Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs need a place to call home, whether as a live-in resident or through community affiliation, where they can connect to find the resources they need to start and grow. The Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship’s Incubator provides just that.

The program provides emerging technology and IP-based companies with new and innovative programs providing them access to an ever-expanding set of resources and growing  community of entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, and mentors.

The Program Includes:

Residents with a dedicated office
Businesses connecting remotely as Affiliates
Entrepreneurs who connect with our advisers and mentors
Leaders who mentor, teach and guide

We encourage you to check out our entrepreneurial community served by a dedicated team of experts.


Based in Columbia, Maryland, (see map) the 25,000 square foot facility that houses the MCE provides space for startups to work, meet, and connect. With an abundance of common space and engaged entrepreneurs, the energy is always a-buzz.

Some highlights include:

  • Office space with flexible lease terms and office sizes to accommodate your growth
  • Six conference rooms, four with presentation media capability
  • Mail room with private mail boxes, copier, and binding equipment
  • The Innovation Cafe, with comfortable seating, gourmet coffee, and free wi-fi
  • A break room including a pool table as well as a refrigerator, coffee maker, and microwave

9250 Bendix Road NORTH
Columbia, Maryland 21045
Main Phone: (410) 313-6550
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Our Approach

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.