The Urban Business Innovation Initiative (UBII) is designed to enhance technology commercialization and provide technical and business assistance to small and early-stage companies in urban Maryland.

Urban Business Innovation Initiative

The Urban Business Innovation Initiative (UBII) is designed to provide technical and business assistance to underserved early-stage companies in key urban areas.

Assistance to companies is provided by TEDCO's Venture Growth Advisors, who work in concert with our collaborative partners to assure a high level of support for these companies. Each urban region has a dedicated, highly experienced Venture Growth Advisor who evaluates potential clients and provides mentoring as well as connection to support programs offered by TEDCO and our collaborative partners.

Support programs include I-Corps, UBII project funding, the Builder Fund, partner programs, and other critical pathways to funding, education, and guidance.

UBII Fact Sheet

UBII Fact Sheet (Spanish)


How We Support Innovation In Maryland’s Urban Areas

  • Connection to support offered by collaborative partners
  • Guidance for development of emerging technologies for commercialization
  • Teaming with a network of local service providers for local small businesses
  • Providing grant and business support through UBII and collaborative partners
  • Providing general business assistance to nascent-stage companies:
    • Technology commercialization
    • Market channels
    • Financing options
    • Building a management team
    • SBIR and STTR proposal writing assistance
    • Prototype development
  • Identifying funding opportunities for early-stage companies 

Supported Sectors Include

  • Cybersecurity
  • Educational Software
  • Environmental Solutions
  • Govtech & Civic Solutions
  • Renewable Energy
  • IoT Devices
  • Nanotechnology
  • Public Health & Safety
  • Social Impact
  • Software Developers
  • Transportation & Mobility
  • Urban Farming

UBII Venture Growth Advisor

Baltimore City
Tammira Lucas, DBA

Prince George's County
Malcolm Tyson