Start-up Programs

Start-up programs provide startups and early stage ventures knowledge, funding and resources necessary to launch a new business.
These programs are tailored to the needs of entrepreneurs who want to move forward and need assistance to successfully bring their concept to market.

Cybersecurity Investment Fund

Cybersecurity Investment Fund (CIF) provides up to $225,000 to support projects that advance cybersecurity technology toward commercialization. CIF enables companies to achieve early technical milestones that are critical to move cybersecurity technologies further along the commercialization pathway and lead to follow-on investments.  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)

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 >

Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII)

The Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) created as a partnership between the State of Maryland and five Maryland academic research institutions. The program is designed to promote commercialization of research conducted in the partnership universities and leverage each institution’s strengths. More >

N-STEP

The overall objective of N-STEP (NIST – Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Program) is to provide opportunities for motivated researchers to build upon the experience gained while working at NIST as they explore entrepreneurial careers.  The Program is focused on commercialization of research that has been done at NIST that are interested in forming companies to independently pursue further translational research and development of technologies specifically related to NIST’s mission, so that the technologies can be commercialized as products or services to benefit the public. 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 >

Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF)

The Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) provides up to $225,000 to support projects that advance a technology toward commercialization. TCF enables companies to achieve early technical milestones that are critical to move technologies further along the commercialization pathway and lead to follow-on investments. More >

Technology Validation

The Technology Validation Program provides funding to validate a technology for a specific application and/or to validate the market opportunity for a technology. The validation of a technology for a specific application generally involves a small proof-of-principle study to demonstrate that the technology works as intended. More>