Maryland incubators provide the resources that young companies need to grow including: management guidance, technical assistance and consulting; flexible rental space; shared basic business services and equipment; virtual memberships; technology support services; and assistance in obtaining financing. The MBIA network provides its member companies with access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities coupled with educational programming. Incubators can be found in both urban and rural communities of Maryland.
The business incubation models in Maryland also continue to evolve in response to the needs of the entrepreneurial community and the demands of the market place. Within the MBIA network you can find incubator models that foster engineering and technology companies and offer traditional office, or those that support life sciences companies and offer web lab space. You can also find co-working and accelerator models within the MBIA network that enable software, digital media, web and mobile app technology development. Whether you are in cleantech, medtech, biotech, mobile app development or cyber security, there is a Maryland incubator designed to meet your needs.
Incubators that are members of MBIA network, also provide their member companies with access to TEDCO’s business incubator assistance program and technology commercialization fund. TEDCO funding enables MBIA member incubators to enhance their services to member companies with the help of outside business consultants, entrepreneurial training, pro bono legal services, and networking and strategy planning with investors. In addition, companies that are part of an MBIA-affiliated incubator are eligible to apply to obtain technology commercialization funding through TEDCO.
Betamore is an award-winning campus for entrepreneurship and technology. It’s a member-based community of startups, creatives, learners, innovators, and entrepreneurs. They house some of Baltimore’s brightest web/mobile startups and also house a vibrant coworking community of investors, freelance designers and developers, lawyers, and other entrepreneurs. Betamore also offers educational curricula in technology and entrepreneurship.
Bethesda Green is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization devoted to improving sustainability in Bethesda and the region. BG’s incubator supports technology, services and consumer products companies and also nonprofits that share the objective of promoting sustainability. Full-time, co-working and virtual affiliations are available. BG provides a dynamic set of services designed to propel companies to success, including training, mentoring, networking, access to capital and market connections. Acceptance is based upon potential for growth and comaptibility with BG’s mission. BG goes beyond a pure incubator model by responding to business and consumer demand for sustainable products and services and by partnering with other regional organizations to reach the broader community.
BioHealth Innovation (BHI) is a regional innovation intermediary that accelerates and facilitates technology transfer and commercialization of market-relevant research in federal labs, universities, and biohealth companies in the Region. It is a private-public partnership in the form of a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit that connects the Region’s innovation assets to provide integrated technical knowledge, financial means and entrepreneurial/managerial expertise to turn promise into prosperity for the region while advancing human health. The BHI Incubator is a dedicated co-working space at our headquarters in Rockville where we support our client companies with the goal of progressing the business model for the company.
The City of Bowie and Bowie State University (BSU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the Bowie Business Innovation Center (Bowie BIC) as a business incubation program at the Center for Business at Bowie State University. BSU is part of the 13-member University System of Maryland and the Bowie BIC is the first Maryland incubator to be established at a historically black college. The Bowie BIC set up as a nonprofit organization with its own independent board of directors.
bwtwech@UMBC North is a five building, 41-acre university-affiliated business park, with over 350,000 square feet of Class A office and laboratory space designed for technology companies and research institutions. The Cyber Incubator , the Northrop Grumman Cync Program, and the CyberHive is located within bwtech@UMBC North campus. The three cyber security incubation programs were created to deliver business and technical support to early stage companies providing cybersecurity-related products and services. The Northrop Grumman Cync Program builds on bwtech@UMBC’s successful business-incubation framework by offering a “scholarship program” for companies with the most promising cybersecurity ideas. Located directly adjacent to the UMBC campus and minutes from BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, the Park is convenient to a number of federal agencies and research centers such as NSA, NIH, FDA, DOE, The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical Center. bwtech@UMBC companies also benefit from the Park’s federal HUBZone and state Enterprise Zone designations. From incubators to co-working environments to full office suites for mature companies, cybersecurity is an integral part of our environment. The Cyber Incubator provides business assistance services including office hours with our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence training programs, access to UMBC student internship subsidy programs, and collaboration opportunities with UMBC faculty.
The Cyber Incubator@bwtech is a unique, innovative business incubation program that delivers business and technical support to early stage companies providing cybersecurity-related products and services. The incubator is located in a Class A office suite at the bwtech@UMBC Research Park, adjacent to the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Cyber Incubator tenants enjoy business support services from bwtech@UMBC’s experienced entrepreneurial services team, robust data connectivity, shared reception areas and conference rooms, and a strategic location along I-95 only 5 minutes and less than 15 miles from Ft. Meade and the National Security Agency. Clients have an advantage of being near a dynamic and innovative research university with nearly 14,000 students and award winning faculty. UMBC makes strides every year in innovation in information technology, engineering, science and environmental studies. Clients also have access to UMBC’s campus, including its library, dining, and fitness center. UMBC also offers a variety of degree and non-degree educatinal and training opportunities for resident businesses.
Life Sciences Incubator: bwtech@UMBC South is a nationally-recognized life-science and technology business incubation and accelerator program that is home to over 35 early-stage bioscience and technology companies. Clients enjoy 165,000 square feet of affordable office and wet lab space, flexible lease arrangements, as well as access to resources and networking opportunities to help their businesses succeed. An experienced entrepreneurial services staff provides resident companies with general business support services and access to an active network of mentors (SmartTrack) and investors (SmartCAP). Our program is unique in its affiliation with UMBC and provides for potential collaborative relationships with UMBC faculty and graduate students, and access to shared scientific equipment and other university resources.
The Maryland Clean Energy Technology Incubator@bwtech (CETI) is designed for early-stage companies working on technology advancements in solar power, wind power, biofuels, electric grid operations, and energy management and storage. Tenant companies have the opportunity to collaborate with UMBC faculty and students.
Located in one of Baltimore’s most desirable “new industrial” areas, Canton Health Ventures (CHV) provides market acceleration services to disruptive health care entrepreneurs. Through its affiliation with Sage Growth Partners, a leading health care strategy and technology firm, CHV offers early stage firms access to invaluable commercial contacts and a continuum of health care specific strategy, technology, marketing, business development and thought leadership services – all aimed at bringing high impact companies to market. With a multi-disciplinary team of health care consultants, clinicians, technologists, strategists and entrepreneurs, CHV’s subject matter experts deliver hundreds of thought-provoking presentations annually at leading health care and technology conferences in the US and abroad. Co-located with Sage Growth Partners in 3,000 square feet of modernized warehouse space, entrepreneur partners enjoy a rich interchange while leveraging the deep expertise, broad capabilities and extensive commercial contacts that Canton Health Ventures and Sage Growth Partners can provide.
The Chesapeake Innovation Center incubates entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses with unique technology products, enabling them to grow to the next level. To date, more than 50 companies have benefited from the specialized programs and assistance of the CIC, whether through top-tier networking opportunities or guidance in business plan development, human resources, product development and lifecycle, financing, contracting assistance and other tailored business support for entrepreneurial enterprises. Another 200-plus technology businesses have participated in the innovation center’s signature technology scouting program, TechBridge℠, which matches innovative technology solutions with larger enterprises seeking unique approaches to solving emerging challenges.
Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center (hotdesks) is an Eastern Shore network of coworking spaces, Salisbury being the first location opening in mid-2013. Bringing a style of working that is urban in origin to the rural Eastern Shore provides an opportunity for the region’s entrepreneurs and innovators to collide and collaborate as never before available. Supported by the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center, hotDesks serves as a core location for the startup, innovation, and creative communities to meet and collaborate together. The goal of hotDesks is to also serve as a conduit through which entrepreneurs and innovators on both Western and Eastern Shores of Maryland can connect and engage with each other.
Emerging Technology Centers (ETC) is the City of Baltimore’s award-winning technology innovation center focusing on Entrepreneurship, Technology and Connections. The ETC is a non-profit 501(c)3 venture of the Baltimore Development Corporation. The ETC offers three unique programs for entrepreneurs: Beehive Baltimore, a coworking space; Incubation, the perfect environment to get serious about your big idea and the ideal support network of the ETC; and AccelerateBaltimore, a 13-week program for up to 6 startups with $25,000 in seed funding and the goal to launch an MVP. The ETC has two diverse locations in the city of Baltimore: ETC @ Haven in Highlandtown and ETC@JHUEastern, on East 33rd Street.
Energetics Technology Center (TechFire Network) is Southern Maryland’s technology business incubation system designed to decrease technical and business risk for high-tech companies. TechFire is a hybrid model created from the best practices of several successful Maryland and national technology business incubation systems. We inspire smart and sustainable Southern Maryland business diversity, through expertise in coaching and mentoring, built upon the reputation of our parent company, Energetics Technology Center a 501(c)(3) non-profit, research and development services firm. TechFire’s vision is a healthy, technology-driven, entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports a robust, diversified Southern Maryland economy, built upon the intellectual capital that TechFire ignites throughout our region. Resident and/or affiliate membership provides not only space and a well-connected resource network, it also provides support, in the form of coaching and mentoring services. TechFire mentors assist with product development, achieving a sound customer base and back-office needs by partnering with knowledgeable service providers and tech businesses in our innovation network. Through ETC, TechFire also provides science and engineering expertise from technical business professionals and serial entrepreneurs who have been there before.
Fast Forward at Johns Hopkins University is an accelerator that serves as a catalyst for the advancement and commercialization of an array of innovations that are derived both at the University and elsewhere. The goal of FastForward is to help early ventures increase the probability of realizing their potential and bring innovation and life-changing technologies to market. This is by accomplished providing them with: Education in the form of programs, services and access to knowledgeable faculty, staff, industry and regulatory partners; Mentorship from experienced industry, startup, and funding veterans; Services from basic legal and accounting services, to business analysis, to IT infrastructure to equipment; and Affordable Space in the form of different affordable and flexible locations providing a combination of a co-working environment, dedicated office space, and both shared and dedicated lab space.
FastForward Homewood: Located in the historic Stieff Silver building near the Homewood campus, FastForward Homewood occupies 13,000 sq. ft. and offers a shared core wet lab facility, individual wet and dry labs, work benches, offices, internet access, as well as conference and meeting rooms. Tenancy in the accelerator is for up to two years, during which time FF staff work intensively with start-ups, providing cradle to IPO support. Support starts pre-tenancy for early stage ventures, and includes product models, development and validation plans, market assessment, and business structuring. Later stage ventures receive mentoring, networking, capital introductions, and continued support and guidance.
FastForward East is a new innovation hub that aims to drive more economic development in Baltimore by supporting local start-ups as they head to market. FastForward East has 6,000 square feet of office and lab space housed in the Rangos Building. There is a shared co-working space that can seat 28, six dedicated offices, and additional features, including a shared conference room, common room, and kitchen. Companies can also rent space in two wet labs—a space equipped with plumbing, ventilation, and the latest equipment for hands-on scientific research.
Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc. (FITCI) is a non-profit organization created for local entrepreneurs seeking offices, laboratory facilities, and entrepreneurial support services. FITCI’s main goal is to foster entrepreneurship in Frederick County and accelerate the development of commercially viable businesses generating continued job growth. Founded in 2004 in a public-private partnership, FITCI is supported by the State of Maryland (Department of Business & Economic Development-DBED), Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), Frederick County, Frederick City, and the local business community.
Garrett Information Enterprise Center: Located on the campus of Garrett College and funded by grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission, Economic Development Administration, the State of Maryland and Garrett County, the GIEC opened its doors in June 2002 to six tenants. The goal of Garrett County leaders is to increase new firms’ chances of survival during the early, risky years. GIEC provides a low-cost, supportive environment and a network of assistance that will enable young firms to grow. Garrett County leaders are mindful that small businesses form the core of technological innovation and provide almost eighty percent of the new jobs in the United States. Since Garrett County is a designated HUBZone, the Federal government awards contracting preferences to companies located here. Small businesses that succeed also draw from an effective network of local supporters and advisors. Incubators contribute to their clients companies’ successes by increasing available early stage capital, access to entrepreneurial education and other resources.Garrett County has much to offer these types of businesses.
Harbor Launch at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET): is an incubator for early-stage companies working to promote the development of products and services having a positive impact on the environment and human health. Incubator companies can leverage IMET’s world-class researchers, whose work includes marine bioenergy; environmental sensor development; environmental remediation; developmental biology; marine biomedicine; molecular and cellular systems and sustainable urban ports and ecosystems. Harbor Launch also connects incubator companies with the resources (people, facilities, etc.) of its partner institutions (UMCES, UMBC, and UMB) and the University System of Maryland.
Harford Business Innovation Center (HBIC) was designed for young technology companies or growth-oriented defense contractors pursuing business opportunities at Aberdeen Proving Ground. This technology incubator program in Harford County has been expanded and strengthened to be the vital business development resource which entrepreneurs and early-state technology companies seek. The Harford Business Innovation Center offers the critical combination of customized business support services in a highly flexible, furnished office space in an environment where businesses can prosper.
Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology: The IMET Business Incubator Program serves as a business incubator for young companies working to promote the development of products and services having a positive impact on the environment and human health. The scientists at IMET create technologies designed to foster the protection and restoration of coastal marine systems, sustainable use of their resources and improvement of human health. Incubation of small businesses focused on this mission will further IMET’s important role in economic development, protection of marine systems, and the promotion of human health.
Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurs need a place to call home, whether as a live-in resident or through community affiliation, where they can connect to find the resources they need to start and grow. The Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship’s Innovation Catalyst (iCat) program, formerly the NeoTech Incubator, provides just that. The iCat provides emerging technology and IP-based companies with new and innovative programs providing them access to an ever-expanding set of resources and growing community of entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, and mentors.
Montgomery County Business Innovation Network is comprised of four business incubation centers and houses over 160 young companies. The Network is operated by the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development. The support of well-functioning business innovation centers in Montgomery County, Maryland is a strong investment in the local and regional economies. Nurturing emerging companies helps build a strong local tax base, creates high quality jobs and makes our community vibrant and prosperous. Our business innovation centers help emerging growth companies develop and grow during the early years when they are most vulnerable. We also function as a business accelerator helping more established companies to achieve major milestones in technology and financing.
The Germantown Innovation Center is located on the campus of Montgomery College in Germantown, MD. The Center offers 11 wet labs (two with clean rooms), two stand alone clean rooms, shared amenities and office space. The incubator supports emerging life science companies in Montgomery County.
The Rockville Innovation Center is located in the Rockville Town Square, within walking distance of the Rockville Metro Station. The incubator offers space & services specifically for the needs of growing companies in the Health IT, Big Data, Bioinformatics, MedTech, EdTech and related, highly innovative software development industries.
The Silver Spring Innovation Center is located steps away from the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., and is situated in a Federal Hub Zone. It offers a creative atmosphere to grow advanced technology companies. Neighbors include Discovery Communications, TV One and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Just a few minutes from the Food and Drug Administration’s new world headquarters campus. This Center is in walking distance to the Silver Spring Metro and MARC commuter rail stations. It also offers convenient access to I-495, the Capital Beltway and I-95—a major north-south interstate highway serving the Eastern Seaboard.
The Wheaton Innovation Center is located in the heart of Wheaton’s $400 million, multiphase commercial, residential and retail complex—creating nearly 2 million square feet of new development and generating over $280 million in private investment. It is in one of the County’s Enterprise Zones, offering special tax incentives to eligible businesses and is literally across the street from the Wheaton Metro Station. This Center is ideally suited for current, locally-based business service, government contracting and/or professional trade businesses looking to grow.
The Technical Innovation Center @ Hagerstown Community College provides an opportunity for tech start-ups to accelerate into viable companies by providing an array of resources and services. These services include affordable facilities (wet lab and office space), business concept review, customize support services, market evaluation, manufacturing assistance, and more. They are developed or orchestrated by incubator management and are offered both in the incubator and through its network of contacts.
Technology Advancement Program @ UMCP: For over 20 years, we’ve helped entrepreneurs build some of the most successful technology companies in Maryland. The Technology Advancement Program (TAP) staff is comprised of seasoned veterans of startups and venture capital firms who will provide: business advice and support, market intelligence, introductions, access to funding, and other critical assistance that can accelerate the growth of your technology venture. TAP offers furnished offices and flexible lab space as well as a multitude of other benefits and services that can only be found at a technology business incubator situated right on the campus of one of the nation’s top research universities.
The Prince George’s County Technology Assistance Center (TAC) is an incubator program established to foster the creation and growth of early stage technology companies in Prince George’s County. As an integral part of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation, the TAC promotes economic development by fostering the successful growth of its incubator companies through provision of affordable facilities and a broad range of business and technical services. The TAC encourages and supports high-growth potential technology companies, with a preference for those developing proprietary products and services.
TU Incubator’s mission is to help entrepreneurs and early-stage companies grow and learn how to compete in today’s economy. TU Incubator offers start-up ventures the resources they need for success right at their fingertips. Located within Towson University, one of the nation’s premier metropolitan campuses, member companies have access to first-class facilities and can participate in valuable seminars and workshops on pertinent topics in the business world. They also can take advantage of personalized mentoring on issues that are unique to each company and interact, collaborate, and network with other organizations to augment the resources needed to establish a strong business foundation. Unique to TU Incubator is an EdTech virtual incubator, the first of its kind in the region offering specific support to companies in the education technology sector. TU Incubator is a part of Towson University’s Division of Innovation and Applied Research. A goal of the division is to build strong links between Towson University and the metropolitan community it serves.
The University of Baltimore’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI), serves as an entrepreneurial resource inside and outside of University of Baltimore. CEI is the “go-to” resource for entrepreneurship and value creation—a place where students, faculty, alumni and the business community connect. CEI cultivates the entrepreneurial mindset across all disciplines. Our goal is to connect the emerging and established entrepreneur to resources and opportunities that accelerates and sustains success and growth.
The Worcester County Small Business Incubator is designed to nurture the development of entrepreneurial companies by helping them survive and grow during the start-up period, when they may be considered most vulnerable. Located at 1732 Broad Street in Pocomoke City, Maryland, the Incubator offers rent at a lower cost than traditional building sites. The goal of the Incubator is to retain businesses in our community, and to build or accelerate growth in a local industry, thereby diversifying local economies.