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
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.
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.
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 (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.
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.