BizBootcamp Baltimore + $1,000 Pitch Competition

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Learn from the experts, and get a shot at winning one of three prizes totaling $1,000 in cash!

So, you want to start or grow your business and don't know where to start? We've put together a great collectioo, you want to start or grow your business and don't know where to start? We've put together a great collection of industry experts and knowledgable folks from among our TechBreakfast sponsors and ecosystem to help you take your business or idea to the next level.

Learn how to incorporate your business, raise money, attract and retain employees, protect your intellectual property, Accounting 101, marketing on a shoestring, dealing with legal issues ranging from employee and supplier contracts to immigration-related issues for your employees. This is a great way to get information on a wide breadth of company formation and growth topics all in one place from a great set of folks with expertise and experience.

Agenda for Baltimore BizBootcamp

Track #1: Starting your Company

09:00 - 09:45 :: Forming Your Company - Incorporating - Bowie & Jensen

10:00 - 10:45 :: Protecting Intellectual Property - Trademarks, Copyrights, Patents, Trade Secrets - Belles Katz

11:00 - 11:45 :: Fundamental Contracts - Employees, Contractors, Suppliers - DLA Piper

12:00 - 12:45 --- LUNCH BREAK & NETWORKING --

13:00 - 13:45 :: Protecting & Covering your @$$ets - Diversified Insurance

14:00 - 14:45 :: Working with Accelerators - ETC & TEDCO

Track #2: Growing your Company

09:00 - 09:45 :: Marketing on a Shoestring - Brilliant Collaborations

10:00 - 10:45 :: Raising Capital - The Ins and Outs - DLA Piper

11:00 - 11:45 :: HR and Employee Management for Startups - Jumpstart:HR

12:00 - 12:45 --- LUNCH BREAK & NETWORKING --

13:00 - 13:45 :: Accounting for Startups - Aronson

14:00 - 14:45 :: Finding & Retaining Employees - G&M Investments and Trow & Rahal

Office Hours

15:00 - 17:00 :: On demand in 20 minute blocks

Peers & Beers

17:00 - 19:00 :: Connect with your peers and learn and help each other

Pitch Competition - $1,000 in prizes! (that's money, not services)

19:00 - 20:00 :: Compete with others on the Pitch Competition. The audience will judge the winners! Three prizes - more info below.

Peers & Beers

Want to network with your peers and help each other out? In this unique twist on our TechAfterHours event, we'll have a Peers & Beers where we'll set out a room with lots of food and beverage for you to work with your peers on helping each other out. Think of it as a Group Office Hours or Group Therapy where those who know how to do something can help others who don't and those who want help on topics can work with each other. We'll set aside parts of the room for peer-based networking and help on topics ranging from App Development and UI to Sales and Marketing and Growth Hacking. Come and help each other out!

The Pitch Competition

Would you like to share your awesome pitch with your colleagues? Want some incentives to do that? Then enroll in the BizBootcamp to enter our Pitch Competition. The Pitch Competition will be an awesome opportunity to share your innovation or business with your peers, who will also be your judges. You will be judged on three factors: How well you pitch, how good is your idea, and how well you have implemented the idea. The person/team with the most votes will win $500 in cold, hard cash (it might be a check or Paypal payment). Second place will win $300, and a third-place contestant will get $200. All team participants must be enrolled in the BizBootcamp to participate.

How much time will you have to pitch? Here's where things get interesting. Everyone starts out with 15 seconds. Not enough time? For each Workshop you attend, you will get an extra 15 seconds to pitch. Attend 1:1 sessions and get bonus time, up to 2 minutes total. Be acknowledged as one of the top 5 Peers & Beers participants, and get a bonus 30 seconds. We'll keep track of each participant as you go through the program. TONS OF FUN!

When / Where / How Much?

The BizBootcamp will run from 8AM to 8PM and will be hosted by ETC at their location on Haven St.

It's just $75 to attend, but we only have spots are limited, so sign up quickly if you want to participate!

What am I going to get out of this? Is this just an infomercial or am I going to get tangible value for my money?

Yes, we've got lawyers and accountants and insurance folks and all sorts of service providers providing content here. But they are here to provide YOU what you want to know. They're experts in their field and experienced providing value and advise and services... and you've got ALL of their time for a full day for under a hundred bucks. What could be better?

In addition to getting their information and education during the scheduled session time, they're making themselves available to you for 1:1 office hours scheduled in 20 minute chunks just for you and them so you can get even more information and deep dive with them. This is more than you could get in one place and well worth the time and money!

Breakfast sponsored by Jumpstart:HR (

Breaks Sponsored by Diversified Insurance (

Venue, Lunch, and Evening Appetizers Sponsored by Expedient (