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Business Track Day

Tuesday, September 16
8am–7pm

Participate in targeted business bootcamps, learn from local leaders on their biggest mistakes, and hear from investors what they're looking for.

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Track Day Events

  • Entrepreneur Boot Camp

    Experts will provide the building blocks for constructing the foundational, legal elements of intellectual property, trademarking, litigation, accounting and more.

    Tuesday, September 16, 8:00am–11:00am
  • Regional Investor Roundtable

    A roundtable of out-of-market venture capitalists about making investments in Baltimore and along the Northeast Corridor.

    Tuesday, September 16, 11:30am–1:30pm
  • #Failfest: A Conversation In Failure

    If we want bigger business wins, we can't be afraid for a big loss. Hear from some of the region's most successful entrepreneurs, both in technology and out.

    Tuesday, September 16, 2:30pm–4:30pm
  • Bee in the Buzz Baltimore: Networking with a Twizzzt

    Come join ETC's Beehive and the Baltimore Tech community and discover what the buzz is all about! 30 minutes-3 games-3 new contacts.

    Tuesday, September 16, 5:00pm–7:00pm
ETC
101 N. Haven Street, 3rd Floor

Speakers

  • Jason Hardebeck

    Jason Hardebeck

    Engineer by training and entrepreneur by calling, Jason is the Managing Director of DreamIt Baltimore. He is the cofounder of the Baltimore Foundery, an industrial-grade campus for makers. Jason has spent the past 20 years in senior management roles in a variety of Internet software and renewable technology startups. He was the founder and CEO of WhoGlue, a social networking company that he sold to Facebook in 2011.

  • Byron Patrick

    Byron Patrick

    Byron graduated from Salisbury University in 1999, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting. He gained experience in both auditing and tax work at a local CPA firm in Annapolis, Maryland, as a staff accountant. As Director of Information Technology, Byron facilitated the growth of remote work forces and offices, all while maintaining a centralized IT infrastructure and providing high level of support for all employees of the firm. This design and implementation established his team as an industry leader for the use of technology in CPA firms. Byron’s background as both a CPA and a technologist allows him to close the gap that typically exists between the needs of CPA firms and technology’s ability to deliver the solutions. Byron is a Past Chair of the Maryland Association of CPAs (MACPA) as well as a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) council.

  • Chris Tonjes

    Chris Tonjes

    A native of New York City, Chris has over 20 years of IT experience, including working in finance, wireless communications, and government. Chris has a broad based background supporting mainframe applications, middleware, web and mobile applications, and large-scale enterprise resource planning projects.

  • Valerie Gaydos

    Valerie Gaydos

    Valerie is an active angel investor and Founder of the Angel Venture Forum. She has been involved with many start-up companies in the areas of operational development and strategic planning for more than 20 years. She is the founder and president of Capital Growth, Inc. (CGI) which was founded in 1994 as a venture capital data and information publishing company. CGI currently specializes in business building and actively invests in early stage companies. From 2004-2007 Valerie served as President of the Pennsylvania Angel Network. She also served as director of the Private Investors Forum (Philadelphia) and founded the Angel Venture Forum (AVF), an ad hoc group of angel investors in the Mid-Altantic region. She is a member of the Lancaster Angel Network, serves on the Policy Committee of the Angel Capital Association (ACA) and is the director the Accelerator For Commercialization of Technology (ACT) initiative at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship.

  • Krzysztof Sitko

    Krzysztof Sitko

    Krzysztof Sitko is the cofounder of health IT startup Aegle. He studied electrical engineering at the Johns Hopkins University. He writes about his thoughts on entrepreneurship and engineering experiences on his personal blog.