Startup Grind Global Exhibition

Startup Grind is holding its global conference April 23-24 in Silicon Valley CA, bringing together startups across the global tech ecosystem. Join us for meaningful networking and mentorship, educational content, speakers who include some of the leaders in the startup community, and additional social events ( Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting millions of entrepreneurs worldwide through events, media, and partnerships. Startup Grind assists millions of entrepreneurs build businesses, connect with strategic partners, and secure funding.

The Maryland Department of Commerce is sponsoring a delegation of six companies to exhibit at the event and participate in the conference; we are coordinating the selection of exhibitors as well as promoting and marketing this program and the companies selected.

Types of Companies We’re Looking For

  • Based in Maryland with a state registration in Good Standing here
  • Fewer than 50 employees
  • Truly innovative product and demonstrated track record of success
  • Potential to scale nationally/globally (potential annual revenues of $100+ million)
  • A founder or senior executive with excellent presentation skills who can travel to CA for the conference
  • Ability to fund travel expenses related to event participation
  • Industry sectors: tech or tech-enabled, any sector except food or consulting services

*Please note that this conference is not focused on life science


  • All-access passes to the event including all education, networking and social events
  • Exhibiting for a full day at the conference in the Maryland sponsor booth
  • Company table to meet with other startups, potential customers and/or investors
  • Promotion by the Maryland Department of Commerce’s Marketing team
  • Placement in Startup Grind’s 2024 Startups to Watch list (with booth number)
  • Dedicated features on SG social channels (Instagram takeovers, tweets etc.)
  • SG job board promotion to all conference attendees
  • Lifetime membership to the Startup Grind Global Startup program (

Additional benefits for Startups who are chosen to participate in the April 22 Accelerate program to be held at Google headquarters:

  • Curated Investor meetings during (in-person) and post conference (email intros)
  • Reserved main stage pitch competition slot
  • Curated networking, roundtables and education

We are accepting applications through Monday, February 12 at 5 pm. Interviews with the Maryland selection team will be held on Tuesday, February 27 and Wednesday, February 28, with invitations to exhibitors extended the following week.

Questions? For more information, please contact and visit to apply.

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