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Win Smith, Co-Founder of Alchemy Learning, and presenter for the company. pitches at the 2015 Beta City event at City Garage in Port Covington. (The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz)

Startup alert! $75K up for grabs at next Beta City

Attention entrepreneurs! At least $75,000 in cash will be up for grabs at a pitch competition at this year’s Beta City event, to be held at City Garage Sept. 29.

This is the second year for Beta City, a co-production of Betamore, the Federal Hill-based startup incubator and education center, and Sagamore Ventures.

Last October’s event was a celebration of local entrepreneurship and innovation that also showcased the newly rechristened City Garage, a former repair facility for city buses at Port Covington that Sagamore has refurbished into a hub for emerging companies and light manufacturing.

The inaugural Beta City event also featured a pitch competition — local companies Citelighter and Yet Analytics were recognized by judges — but offered only prestige and a chance to meet potential investors rather than a cash prize.

Like last year, this year’s Beta City event will also include a demo exhibition where early-stage companies can talk about — and, if applicable, demonstrate — what they do.

Companies who want to participate in the pitch session, demo event, or both, can apply here. Applications are due by midnight on Aug. 22.

Applicants will be screened by a committee of local venture capitalists and members of Betamore’s advisory board, and the top six will be selected to give their pitches, organizers wrote in a news release.

Tickets can be purchased at a discounted, early-bird rate here.