Less than a year after its reincarnation as an online course for capital-hungry entrepreneurs, Baltimore-based Pitch Creator landed its biggest account this week when the Frederick County Office of Economic Development purchased a bulk license for 200 users.
The deal expands Pitch Creator’s reach from about 350 licenses to nearly 550. It grew out of a volunteer project by Jason Tagler, a growth equity investor at Camden Partners, to teach entrepreneurs how to develop and communicate their message to investors.
The program will be implemented by ROOT, the county’s new business and technology cultivation center in downtown Frederick. A once-vacant building houses the county OED, the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, the Frederick Center for Research and Education in Science and Technology (CREST), Hood College’s new Martha E. Church Center for Community Engagement, and a branch office of FITCI, the Frederick Innovation Technology Center, Inc.
The center also houses an innovative Business Pitch Room, where entrepreneurs can fine-tune their proposals and videotape them for free to be distributed to would-be investors.
The Frederick OED plans to give some of its licenses to FITCI, Hood College and other ROOT partners and keep some to use with businesses in the community. The wide variety among potential users reflects Pitch Creator’s genesis: it was engineered for adaptation.