Leonardtown, MD – New and emerging businesses owners, who plan on entering the annual Crab Pot pitch competition, will have help available to refine their startup pitch.

Southern Marylanders can enroll in the Crab Pot Accelerator program which will fine-tune their concept, business model and presentation skills. Free interactive workshops will give current and future entrepreneurs a crash course in customer discovery, product design, business models and public speaking. The workshops also offer a great opportunity to network and learn from a diverse set of peers across Southern Maryland. Participants will also have access to one-on-one mentoring to help mold their business proposals and pitches.

The Crab Pot Accelerator is designed to prepare Crab Pot contestants for the annual competition, scheduled for Thursday, May 10, 2018. The St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development is a sponsor of the Crab Pot, which began in 2015 by PaxSpace and the Southern Maryland Innovation & Technology Initiative (SMIT) with support from the Department of Economic Development. Over the last three years, more than 40 Southern Marylanders have competed in Crab Pot. Winners and runners up have gone on to compete in statewide competitions, receive see funding and launch their businesses.

The College of Southern Maryland will host Crab Pot Regional Accelerator workshops at their campuses in Leonardtown, La Plata and Prince Frederick and will consist of two sessions. At CSM Leonardtown, session 1 (Validating Your Problem and Solution) will be held Monday, February 19, 2018, from 6 – 9 p.m., in Building C, room 322. Session 2 (Pitching Your Solution and Strategy) will be held Monday, March 12, from 6 – 9 p.m., in Building C, room 322.

To learn more about the Accelerator and sign up go to www.paxspace.org/crabpot.