Expansion Programs

Expansion programs are available to assist existing companies that are in position to advance to the next stage of commercial viability but need outside capital investment and guidance to move forward.

Our goal is to assist these companies as they seek to secure follow on investment from angel and venture funds.

Seed Investment Fund

TEDCO’s Seed Investments exist to support certain types of Maryland companies in their effort to develop and commercialize new technology-based products. TEDCO makes investments in these companies so they can reach a critical milestone in their product development efforts and advance their technologies further along the commercialization pathway, which will increase the company’s valuation and lead to follow-on investment, sustainability, and job creation.More >

Life Science Investment Fund

The Life Science Investment Fund (LSIF) exists to meet the needs of Maryland companies developing products addressing human health that require approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for commercialization. The LSIF program helps to move products along this pathway by making investments that will enable companies to reach critical milestones early in their product development efforts, to increase the company’s valuation, and to better position the company for follow-on investment, product commercialization, and job creation. More>

Maryland Entrepreneurial Resource List (MERL)

The Maryland Entrepreneurial Resource List provides a list of entrepreneurs who are available to mentor or provide leadership to early stage companies or other MERL entrepreneurs based on their experience. More >

Executive Exchange Program

Executive Exchange is a multi-tiered initiative designed to cut across all TEDCO funding programs by offering supplemental stage-appropriate assistance to portfolio company entrepreneurs. The integrated nature of the initiatives that make up this Program are unique within the State and will extend Maryland’s existing array of entrepreneurial assistance efforts – helping executives grow and mature alongside their start-ups translates into higher success rates for their ventures.  More>

Rural Business Innovation Initiative (RBI2)

The Rural Business Innovation Initiative (RBI2) assists start up and small technology-based businesses in the rural areas of Maryland to advance the company to a higher level of success. The program offers professional ongoing mentoring and targeted projects to help companies succeed at no cost to the company. More >

Gap Investment Fund

TEDCO has a long history of supporting the commercialization of technology from proof-of-concept studies through its university and federal laboratory technology transfer programs to seed-stage investments through its Seed Investment Funds.  More recently, the Maryland Venture Fund was moved to TEDCO giving the organization the ability to also make early-stage venture investments.  While together these resources provide a strong continuum of funding from product concept to scaling a company, there still remains a funding gap for companies that need to acquire customers and find themselves between a Seed Investment (technology and market validation) and a Venture Investment (scaling a business).  To address this need, TEDCO has established the Gap Investment Fund. More>

Gateway Services

TEDCO Gateway Services are intended to assist a promising start-up company accelerate its path toward key milestones.  Our Gateway Services take several different forms, depending on the stage of the company and an assessment of its likely path forward. The TEDCO Gateway Team collaborates with the start-up company and its other advisors to create an advisory solution that complements and augments the other assistance being received by the entrepreneur. More>