Virtual and In-Person

A hybrid event that brings together some of the most essential pillars of the startup community; pitches, capital, mentorship & connection.

VC Pitch Competition

A venture capital pitch competition open to all Maryland-based startups will set the stage for our hybrid conference. Utilizing an app-based video pitch platform, Thumbraise, we’ve created a place where founders and investors can connect in an easier, more meaningful way.

Virtual Programming

Virtual programming themed around all aspects of the startup journey. Weekly sessions will highlight our region’s best and brightest through Panel Discussions, Interviews, Fireside Chats and Investor Connections, providing exceptional value to the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Live Event Finale

Fueled by top talent and regional leaders, Founder City will end with a not-to-be-missed LIVE drive-in pitch finale. This Fall event will feature full pitches from the top applicant companies and will be held simultaneously in Frederick and Baltimore, simulcasting online from both locations.

Key Dates

NOW | Founder City Pitch Competition Submissions Open & Virtual Programming live-streamed each Wednesday.

Friday, September 17, 2021 | Pitch Submission Cutoff

Fall 2021 | Final Celebration & LIVE Pitch Festivals- Due to an incredibly positive response from the ecosystem, we will be moving this final event to the Fall. Stay tuned for specific date.