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Women Entrepreneur Leadership Programs

TEDCO is leveraging the unique expertise of Maryland’s four Historically Black Colleges and Universities – Bowie State University, Coppin State University, Morgan State University, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore – to build an alliance of diverse founders and CEOs to enable promising women business leaders to focus on unique challenges for female entrepreneurs and as they navigate Maryland’s entrepreneurial innovation ecosystem and raise the economic standards for all. As we work together with Maryland’s HBCUs, we are creating a business multiplier for black women entrepreneurs to create sustainable and repeatable growth for Maryland.

Open Institute for Black Women Entrepreneur Excellence (Howard County Pilot Program)

About the Program

TEDCO, along with Maryland’s four HBCUs are creating a community of entrepreneurs to support each other and to provide a best-in-class entrepreneur leadership development program focused on building critical skills that foster resilience. We bring together entrepreneurial leaders in a cohort to develop a network of peer advisors and a community that seeks collaboration. TEDCO’s strategic partners at the Maryland HBCUs determine these entrepreneurs' needs at the intersection of research, tech transfer, and education. 

10-Month Program Overview

This program will take place at the Maryland Innovation Center in Columbia, Maryland. All sessions will begin at 4:30pm. Limited to 25 participants.

Program Dates:

  • June 9, 2022
  • July 14, 2022
  • August 11, 2022
  • September 8, 2022
  • October 13, 2022
  • November 10, 2022
  • December 8, 2022
  • January 12, 2023
  • February 9, 2023
  • March 9, 2023

Program Sessions:

  • Pre-Requisites for Prep Session
  • Introductory and Preparation Session
  • Leadership and Communication Workshop (8 Sessions)
  • Real World Perspectives (7 Sessions)
  • What’s Your End Game (Development Plan) (4 Sessions)


Applicants must be a founder, co-founder, or CEO whose company is at a minimum of pre-seed to growth stage and a maximum of pre-series A.

If a participant accepts admittance into the program, the only cost a participant will incur is a $250.00 registration fee to cover a portion of the assessments highlighted in the prerequisite session. Participants can miss no more than two sessions to graduate from the course. If the participant completes the course, $200.00 of their fee will be returned to them. If a participant cancels after the cancellation date, they will forfeit their registration fee.

How to Apply

Applications closed on May 16, 2022. This program is limited to 25 participants. 

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