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Accelerators and Networking

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Sometimes the best ideas come from networking with local mentors, businesses and entrepreneurs. Make some connections with other businesses in your area.


Accelerators are programs that helps new entrepreneurs gain the tools, skills, mentorship and advice that they need to build a valuable company. Accelerators are extremely competitive and typically share the risk with you by taking equity in your company vs. having you pay an upfront fee for tuition.

See the table below for a list of Maryland Accelerators. Looking for a physical space for your early stage company? Visit our interactive find an incubator tool

Accelerator ​Location​Focus
Baltimore CityBio, IT, Ed.Tech
​Accelerator for the Commercialization of Technology (ACT)​Howard​Technology
F3Tech Accelerator
​Eastern Shore
​Technology (Agriculture, Aquatic, Environment)
​Baltimore City​​Bio, Health IT
Relevant Health​​​Rockville
​Health​ IT

Watch the video below to learn more about FastForward, an accelerator at Johns Hopkins.


Technology Organizations

Check out these tech organizations that stimulate innovation, promote technology, host training and networking events, and provide specialized support to tech businesses in their region. 

Entrepreneurship Organizations and Programs

It takes a lot of knowledge and hard work to become a good entrepreneur. Those looking for advice from peers should check out our robust system of incubators or these organizations that assist entrepreneurs with training, investment leads, technical assistance and a myriad of resources:​

Selected Partners

Maryland sponsors or is associated with the following partners that offer networking opportunities through events and membership: