VIDEO: Governor O'Malley applauds InvestMaryland Challenge winners
From among hundreds of applicants, judges selected four innovative early-stage companies to receive $100,000 grand prizes during the second annual InvestMaryland Challenge finale Monday evening.
Find a full list of grand prize and special award winners here.
The contest, sponsored by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, was launched by Governor Martin O’Malley in 2012 to boost State resources for startups.
Governor O’Malley reflected on his work with Maryland entrepreneurs.
“I want to thank you for having the courage to take risks, to break the symmetry and to create new ideas and solutions to human problems, which is really what the creation of wealth is all about,” he said. “I’ve been honored to be a small part of the great work all of you are engaged in. You are transforming our economy and you are transforming the way we feed and fuel and heal this economy.”
Maryland DBED Secretary Dominick Murray likewise praised all applicants for their efforts toward strengthening the larger economy.
“Young high-tech innovative companies like yours are vital to our economy in Maryland. The products and technologies that you have developed are keeping us safer, keeping us healthier and keeping us better connected than ever before,” Secretary Murray said.
See the above video for extended remarks from Governor O’Malley and Secretary Murray.