Weekly series to feature insights, presentations from successful entrepreneurs from around the region

COLUMBIA, Md. (September 17, 2018)TEDCO, Maryland’s economic engine for technology companies, announces the launch of its upcoming Builder Fund Speaker Series, in partnership with Betamore. Each session will feature startup experts sharing important insights through educational workshops and talks, followed by a happy hour for attendees. The series will be held every Wednesday at Betamore City Garage, beginning September 19, 2018.

The Builder Fund program financially and operationally supports the development of startup companies. Companies selected for a Builder Fund investment also receive executive support to better position the company to receive follow-on, professional investment in 12 to 18 months. The program supports TEDCO’s overall mission of discovering, investing in, and helping to build great, Maryland-based companies that grow and last.

The Builder Fund Speaker Series’ will continue into the fall, opening participants including:

Kickoff Event: Mastering the Entrepreneurial Mindset

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Amita Shukla—founder and CEO of Vitamita and author of Enduring Edge: Transforming How We Think, Create and Change—will lead a thought-provoking, interactive workshop on training the mind to foster agility, resilience, creativity and success. She will share powerful insights on how great entrepreneurs and innovators think differently and offer simple tools anyone can apply to gain an enduring edge over their mind.

Amita regularly advises companies and organizations and has been invited to present more than 100 keynotes and workshops to innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders in industry, academia, and government. In 2018, she became an Adjunct Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, teaching a graduate course on leadership.

Developing Meaningful KPI & Measurement Plans for Strategic Planning & Storytelling

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

George Earl—founder and CEO of Corsair’s Ventures and regular contributor at the Corsair’s Network—will lead an engaging workshop on developing an analytic plan for empowering your business story and measuring your business success. He will show the disciplined techniques and innovative tricks to deliver a plan for data-driven success.

George spent two and half decades as an analytic executive at some of the nation’s largest banks, technology companies, and start-ups. His new start-up brings analytic support and training to companies that historically believed they could not afford it, when they really could not afford to wait.

Value Creation and The Venture Pathway

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Melissa Bradley Director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Initiative and Executive in Residence at the Kogod School of Business at American University, will be giving a presentation on Value Creation and The Venture Pathway. She lead a deep dive into how startups can create real value that they can then leverage as they start down the path of raising venture money.

Melissa is a tri-sector leader with more than 20 years of entrepreneurship, investment and leadership experience. At American University, she manages the day-to-day operations of the Entrepreneurship Initiative including the Kogod Incubator, Entrepreneurship Venture Fund and Kogod Advisory Council. Additionally, she has been a Senator for the Georgetown University Board of Governors for over a decade, and Founder and former Chair of the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Alliance. Melissa has held executive positions under Presidents Clinton and Obama, where she was responsible for securing over $20 million in public-private partnerships to support national service at the Department of Education.

The speaker series is free and open to the public. RSVPs are encouraged to guarantee admission. For more information on upcoming events, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/o/tedco-builder-fund-12980394141. Future speaker series event topics channel strategy, lean startup methods, growth hacking, financial model analysis, team building, current trends in fundraising and due diligence best practices—all designed for emerging tech companies.

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