The Motley Fool can trace its humble beginnings to a shed behind David Gardner's house, where David and Tom posted answers to financial questions on Prodigy's and America Online's bulletin boards. Tech goliath Apple was born in a garage in Silicon Valley, where the company's two famous Steves -- that is, Jobs and Wozniak -- built the first Apple Computer. Larry Page and Sergey Brin also began their life's work in a garage, where they created BackRub -- now known as Google.

Every company we know and love began as a small, local passion project.

Techbuzz

As Foolish investors, we love these inspiring stories of entrepreneurship, so we've partnered with the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) to learn more about some of the best and brightest local start-ups. Several times each year, MAVA hosts TechBUZZ -- a day for companies to pitch their start-up stories to private equity investors and other entrepreneurs. The Motley Fool was on hand at the most recent TechBUZZ, at AOL's FishBowl Labs, and we're excited to share the stories of 10 of the start-ups who presented. Click on a company name below for the full article.

Company NamePresenter Title 
Athena Power  Raj Lakhiani  CEO
Attentiv  Daniel Russell  Founder
Bubbl  Mauhan Zonoozy  CEO

Buzzmark

 Mathias Entenmann  Co-founder and chairman
Esplota  Ranieri A Mestroni  Founder
First Mile Geo  Matt McNabb  CEO
Jewelbots   George Stocker  VP, software engineering
RelishMBA   Sarah Rumbaugh  CEO
YOPP  Shana Lawlor  Founder and CEO

David Forrest is the co-founder of ScreenDoor and a longtime Fool. He doesn't own any of the stocks mentioned in this article. The Motley Fool recommends Apple and Google (C shares). The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple and Google (C shares). Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.