Innovation & Startups

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Howard County is home to a thriving small business economy. With over 80% of the businesses in the county employing less than 25 people, HCEDA understands that our economy rides upon their success and growth.

To help the region’s innovators and startups succeed, the HCEDA has created the Maryland Innovation Center.


As a subsidiary of the Howard County Economic Development Authority, the Maryland Innovation Center (MIC) is dedicated to developing a community of innovation in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. The MIC is an incubator and accelerator home to more than 60 resident and affiliate startups and small businesses across diverse industry sectors. The MIC provides an ecosystem of support to new and existing entrepreneurs through mentorship, partnerships, and programming. MIC resources provide support for economic growth and prosperity while powering progress for its members.

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