Executive Director of the Maryland Innovation Initiative Fund at TEDCO selected

COLUMBIA, Md. (March 26, 2021)— The Daily Record selected Dr. Arti Santhanam, executive director of the Maryland Innovation Initiative Fund (MII) at TEDCO, to receive one of the 2021 Maryland’s Top 100 Women awards.

“The MII board is thrilled that our strategic thought leader, Dr. Santhanam, is being recognized with the 2021 Maryland’s Top 100 Women Award,” said Robert Hallenbeck, MII board chairman.  “Arti’s unwavering commitment to making an impact on Maryland’s innovation ecosystem, to include supporting more than 100 startups from our research universities that have raised more than $535 million in follow-on funding, provides a model for all of us to pursue.”Arti Santhanam

The Daily Record’s Top 100 Women awards, founded in 1996, recognizes outstanding achievements by women demonstrated through professional accomplishments, community leadership and mentoring. More than 1,500 women have been presented with the honor over the years.

“We, at TEDCO, are pleased that Dr. Santhanam’s transformational accomplishments in civic and professional endeavors are being recognized by The Daily Record in such a significant way,” said TEDCO’s CEO and executive director, Troy LeMaile-Stovall. “Arti’s work to help foster new technologies towards creating businesses, as well as her volunteer work that has helped fund groundbreaking research to treat stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, attests to her spirit of giving hope and support wherever needed.”

A panel of business professionals, previous Maryland’s Top 100 Women honorees and representative of The Daily Record reviewed the final applications and selected this year’s honorees.

"This year's Maryland's Top 100 Women are navigating Maryland businesses through extraordinary times. They are defining the new normal while also leading their teams from survival to success," said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, group publisher of The Daily Record. "In addition, this year's honorees are actively involved in their communities while also mentoring the next generation of leaders. We at The Daily Record are pleased to honor them."

The winners will be honored May 13 at a virtual celebration from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Top 100 Women

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TEDCO, the Maryland Technology Development Corporation, enhances economic empowerment growth through the fostering of an inclusive entrepreneurial innovation ecosystem. TEDCO identifies, invests in, and helps grow technology and life science-based companies in Maryland. Learn more at

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