. She was the 2nd certified organic manufacturer in the state and has an organic skin products shop in St. Mary's. She has helped countless clients grow their businesses and has been part of the SMIT planning team for 2 years.
Peg Duchesne - Peg is on the board of St. Mary's College and runs Duchess Enterprise, a company that helps entrepreneurs and other business owners communicate the right message at the right time in the right venue.
Kim Mozingo – Kim has been part of the SMIT Team since 2013, on the board since its creation July 2018. Kim has been pitch coaching for about 5 years now and for 4 out of the last 5 Crab Pot pitch competitions, teams she has coached have come in 1st or 2nd place.