New website, TEDCOMD.COM, launches to enhance access to startup resources  
As TEDCO continues to evolve to provide more services and expand critical initiatives to better meet startups' needs, we have launched a new TEDCOMD.COM website. TEDCO partnered with LMD Agency, a woman-owned, full-service strategic communications agency that has been operating in Maryland for over 40 years.
The revamped website showcases TEDCO as a leader in supporting entrepreneurial and innovation development with fresh content and user-friendly navigation. As you explore our new website, you’ll see it was designed with the entrepreneur and TEDCO stakeholder in mind—optimized to easily and efficiently navigate the right resources for startups at any stage of development. For example, “ Get Started ” takes interested entrepreneurs through an assessment to match them to TEDCO resources.
You’ll also have access to the latest information, news, and contacts for each of the TEDCO programs, from funding and investment to mentoring and operational support .
The website also highlights the backbone of Maryland’s entrepreneurial ecosystem: companies with a successful record of bringing innovation to market, and positing Maryland as a hub for advancement in technology and life sciences.
Finally, we encourage you to stay connected with TEDCO by frequenting the News and Events page to find out about program updates, new funding awards, and opportunities for entrepreneurs to connect with highly-skilled, successful startup executives. Also be sure to submit your upcoming events for us to post on our calendar.

The Latest on Innovation &
Entrepreneurship in Maryland
October 2018

Join us for TEDCO's Annual Entrepreneur Expo & Stem Cell Symposium!

Bringing entrepreneurs from all around together at one place! This is the premier event in Maryland showcasing all the resources to help entrepreneurs to learn, connect and be inspired.

Steve Case, Co-Founder, AOL
Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, III, President, UMBC

Sally Temple, PhD, Co-Founder, Neural Stem Cell Institute

When: October 30, 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Where: The Hotel at The University of Maryland
What's Happening
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has granted 24 awards for $125,000 in FY 2018 under the Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program. Recipients include state and local economic development entities, Small Business Technology Development Centers, Women's Business Centers, incubators, accelerators, colleges, and universities that provide support to small businesses developing and commercializing high risk technologies. Kudos to Ron Kaese! 

TEDCO Announces New Board Member
 Tina Williams-Koroma

TEDCO’s new Gateway Executive Service is becoming increasingly popular among the Maryland community of entrepreneurs. Just in the past 30 days, three additional companies began to receive assistance through this service which provides a TEDCO portfolio company or potential portfolio company with up to 40 hours of assistance in preparing a specific deliverable. June Brain and Plum Dragon are each now receiving assistance with pre-FDA planning, and Tarsier Optics is receiving assistance with preparing a Federal Government marketing strategy.
Since launching the Gateway Executive Service in early May, eight companies have used the service with another four companies in the queue. Early feedback has been excellent; Anne Stuckey of HoneIn said “I can’t say enough good things about the TEDCO Loaned Executive program. We’re now in a much better place with our sales and marketing planning and fully equipped with what we need to continue to grow as a company.”

So, you want to start or expand a business and even have a market segment in mind; but why develop your own technology if you can get what you need from the fruits of your taxpayer dollars. Yes, your taxes fund the federal government.

The Federal Labs do research and development and often come up with technology that has both a government and a commercial use. As an entrepreneur, why not look at what is available and see what can help your business grow and grow faster?

October 30th, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The Hotel at The University of Maryland

Join us in celebrating 20 years of Leading Innovation To Market

Lean Startup Validation Methods for Data Driven Outcomes
October 10th, 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Betamore City Garage

The most common reason for startup failure is that companies fail to adequately capture key insights and design for customer and partner pain points. How can you, the entrepreneur, avoid that trap? How can you make sure you are building something someone will pay for?
The National Science Foundation’s I-Corps program is all about evidence-based startups. It is an intensive program of customer discovery focused on finding evidence of real world problems to solve and creating product-market fit. Learn the substance behind the program and take away a basic toolkit for application to your own commercialization plans.

TEDCO Women's Entrepreneur Panel with Smitha Gopal, Margaret Roth, Joni Daniels & Jeehye Yun at ETC
October 11th, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
ETC Baltimore

Startup Grind Baltimore & TEDCO partner on a Baltimore Innovation Week networking happy hour.

Channel Strategies to Accelerate the Sales Process
October 24th, 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Betamore City Garage

Product ready for distribution? Check.   Marketing budget verified? Check. Adequate funding? Check.   Go-to-market strategy…Under Construction!  
This session will explore the utilization of sales channels to reach clients and expedite the buying process. Learn the pitfalls to avoid as your team builds a robust sales channel strategy as well as implement key profitability metrics in order to measure progress. Recruitment of internal sales teams will also be discussed.

TEDCO Announces New Members to Maryland Innovation Initiative Board
Board appointments represent expertise of Maryland’s academic research institutions.

TEDCO Announces First Round of 2019 Stem Cell Program Awards
Request for applications for the next round is now available.

TEDCO portfolio companies, Galen Robotics and Sisu Global Health, to pitch at Beta City competition on Oct. 4th 
Two of the six companies selected to pitch at the BetaCity Pitch Competition are TEDCO portfolio companies.

First of $8.2 million in stem cell research funds awarded by TEDCO
TEDCO has doled out the first round of funding to companies and researchers working on stem cell.

Proscia Closes $8.3M Series A Round of Financing
Proscia , a TEDCO portfolio company, has closed an $8.3 million round of Series A financing from a group of East and West Coast venture capital firms. The funding was led by Boston-based  Flybridge Capital Partners  and included  Emerald Development Managers Fusion Fund Razor’s Edge Ventures , and  RobinHood Ventures .  

Neuraly, a JHU startup, launched with $36 million: Targets Neurodegenerative Diseases
Maryland based Neuraly surged forth from the start-up gate with $36 million in Series A funding that will finance the company's research into the development of therapies for neurodegenerative disorders.

TRX Systems Demonstrates 3D Mapping and GPS-Denied Personnel Tracking for First Responder and Military Operations at Thunderstorm 18-2
TRX is a recipient of a TEDCO ICE Award for Corporate Excellence
The TRX NEON® Personnel Tracker Solution was selected to participate in a DoD sponsored technology demonstration to address challenges encountered during humanitarian, first responder, and military operations within urban and subterranean environments.

Cybersecurity Pros Cover Vital Cyber Practices
Gaithersburg Economic Development, Maryland Department of Commerce and TEDCO helped organize a cybersecurity panel for small and medium sized business owners.

Tandem Product Academy, a program to assist tech entrepreneurs in the greater Washington region to scale product-based businesses
Founded with regional cooperation from governments, business, technology and economic development organizations, universities and nonprofits in Virginia, Maryland and District of Columbia. 

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