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The Stage is Set for Equity Crowdfunding

Posted By John Elstner, VenturePoint Partners, LLC, Monday, November 2, 2015

On October 30th, the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to approve the FINAL rules for Title III Equity Crowdfunding under the JOBS act legislation.

What this means is that in approximately 90 days, ANYONE, regardless of income, will be able to invest in a startup by purchasing shares or issuing debt and earning a financial return on their investment. There are no restrictions on income or net worth in order to make an investment (there are caps / safeguards however built into the legislation).

This sets the stage for equity crowdfunding to continue its exponential growth over the next 3-5 years, on top of the existing market for accredited investors.

According to Forbes, "Crowdfunding was already expected to surpass VC in 2016 at $34B a year in total crowdfunding online, across all types of crowdfunding. By bringing in a new class of investors with Title III, we can expect further growth of the equity market as venture capital continues to move online."

This move is a breakthrough for technology entrepreneurship! It will make a whole lot more capital accessible to our startups and emerging technology firms.

Tags:  Crowdfunding  Finance  SEC 

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11th Annual CRTC BBQ on the Bay Expo - Tiki Huts, Tech, Beach, & BBQ!

Posted By Christina Royle, Chesapeake Regional Tech Council, Friday, June 12, 2015

Posted on Behalf of Alexandra Cushley, CRTC Intern - Summer 2015

I hope everyone is getting as excited as I am for the 11th annual CRTC BBQ on the Bay Tech Expo at The Point at Back Creek Thursday June 25th! I’m Alexandra Cushley and I’ve gotten the amazing opportunity to intern with CRTC this summer. I hope to gain some event planning and marketing experience towards my major in Human Relations and minor in Event Management at High Point University in NC. So to start off Kris Shock, CRTC Executive Director and Christina Royle, CRTC Marketing & Events Coordinator have given me the chance to write a blog about the big event of the year!

As I’m learning the ropes of how this amazing event is put together I can’t imagine how excited everyone must be to network and visit the booths of our many sponsors, including this year’s title sponsor, Comcast Business. (Click here for a list of all of our 2015 sponsors) Despite last year’s torrential downpour, 400+ attendees still managed to arrive in style, sporting the casual attire that this event encourages along with stylish rain boots. In hopes of sunshine for this year’s BBQ feel free to come in dresses, flip flops and Hawaiian shirts.

Arrive in even more style via water taxi from Downtown Annapolis or Eastport or even take your own boat. Check out our “know before you go” page to see all of the many arrival options there are for the BBQ including the water taxis and shuttle services.

After arriving to the biggest tech BBQ Annapolis has to offer - don’t forget to pick up your bingo card to get signed by the sponsor tables as you venture through the venue for a chance to win a prize. Rumor has it the big prize of the night is a GoPro Hero. Enjoy the unlimited beer, wine, soda and water, which is available throughout the venue at the Title Sponsor Tiki Hut and the Gold and Silver Sponsor tables. Once you work up an appetite networking throughout the evening Moveable Mixers will have an assortment of food options that I look forward to trying, as I’m sure it will be delicious! As you munch on some BBQ pulled pork, Tuscan grilled vegetables, Bruschetta and Humus enjoy the wonderful Caribbean sounds of Orlando Phillips who’s performed at BBQ in the past.

Rain or shine I’m sure this year’s BBQ on the Bay will be just as successful as those of the past and I hope I get the opportunity to mingle with the many attendees we expect this year as well. See you there from 6:00-9:00 at 7001 Bembe Beach Road in Annapolis! Click here to register for the BBQ on the Bay.

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Ready for some Mini Golf??

Posted By Jackie Dee, ByteGrid, Monday, May 11, 2015

The Mini Golf Mixer is one of my favorite networking events. I find that at a lot of networking mixers, I'll end up in one area and not talk to as many people as I would have liked. Whereas at the Mini Golf Mixer, there are always new people to connect with as you cruise around each hole. And you can always continue the conversations started on the course under the pavilion after you're done golfing.

I was 8 and half months pregnant at last year's Mini Golf Mixer, so I'm really looking forward to being able to play a full round this year and enjoying a couple adult beverages while I network.

The mixer will be held at Arundel Golf Park (1501 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie, Maryland  21061) from 5pm - 8pm on Tuesday, May 12th. There will be plenty of food and beverages to enjoy before, during and after your mini golfing. The Chik-fil-a nugget platters will be back by popular demand, along with sandwiches, quesadillas, and veggies.

REGISTER HERE - Registration closes soon!

Check out the photos from last year's Mini Golf Mixer

Big Thanks To Our Sponsors!!!

Food & Beverage Sponsors: Law Offices of Vailios Peros, P.C. and Wells Fargo The Private Bank
Hole in One Sponsor: Sidus Data
Eagle Sponsor: Vision Technologies
Birdie Sponsors: Human Resources Inc and Foster Knowledge
Hole Sponsors: Sustain Creative, CPSI, Anne Arundel Community College, Alpha Engineering, CSC Leasing, Randstad Technologies, Sutter Group, and Comcast Business.

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TechAwards 2015: 10 Years & 3 Awesome Creative Partners

Posted By Kris Shock, EXIT10, Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Since TechAwards 2015 is the 10th Anniversary of theTechAwards program, it seems appropriate to pause and take a look back at the themes we’ve leveraged over the years to celebrate the region’s best in tech.

We couldn’t even begin to take a look back without first and foremost recognizing three key creative partners who have stepped up for multiple TechAwards events to lend their time, talent and leadership to our great celebration of technology advancement: Take One Digital Media, Substance 151 and The Pomerantz Agency. Without their tremendous collective support over the years, TechAwards would not be the success it is today.

The Pomerantz Agency set the bar with beautiful and compelling event creative for TechAwards from 2006 - 2011 then passed the baton to Substance 151 who has provided spectacular and playful event marketing for the last four TechAwards events. Year after year Take One Digital Media has taken the TechAwards themes and provided brilliant opening videos to focus attendees attention and get everyone pumped for our celebration of tech! These creative geniuses are truly our TechAwards heroes!

Let's take a look back:

Take One Digital Media was there in the beginning. We were known as the Anne Arundel Tech Council then and the first TechAwards was launched in Annapolis in 2005. Take One assisted with videos of honorees to feature in the presentation.


In 2006, The Pomerantz Agency stepped up to give the TechAwards a fresh look with the theme “ Celebrating the intersection of technology & life”. Pomerantz continued their support in 2007 with the theme “In the Flow”, the last TechAwards as Anne Arundel Tech Council.          






In 2008, with the help of The Pomerantz Agency, we made the successful transition to the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council and shifted the TechAwards to the first quarter of the following year – 2009.

In 2009, Pomerantz had some fun with our theme “Regional Rockstars” and Take One got into the act with an amazing video showcasing the finalists in a “coverflow” style presentation featuring album covers for songs that inspired their success.



In 2010 we all need a bit of relief from the economic new normal and we embraced the economic challenges with our theme “Race to Renewal.” Once again The Pomerantz Agency lent their creative genius with the event creative and Take One created an opening video featuring three CRTC presidents in a metaphoric triathalon to open the show. (Below Right: CRTC President Kevin Lancaster opens the show in sneakers - fresh from the "triathalon".)



In 2011 we made the leap to larger space at the Westin BWI and our theme – and Pomerantz provided their grand finale with the theme Inspire. Create. Innovate. Take One created and inspiring opening video to kickoff the evening blending arts and tech. We had graduated to a truly regional celebration.





In 2012 we moved down the road to the Hilton BWI Hotel, Ida Cheinman stepped up to Chair the TechAwards Committee and her firm Substance 151 provided their first year of TechAwards creative, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the organization with our theme “20 Years in Tech".

Take One created an inspiring look backwards/look forward opening video. Click here to check it out.

In 2013 we had a blast with the theme “Geek is the New Chic.” Substance 151 again provided the awesome creative and Take One  provided a hilarious take on Geek "Vogue".  Click here to watch the video.




Mindgrub, an Innovation Agency specializing in creating apps and games, won the Tech Company of the Year in 2013 and we were thrilled when they stepped up as Title Sponsor for the 2014 event. Since they signed on in advance of our theme announcement we had the great opportunity to wrap our theme around their great success. Inspired by our "Get in the Game" theme, Substance 151 once again provided fantastic event creative and Take One's video created a fun take on PAC-MAN featuring many finalists on-camera and vintage game graphics to get them "in the game".




So here we are – 2015. The 10th Anniversary of TechAwards.  Again we are incredibly fortunate to have creative support fromSubstance 151 and Take One. This year, inspired by Title Sponsor ZeroFox, we present “Connect with Confidence: #SociallySecure.”

ZeroFox won the Rising Star Award in 2014 and again we were able to secure their Title Sponsor support in time to wrap our theme around their success in "securing the social space." We've had a blast exploring the theme "Connect with Confidence."

In fact we are pretty confident you will love the surprise from Take One – you’ll just have to be there.

We are so grateful these incredibly talented creative professionals see the value in lending their time and talent to delight the regional tech community through the TechAwards program.

Thank you Take One, Substance 151 and Pomerantz!



See you at the TechAwards! #SociallySecure

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Come Strike Up Some Fun on Tuesday, February 17th!

Posted By Angela Chaney, CohnReznick, Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Come and Strike Up Some Fun!

It’s time for the 4th annual CRTC Bowling Mixerjust 2 weeks away! 

Click here to check out the photos from last years event.

We will be meeting at Mustang Alley's on Tuesday, February 17th from 5:00pm-8:00pm (1300 Bank Street, Baltimore, MD 21231). There will be food, drinks, bowling and the opportunity to network with tons of other tech professionals. 

One of my favorite events of the year!

Bowling is not required BUT it is part of the fun.... 

You can register your own team or choose to be matched up with other CRTC members.  We will also be meeting beforehand for a Pre-Game "Pay Your Own Way" Pre Bowling Mixer Happy Hour downstairs at Heavy Seas Alehouse from 4:00pm to 5:00pm.

A big thanks to our event sponsors for the 2015 Bowling Mixer:

Food & Beverage Sponsors: Law Offices of Vailios Peros, P.C. and Sidus Data!

Lane Sponsors: Federal Hill Solutions, TierPoint, QCC, and Randstad Techonologies!

Roll on Over – There’s no time to Spare!  I hope to see you all there. Click here to register.

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