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.

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 Advisors

Baltimore City
Tammira Lucas, DBA
301-491-7034
tlucas@tedco.md

Prince George's County
Tiffany Davis
240-412-2435
tdavis@tedco.md