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The approach taken by the MCE staff and extended team of advisors and mentors goes far beyond that of just a landlord. Our passion is helping you reach your entrepreneurial business goals and we take our commitment to your success seriously.

First, the tenure of companies in our facility is designed to be long enough for them to become "sustainable" - meaning having sufficiently consistent revenues required to enter into a standard commercial lease. For most companies, that usually requires an incubation period of 2-4 years.

Once accepted into the iCat program, our team of advisors (staff and EnCorps members) meets with companies to determine what sustainable means for them and works backwards from that to develop milestones needed to reach that goal. Once milestones are established, the team works together to determine the resources needed to reach each milestone. Sample resources might include:

  • Funding
  • Personnel
  • Industry expertise and introductions
  • Partnerships

Once the plan is set, the team meets formally twice a year (minimum) but informally as often as necessary to keep the company moving forward and accessing the resources they need to be succesful.


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.