MARYLAND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

ORIGIN & FUNCTIONS


The Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) began in 1998 as the Maryland Science, Engineering, and Technology Development Corporation, a public instrumentality of the State (Chapter 661, Acts of 1998). Effective July 1, 2000, the Corporation was renamed the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (Chapter 13, Acts of 2000).

The Corporation helps businesses get started and grow through the commercialization of technology developed in Maryland by university researchers, the private sector, and federal laboratories. Throughout all regions of the State, the Corporation seeks to create and sustain business, and create jobs in technology-related industry.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Governing the Corporation is the Board of Directors which consists of fifteen members. Fourteen are appointed to four-year terms by the Governor with Senate advice and consent. One member serves ex officio (Code Economic Development Article, sec. 10-403).


PRESIDENT & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The President and Executive Director oversee three divisions: Business Incubation and Entrepreneurial Development; Technology Transfer and Commercialization; and University Partnerships; and are assisted by the Maryland Venture Fund.

LIFE SCIENCE INVESTMENT FUND
The Life Science Investment Fund (LSIF) assists Maryland companies developing products for human health that require approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for commercialization. The program makes investments to help companies reach critical milestones early in their product development; increase their valuation; and better position companies for follow-up investment, product commercialization, and job creation.

MARYLAND VENTURE FUND
The Maryland Venture Fund originally organized within the Department of Business and Economic Development as the Investment Financing Group in 1995. Formerly under the Department's Division of Financing Programs, the Maryland Venture Fund transferred to Technology Strategy and Business Development in December 2003, and reformed as Venture Capital under the Deputy Secretary of Business and Economic Development in 2005. It further restructured in July 2009 under the Office of Finance Programs, and in July 2012 moved to the Office of Secretary of Business and Economic Development. In October 2015, the Fund was made part of the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (Chapter 141, Acts of 2015).

Direct investment in Maryland companies is provided by the Maryland Venture Fund through Challenge Investment; Enterprise Investment; and Enterprise Venture-Capital Limited Partnership (Code Economic Development Article, secs. 6-501 through 6-529).

Challenge Investment Program. The Program initially may invest $50,000 as "seed money" in a technology-driven Maryland company. Matched with $50,000 from a co-investor, the Program provides a new business with $100,000 in capital. As the new business progresses and attains certain milestones, Venture Capital may authorize up to two increments of $25,000. The investment is to be repaid over a ten-year period. A Challenge recipient must keep its principal place of business in Maryland for three years. After two years, the business should have at least the potential to be considered for a direct equity investment from the Enterprise Investment Fund. Since FY1993, the Program has made 80 investments, totalling $4.35 million. Although the Program's investments are all start-up financing with higher risks, 75 percent of recipients are still in business, and ten recipients have qualified for direct equity investment from the Enterprise Investment Fund.

Enterprise Investment Fund. Created in late 1993, the Fund enables the Maryland Technology Development Corporation to make direct equity investments (i.e., buy stock) in "early-stage" technology-driven businesses in Maryland. Investments range from $150,000 to $500,000. The decision to invest is based on the potential return, the range of economic development, and the number of jobs that will be created. Requiring a three-to-one co-investor match, the Fund has invested $11 million in 32 firms since FY1993.

Enterprise Venture Capital Limited Partnership Fund. Since FY1995, the Enterprise Investment Fund has invested in six private sector Venture Capital Limited Partnerships to encourage private investment in early stage, high technology Maryland-based firms.


BUSINESS INCUBATION & ENTREPRENEURIAL DEVELOPMENT

Through the Maryland Technology Incubator Program, the Corporation encourages and promotes entrepreneurship and the creation of jobs in technology-related industries. To nonprofit corporations, public entities, or existing incubator programs, the Program provides matching funds for the acquisition and construction of new or expanded space, or the renovation of existing space for incubator facilities (Code Economic Development Article, secs. 10-419 through 10-426).


TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER & COMMERCIALIZATION

Within Technology Transfer and Commercialization are two units: Federal Lab Partnerships, and Technology Commercialization Funds.

SEED INVESTMENT FUNDING
Seed Investment Funding originated as the Technology Commercialization Fund and reformed in November 2016 under its present name.

The program was launched to provide "seed money" to early-stage technology companies that are economically viable but have not yet attracted venture capital investment. The Corporation helps these companies raise additional funding from federal government grants, private investors, and product sales.


UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIPS

University Partnerships formed in 2012 and is responsible for two programs: the Maryland Innovation Initiative, and the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund.

MARYLAND INNOVATION INITIATIVE
Within the Maryland Technology Development Corporation, the Maryland Innovation Initiative was created in July 2012 (Chapter 450, Acts of 2012).

The Initiative promotes the commercialization of research conducted in universities in the State. It encourages qualifying universities to partner with each other and with federal laboratories located in Maryland on commercialization and other activities. The Initiative also works to facilitate the transfer of technology from universities to commercial industries.

MARYLAND STEM CELL RESEARCH FUND
The Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund was created in 2006 (Chapter 19, Acts of 2006). Through grants and loans to public and private entities in Maryland, the Fund promotes stem cell research leading to prevention of and medical treatments for human diseases. The Fund receives appropriations through the State budget and may accept money from any other source for the benefit of the Fund (Code Economic Development Article, sec. 10-434).

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