Your Coworking Network for Innovation & Startups on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

Your coworking network on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

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HotDesks is the Eastern Shore’s connection to the Maryland startup and entrepreneur ecosystem. An initiative of the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center serving the eight counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, hotDesks offers a network of coworking spaces, entrepreneur and innovation training, and access to capital for high-growth, scalable startup and growth businesses. READ MORE


Funding & Investment

Startup investment is an important part of the entrepreneurial experience and success. HotDesks provides access to numerous funding and investment opportunities throughout the state of Maryland’s startup ecosystem.

Mid-Atlantic Venture Association

For more than 25 years, MAVA has served the full community of innovators, companies, private capital, suppliers, and key advisors needed to build successful businesses from startup to exit. From venture to private equity, angel to growth equity and family office to corporate strategic, MAVA brings together the full spectrum of capital and key resources necessary to accelerate the growth of companies across industry sectors and stages of development.


TEDCO is an independent instrumentality of the State of Maryland, established by the Maryland General Assembly in 1998, to facilitate the creation of businesses and support their growth in all regions of the State. TEDCO’s role is to be Maryland’s leading source of funding for early-stage, technology-based businesses; to provide other business assistance to entrepreneurs throughout the State; and to foster technology transfer and commercialization from the State’s universities and Federal labs. TEDCO is leading innovation to market in Maryland and contributing to a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem in the State through its various programs and funds.

Shore Hatchery

The Shore Hatchery will fund up to $200,000 a year to be available to those applying for grants through the Shore Hatchery program. Shore Hatchery board of directors members select recipients based on multiround presentations. The goal of the Shore Hatchery is to reward individuals for their entrepreneurial efforts in the creation and growth of businesses with the potential of positively impacting regional employment within three years.

Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center

Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center (ESEC) manages a portfolio of revolving loan funds available to entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout the Eastern Shore. A non-traditional funding source that is more accessible than traditional bank financing, startups and existing businesses are invited to apply for loans up to $200,000. Applications are accepted every six weeks.



F3 Tech

The F³ Tech Accelerator Program provides funding and support for early-stage companies to prepare them for potential investment from the F3 Tech Seed Fund, industry partners, and investors.

Blog Posts

Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center to Transfer Management of hotDesks Locations to Local Operators

Easton, MD (June 21, 2022) – Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center (ESEC) announced today it is transferring its hotDesks locations to local operators effective July 1, 2022. Originally created in 2013 to meet the needs of entrepreneurs on the Eastern Shore, hotDesks provides access to co-working spaces and conference facilities, as well as entrepreneur and innovation training.

What is Coworking, Why Is It Becoming So Popular – and What Can It Offer YOU?

What is coworking? Coworking can be defined as working independently in a shared space. Find out what it can offer you.

Resources for Small Business Owners on the Eastern Shore

Anyone starting a business or wanting to take a business to the next level – especially in today’s environment – faces many challenges and problems. Smart business owners take advantage of every resource they can to meet these challenges and solve these problems. Fortunately for hotDesks members on the Eastern Shore there are several resources that can help them start a business or take one to the next level.