The Maryland Business Incubation Association can point to many graduate company success stories! Below, we share some of these success stories.
Adashmore Creative entered the Towson University Business Incubator in 2013 looking for help getting to the next level. The company, founded in 2010, doubled revenue and the average client size during its year in the incubator. With help from the incubator, Adashmore Creative refined a plan to increase employees and capabilities over the next few years. www.adashmorecreative.com
Akonni Biosystems started with three employees at FITCI’s Hood College location and has now grown to over 36 employees. They are currently renting 20,000 square feet of office space in downtown Frederick and have received institutional investments totaling over $17 million. www.akonni.com
Alizee Pathology started at FITCI in 2008 with three employees and has grown to over 36
employees. They have purchased a 12,000 square foot building in downtown Thurmont and are experiencing continued growth on strong demand for high value specialized scientific services. www.alizeepathology.com
Amethyst Technologies entered an incubator in 2007 with one employee and graduated in 2011. It is currently a tenant at bwtech South with 25 employees and over $2 million in revenue. It recently opened a subsidiary in Ghana. www.amethysttech.com
ANGARAI is a professional management consulting firm with a Project Management Office (PMO), specializing in Enterprise Transformation Services and Enterprise Oversight Services was a tenant of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation’s Technology Assistance Center (TAC) Incubator from 2007 to 2011. Upon graduation from the business incubator it moved to its global headquarters in Greenbelt, MD. As of April 2014 it is a well-established company with two offices in Greenbelt, MD, and is recognized as one of the fastest growing small businesses in Prince George’s County. As an ISO 9001:2008 and CMMISM certified organization, it provides holistic solutions to its global customers through strategic business advice, organizational change management, and enterprise technology development that includes both business and architecture solutions. www.angarai-intl.com
Avicode entered the bwtech incubator in 2006, graduated in 2009 with approximately 20 employees, and was sold in 2011 for approximately $10 million.
GCC Technologies, a recipient of the 2013 Incubator of the Year Award (Graduate), is a service-disabled Veteran-owned and HUB Zone-certified company. GCC provides a wide range of technical and support services, mainly supporting the Department of Veterans Affairs and US SBA. Established in 1997, the company has grown to over 100 employees and recently graduated from the GIEC into their own facility. www.gcctechllc.com
Geostellar graduated from Bethesda Green in 2012 after raising $14 million in Series B financing. It has 28 employees as of late 2013, and provides the most sophisticated mapping, search and analytical platform for utilities, energy producers and property owners to compute solar energy potential at ground and rooftop sites.
In Vitro Technologies entered the UMBC incubator in 1992 and graduated in 1997. They developed a workforce of over 60 people and sales exceeding $10 million per year. The company was sold in 2009 for $30 million to Celsis International and continued operations at bwtech South.
Keffa Coffee, an importer of specialty-grade Ethiopian coffee, joined TowsonGlobal in 2011. Within 1 year of joining the incubator, Keffa Coffee doubled its annual revenue to exceed $1.3 million in 2011. Over half a million pounds of green (unroasted) coffee beans are imported annually by Keffa Coffee from Ethiopa, owner Samuel Demisse’s native country. Annual sales now exceed $1.7 million, and 40,000 pounds of Ethiopian coffee are imported each month. Although Keffa Coffee graduated from the incubator in 2013, it remains headquartered in Towson, MD. www.keffacoffee.com
kloudtrack® entered the Chesapeake Innovation Center (CIC) in 2009 and graduated in 2014 as a leader in cybersecurity and cloud computing (cyber/cloud) technologies and solutions services for sensitive data, process management and Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC). By 2013, kloudtrack® had achieved profitability, inked an anchor teaming agreement with Cisco Systems for its channel sales model branded as the kloudtrack® Innovation SandboxTM. www.kloudtrack.com/
Lentigen entered the bwtech incubator in 2006 with one employee and graduated in 2009 with approximately 30 employees. The company moved to expanded space in Montgomery County in 2010. www.lentigen.com
Medigen started as a client of FITCI’s business incubation program in early 2009 and graduated in March of 2013. In just three years, they grew their two-person startup company into a successful, thriving business, doubling their revenue and hiring eight employees. Medigen currently resides in a 3,000 square foot facility in the north east side of Riverside Technology Park. They are working on 2 patents and looking forward to the possibility of international collaboration with their newest venture: hosting scientists from Egypt interested in their bird flu vaccine.
Millennial Media entered ETC with four employees and $1.3 million in private equity investment one month after its founding in June 2006. The company graduated in September 2008, and by March of 2012 Millennial completed a successful initial public offering that valued the company at $1 billion. Sales were $39.4 million for the quarter ending June 30, 2012. The Company remains based in Baltimore. /www.millennialmedia.com
Moodlerooms, founded in 2005, entered the ETC Program in January 2006 with three employees and the company graduated in June 2010. When acquired by Blackboard in March 2012, the employee count had risen to 90, the annualized revenue run rate was $5.9 million, and over $15 million in private equity investment had been raised. The Company remains based in Baltimore. www.moodlerooms.com
Next Breath entered the incubator in 2000 with two employees and graduated in 2004. In 2009, the company was sold to one of its customers, but the operations remain at bwtech South with about 25 employees. www.nextbreath.net
Noxilizer entered the bwtech incubator in 2008 and graduated in 2013. The company recently raised approximately $5 million and moved to expanded space in the UMB BioPark. www.noxilizer.com
Profectus Biosciences entered the bwtech incubator in 2006 and graduated in 2009, moving into its own facility. It currently has approximately 25 employees in Maryland and has a therapeutic vaccine for HIV in clinical trials.
Receptor Biology entered bwtech incubator in 1994 and graduated in 1997. The company sold for $12 million.
Salar entered the ETC Program in August 2001 with five employees. The Company graduated from ETC in November 2004 with 10 employees and commercialized its technology 15 months later, generating sales of $850,000 in 2006. By 2010 sales were $4 million. In mid 2011 Salar was acquired by Transcend Services in an $11 million cash-for-stock transaction. www.salarinc.com/
SemaConnect launched in 2009, and created the first ChargePro™ 620 edition, and Electrical Vehicle (EV) charging software called SemaCharge before graduating from the CIC in 2012. Today the company has tens of thousands of stations deployed nationwide, is the second-largest EV charging station in the US and is expanding its international presence daily. www.semaconnect.com/
Soft-Con Enterprises, Inc entered the Prince George’s County Technology Assistance Center in 2000 with one full-time employee and become the first official TAC graduate in 2006. As of April 2014 this IT security management firm has grown into a multi-million dollar company with 44 employees and offices in Hyattsville and Largo, Maryland. www.softcon1.com
Sycamore was nurtured through its growth in the GIEC and was subsequently sold to KEYW. KEYW, with offices in five states and over 1,000 employees, currently maintains a presence in the GIEC as it serves its engineering services client base. www.sycamore.us
TechGuard Security entered the bwtech incubator in 2004 and graduated in 2008. In 2011 the company moved to the UMBC Research Park and is currently a tenant with approximately 84 employees nationwide. A subsidiary company, Bandura, was formed in 2012 and is a resident in the Cyber Incubator at bwtech@UMBC. www.techguard.com
VISICU was founded in 1998, entered the ETC Program in 1999 and commercialized its technology in 2000. Since then the Company’s growth has been rapid. In April 2006, VISICU became a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ National Stock Exchange. On February 20, 2008, VISICU was acquired by Philips Holding USA, Inc. www.healthcare.philips.com/main/products/patient_monitoring/products/eicu/
Welldoc Communications, founded in 2005 and entered the ETC Program in February 2006. At that time WellDoc had four employees and had raised $1 million in private equity investment. The Company graduated in June 2008, and the employee count is now up to 106, the current annualized revenue run rate is $8.1 million and over $13 million in private equity investment has been raised. www.welldoc.com
Wide Area Systems started at FITCI in 2009 with two employees and now has a staff of over 20. They are located in downtown Frederick, occupying 5,000 square feet of space. www.wideareasystems.com