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While the MCE offers a wide array of programs and services, it is our philosophy to not reinvent the wheel. Instead, we actively seek out mutually beneficial partnerships with organizations across the entrepreneurial ecosystem where opportunities exist to collaborate in achieving our goals. 

The categories of partners we currently have and are actively seeking include:

  • Entrepreneurial education and training
  • Community building and networking 
  • Investor groups (venture capital and angel)
  • Service providers and mentors (see our EnCorps program)
  • Innovation sources (research institutions, universities)

Contact us if you would like to discuss becoming an MCE partner and sign up for our newsletter to be kept up to date with collaborative partner events.


Current Partners 

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ACTiVATE is a technology entrepreneurship program designed specifically for experienced women. Started at UMBC in 2005, ACTiVATE was licensed to a local nonprofit, the Path Forward Center, and has been operating within the MCE since June 2011

Pitch Across Maryland Bus

Startup Maryland 

Startup Maryland is an initiative of the national Startup America Partnership, which focuses on bringing together the entrepreneurial ecosystem while igniting a culture of entrepreneurship. The MCE has played a key role in launching Startup Maryland with the MCE Executive Director serving as co-chair for the statewide-initiative. The MCE and HCEDA have also stepped up to sponsor the successful Startup Maryland's Pitch Across Maryland, which is a state-wide bus tour and business pitch competition taking place in September 2012.

 Tech Breakfast

Columbia TechBreakfast

At this monthly breakfast get-together developers, designers, and entrepreneurs, business people, and interested people share best practices, advice, and experiences by hearing from great people who are doing great tech-related thing.


Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED)

The MCE is proud to partner with DBED to further their goals of building businesses in Maryland.

 Clean Tech Open

Cleantech Open

The mission of the Cleantech Open is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today's most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. As a regional sponsor, the MCE supports and participates in regional screening and event

 Business Monthly

BizMonthly Entrepreneur Awards 

MCE is partnering with BizMonthly and the Entrepreneur Quarterly to award individuals in five different categories as "Entrepreneurs of the Year." Done in conjunction with the state-wide Entrepreneur Expo during Global Entrepreneurship week provides a way to recognize and connect successful entrepreneurs with emerging ones.



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.