Betamore Announces Top Industry Leaders as Judges for Beta City’s Venture Capital Pitch Competition


Betamore and Sagamore Ventures have released the official list of judges who will select the winners of Beta City’s third annual Venture Capital Pitch Competition on September 28, 2017. Six of the region’s top startup companies will present their pitch to the panel of live judges and compete for $25,000 in prize money.

This year’s panel of judges features Mayor Catherine Pugh and welcomes back investors and venture capitalists from top firms including Grotech Ventures, Greenspring Associates, Camden Partners, and Baltimore Angels. The panel will also introduce new representatives from SC&H Capital and iFund Women.

“We are happy that these top influencers have decided to come back to judge the competition,” said Jen Meyer, CEO of Betamore. “Their eagerness to participate is a testament to the talent of the companies participating. We are proud to offer a platform for entrepreneurs to directly connect with some of the region’s top investors and community leaders.”

The $25,000 prize was contributed by Brown Advisory, an independent investment management firm. Jacob Hodes, Head of Private Equity at Brown Advisory, will return this year as a judge and will also MC the competition.

The complete list of judges includes: Anthony Raley, Silicon Valley Bank; Christopher Helmrath, SC&H Capital; Chuck Cullen, Grotech Ventures; Dan Mindus, NextGen Venture Partners; David Wise, Maryland Venture Fund; Deb Tillett, Emerging Technology Center; Demian Costa, Sagamore Ventures; Deric Emry, Greenspring Associates; Elana Fine, Dingman Center; George Davis, TEDCO; Jacob Hodes, Brown Advisory; Jason Tagler, Camden Partners; Jeff Cherry, SHIFT Ventures’ Conscious Venture Labs; John Cammack, Baltimore Angels; John Hendon, Stifel; Jorge Aquino, JHTV; Julie Lenzer, University of Maryland Ventures; Karen Cahn, iFundWomen; Lisa Rapuano, Lane Five Capital; Paul Palmieri, Grit Capital; and Tom (TK) Kuegler, Wasabi Ventures.

Beta City was recently expanded to become “Build Baltimore,” a two-day initiative bringing together Baltimore-area change makers to shine a light on those shaping the future of our city. Hosted at City Garage in Port Covington, Build Baltimore will include Beta City on September 28, and Garage Fest on September 30.

To learn more about Build Baltimore, please visit:

About Betamore

Betamore is an award-winning coworking space, incubator and campus for entrepreneurship and technology. With its mission to make Baltimore a global entrepreneurship destination, Betamore has been home to 120+ companies that have collectively raised more than $57M in venture capital and in 2016 contributed $26.3M to Baltimore City’s economy.

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