Answer the following questions in a way that describes your company. Be honest and thoughtful in your responses. The use of this tool is solely for the purpose of helping you understand your company's stage of maturity and the steps you need to take to best position your company for a TEDCO investment.
There are 9 questions. The assessment should take you less than 5 minutes.
The following table provides a summary of your company's stage of readiness for a TEDCO investment. Each stage is achieved when you have completed all of the requirements for that stage in all of the categories. Companies completing the requirements of Stage 4 are likely to be competitive for a TEDCO Investment.
TEDCO's Advisory Services Available for Companies at your Stage
Based on your calculated stage of readiness, the following TEDCO programs are available to you to help you advance to higher stages of readiness.
TEDCO has curated a number of on-line educational resources for entrepreneurs. These resources can be useful when learning to assess your opportunity and to validate assumptions about your business.
TEDCO has free marketing databases available for entrepreneurs.
Prelude Pitch Sessions
Once a month, TEDCO holds pitch sessions for entrepreneurs who want to get feedback on the their stage of readiness and suggestions on how to progress to the next level.
Start-Up Orientation Forum
Once a month, TEDCO holds a forum for first-time entrepreneurs who want to find out more about how to get started and what TEDCO can offer.
The Pre-seed Builder Fund (or Builder Fund) was created to financially and operationally support the development of startup companies run by entrepreneurs who demonstrate a socially or economically disadvantaged background that hinders access to traditional forms of capital and executive networks at the pre-seed stage. Companies selected for a Builder Fund qualify for investment and/or executive support to better position the company to receive follow-on, professional investment. The Builder Fund differentiates itself by identifying exceptional investment opportunities that are often overlooked by traditional funding organizations, by advancing the development of those opportunities. This program supports TEDCO’s overall mission of identifying, investing in, and helping to build great, Maryland-based companies that grow and last.