The Application is closed. See you at the Summit!
AgPitch18 is an open competition seeking those who have innovative ideas to enhance the agricultural and aquacultural industries.
After October 31 deadline, the applications will be reviewed by judges from TEDCO, MARBIDCO, Institute of Applied Agriculture at University of Maryland and other industry leaders. The five applicants with the most viable and innovative concepts will be asked to present their ideas to a panel of judges at the Grow and Fortify Value-Added Agriculture Summit. Each applicant will have three to five minutes to pitch their idea, and the live audience and judges will vote for the winner.
The applicant who receives the most votes will win a grand prize of $7,500 to help them launch their business, as well as risk management services (provided by North Central Insurance Agency), office space (provided by the Maryland Business Incubation Association and F3 Tech Accelerator Program), and admission into Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Resources, Access, and Mentoring Program (RAMP). All finalists will receive cash prizes.
Please send any questions, suggestions and comments to Andrew Rose.
Isvara Wilson, Chief Administrative Officer, AgFirst Farm Credit Bank
Ms. Wilson is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with a B.S. in economics. She earned her Juris Doctor from Tulane University School of Law and is admitted to practice in New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and before the Supreme Court of the U.S. Prior to joining AgFirst in 2012, Ms. Wilson worked with Bank of America. She serves on the board of the Farm Credit Captive Insurance Company and on the AgFirst Executive Committee.
Alex Moore, MBA, Sr. Partner Stratagon, Inc. & Immediate Past-President of MANRRS
Alex leads the Sales and Marketing consulting practice at Stratagon, a Marketing and Technology firm where he is able to leverage over 20 years of business and marketing experience. Before joining Stratagon, Alex worked at Syngenta Crop Protection and legacy companies where he held a variety of marketing positions during his near 15 year tenure.
Mike Thielke, Executive Director Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center
Mike plays a leadership role in the Eastern Shore’s startup and entrepreneur ecosystem. He provides guidance, leadership, and management through his responsibility as Executive Director of the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center (ESEC). ESEC provides funding and execution of programs and activities that serve the needs of high-growth, innovative, and scalable startups and entrepreneurs. Originating in Chicago, Thielke started his first business at 23, which led to a career in international transportation, distribution, and logistics with a focus on DOD and foreign military contracts. He received a B.A. from Knox College in Galesburg, IL.
Jan Baum, Director of the Center for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, Towson University
Jan Baum is the Founder and Director of the Center for Innovation + Entrepreneurship at Towson University, where she is also a full professor. Known for her expertise and leadership in 3D printing technologies, Jan founded and directed 3D Maryland, the first state-wide initiative to establish 3D printing as a strategic industry for Maryland, after establishing the first comprehensive digital fabrication lab in the USM in 2011. She is a serial entrepreneur and a passionate expert on innovation, change, and leadership.