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Building a Community

Entrepreneurship is a social experience, and observation of the entrepreneurial hot-spots across the country highlights a culture of entrepreneurship fueled by a strong community-feel. Central to the operational philosophy of MCE is creating and promoting this culture of entrepreneurship not only in Howard County but across Maryland.

Programs and Services

Some of the programs and services designed to support community building include:

  • Innovation Catalyst (iCat) Incubation Program: The iCat (formerly called the NeoTech Incubator) includes both a resident program with 25,000 square feet facility and a robust virtual program that provides support, mentorship, and resources for innovation-based companies from launch to sustainability.

  • MCE Speaker Series: Bringing together expert speakers and panelists, the MCE Speaker Series, sponsored by Sandy Spring Bank, is designed to provide educational sessions geared towards elements of starting and growing a business. Attendance is free to clients of any incubator program across the state.

  • Race for Innovation Program: Brings entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors together to turn ideas into business concepts in an afternoon.

  • Startup Maryland: Startup Maryland, a state-wide initiative FOR entrepreneurs BY entrepreneurs is a regional initiative of the Startup America Partnership. Created to ignite and celebrate entrepreneurship, Startup Maryland works across organizational and county boundaries to bring act as the connective tissue across the entrepreneurial community and ecosystem in Maryland. HCEDA actively supports Startup Maryland through participation on the organizing board and through financial support of the Pitch Across Maryland state-wide bus tour.

Howard Tech Council

The Howard Tech Council is at the epicenter of the local tech community. Our active and engaged membership base spans a variety of industries, providing members with access to a diverse collection of organizations.

Innovation Catalyst (iCat)

The MCE incubator program, called the Innovation Catalyst (iCat) helps companies accelerate the commercialization of innovative technologies.