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About the MCE

The Future Starts Here

The Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE) is an initiative of the Howard County Economic Development Authority.

The MCE provides a robust, interactive community of innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and advisors collaborating to successfully ignite innovation and launch high-growth, technology-based companies in an entrepreneurial ecosystem abundant with resources.

Centrally located in Columbia, the MCE leverages its position in the heart of the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan corridor to deliver best in class resources and services.

"Getting Shtuff  Done"

"Getting Shtuff Done" is the tagline gsd@mce indicates. The priorities of the MCE are consistent with that of the HCEDA's goals of starting, growing, and attracting new companies. Specifically, activities revolve around the three categories listed below. 


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Building a Community Connecting the Ecosystem Igniting Innovation

Entrepreneurship is a social experience, and observation of the entrepreneurial hot-spots across the country highlights a culture of entrepreneurship fueled by a strong community-feel.

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In order to foster business creation and growth, the right resources must be brought together into an entrepreneurial ecosystem. Those resources which must exist in a symbiotic and mutually supportive relationship are innovators, entrepreneurs, supporters, and investors as depicted below.

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Maryland is teaming with innovation through its proximity to federal labs and world-class research universities.  Assisting in the commercialization of the technologies resulting from these institutions presents an opportunity to expand Maryland's economic base.

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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.