The first phase of the Southern Maryland Innovation Network, the Charles County Innovation Center (CCIC), is now open for business and accepting applications. The CCIC, a technology incubator, is operated as a program of the Energetics Technology Center in St. Charles, MD. Although the CCIC will focus on recruiting women, minority, and veteran entrepreneurs, all technology entrepreneurs are welcome. CCIC is looking for candidates with novel ideas who want to start a business, or are interested in transferring technology from local federal labs to the global market place.
CCIC will start with both Connections, a co-working space, and the tenant program, dedicated office space. Tenants can rent an individual office or space to work, while Connections will be communal and shared. Energetics Technology Center has created this space within their suite in order to foster synergy and innovative thinking among the technology clients. Instead of working in a home office or local coffee shop, entrepreneurial minds can come and work together surrounded by people who are all focused on one thing, starting their own business. Co-working is a relatively recent phenomenon and has proven to be successful in other regions. Mentors and advisors will be assigned to both the co-working and incubator tenant programs. Both mentors and advisors will be available and will assist clients on a regular basis. While mentors are entrepreneurs who have started their own businesses and who provide strategic advice to growing companies, advisors are subject matter experts in fields such as accounting, law, or marketing. CCIC also has bundled packages of services available for services at discounted rates that are beneficial for starting technology businesses.
The Southern Maryland Innovation network also supports the Southern Maryland Vision 2020 initiative launched by Delegate John Bohanan. The Charles County Innovation Center has some great incubator models to follow. Maryland has 25 incubators, although none are in Southern Maryland. A business incubator located in Charles County will diversify our business base beyond federal jobs and generate jobs for County residents. This region is rich in innovation with over 1,800 patents having been assigned in Southern Maryland and Charles County federal labs, companies, and residents holds the largest percentage of these patents. The Charles County Innovation Center will capitalize on the talent pool within the region and foster entrepreneurs and growth-oriented businesses into successful sustainable businesses.
For more information please visit www.etcmd.com/innovation or call the CCIC Coordinator Theresa Ohle at 301-645-6637.