7 years ago I wrote a paper that included the case of Wisconsin as the first state hosting a business plan competition. Today, I learned via a student @georgemasonU that Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland was hosting a business plan contest on Pinterest. Brilliant, Simple, Fun!
I saw O’Malley speak at the Cupid’s Cup a few weeks ago (see pic) and he was pretty hyped up about his state (where I live) and all of the things going on there for entrepreneurship. This latest turn is great! From Governor O’Malley’s office:
The contest will allow participants to pitch their businesses using 10 images on a Pinterest board. Winners will be featured on Governor Martin O’Malley’s Pinterest page and will also receive a prize courtesy of our generous partners at the Baltimore Angels.
Contest Guidelines and Rules
Submissions will consist of a maximum of 10 images arranged on a Pinterest board.
Images must be credited to the source and follow all copyright rules.
This contest is restricted to Maryland residents, students attending a Maryland University or College and Maryland based businesses.
All submissions must be received by April 30, 2012 at 5 p.m. (Eastern).
Pitches must be made in one of the following two categories:
Student Entrepreneurs: This category is limited to students enrolled in a K-12 or post secondary program at a Maryland school, college and/or University.
Bootstrappers: This category is limited to people and organizations who have not have raised money outside of family and friends.
Submissions will be showcased on Governor Martin O’Malley’s website. Boards and pins will be available for public comment.
Following the public comment period, a panel of judges will select a first place and second place winner for each of the two categories.
First place winners will receive a MacBook Air and second place winners will receive an iPad courtesy of our generous partners at the Baltimore Angels. First place winners will also be featured on Governor Martin O’Malley’s official Pinterest page.