TechPort: Developing your Unique Path: You, your product, your team, your goals, are unique. It doesn’t make sense to send everyone down the same path.
Forcing you down a “one size fits all path”, wastes time, resources, and money. At TechPort, we listen, work with you to identify where and how you will find the success you desire. We assess, bring our expertise to your ‘secret sauce’ to bring your product to market quickly, capture maximum advantage that comes with being first-to-market. No long education processes, no setting you up to be something you’re not and/or don’t want to be. Its about discovering you as well as the market.
Most ideas don’t make it to market. Frequently, the idea and market are great, but how and who to do it with, are where the failures occur. You could spend years attempting to educate yourself (lost market time), or you can pay untold amounts to consultants (who have no ‘skin-in-the game’). At TechPort, we have a better way-we show value first, then grow with you as you succeed.
An upbeat and high-class working environment is part of success-doing the ‘controllables’ right. And it shows to investors as well. TechPort provides state-of-the-art facilities-classy offices and an ‘aircraft hanger’ style workshop for product development. As you require, we’ll bring in consultants, partners and investors. As a UMD managed facility, we connect you with university research and investment options, as well as our own investor options (no being herded in front of a few investors).
Located at the growing St. Mary’s County Airport, TechPort startups ‘rub elbows’ with other startups and established UAS, high tech, and aero companies that can support them with expertise and valuable connections. Higher education resources are next door. Become part of our growing UAS/Tech EcoSystem! UAS/Tech EcoSystem!
Reasons inventions can sit inactive:
Time requirement: too busy to pursue
Financial: inadequate funds to pursue
Spread too thin: I have too many ideas
Not interested in leaving my job
Not interested in becoming a pitch man,
Fear of losing control
Unsure of the Risk
Special Interest Groups (Defense, Commercial, Philanthropic) bring problems
InventionMuscle Group: Sharpen inventive skills, conceive solutions
Business Teams are formed, when a solution is adequately developed. Business Team Works with
customer, analyzes market, forms venture team when warranted.
Inventor role varies with interests, capabilities. Invention carries reward.
Many ideas and their markets are great, yet great ideas often go nowhere. Why? Frankly, its quite often about you and your team. Yes, you have developed all the right documents (and spent untold time learning the steps, often with educators (who have no ‘skin-in-the game’ and/or have no personal experience as an entrepreneur). You may find yourself not securing the inventor’s interest initially, or losing it thereafter. At TechPort, the unique plan we develop for you includes our working with you before, during and after the deal, ensuring you’re capturing interest and growing relationships (>60% of investor decision is on the team, and your relationship with the investor).
UMD Venture Funding Opportunities
Protecting Your Invention
Dealing with the Big3
Investors: Types, Requirements
NAWCAD Tech Transfer
Customer Discovery: UAS Example
Autonomous Cargo Unloading: "Sea Truck”
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