Mission

“Our mission is to get you to success. When you win, our stakeholders and our supporting community win.”

The incubator endeavors to help diversify the local business environment of Southern Maryland. Operated under contract by the University of Maryland, TechPort targets startup and early stage companies that specialize in unmanned and autonomous systems and commercialization of Navy technology. The incubator offers premier office and development space, including high quality 3-D printers, a general machine shop, strategic advising, and expanded funding opportunities. For more information on how to become a client or invest in these businesses, contact us today!

All About TechPort

TechPort is Southern Maryland’s new business incubator located at St. Mary’s County Airport. Initiated and supported by Navy, County, University of Maryland (UMD), and Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) stakeholders, TechPort’s charter is to grow the area’s economic base by accelerating innovation and assisting entrepreneurs to create and build new tech-based companies. UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) and other autonomous systems are a prime focus of the incubator, given TechPort’s unique ‘UAS Central’ ecosystem and assets: Naval Air Station Patuxent River, NAWCAD/Navy Tech Transfer, St. Mary’s County airport location with UMD’s UAS Test Site next door, UAS companies, and aligned higher education resources St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM), College of Southern Maryland (CSM), University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland (SMHEC) and its upcoming facility for autonomous systems.

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TechPort began operations in April 2018. Services include venture assessment, planning and ongoing business consulting, and investor relationship development. Specific advisor team skills include extensive commercial experience, IP (Intellectual Property) strategy and protection, deal making, marketing and high tech project management. Limited to tech-only, TechPort to date has assisted clients with their innovation and business in UAS, autonomous systems and solar technology. In addition to membership, TechPort opportunities include the InventorMuscle ℠ group (supports and celebrates inventing) and monthly Tech Talks and other opportunities to accelerate connection with stakeholders and discuss topics of interest to new entrepreneurs.

Our TechPort Team

THOMAS LUGINBILL
THOMAS LUGINBILLTechPort Director

As the Director of TechPort, the UAS business incubator of Southern Maryland, Tommy Luginbill works to connect entrepreneurs …

Community Liaison
Intern
Community Manager

Strategic Partners

University of Maryland - Division of Researach
NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER AIRCRAFT DIVISION
St. Mary's County - Department of Economic Development
TEDCO

Community Partners

UAS Test Site
The Patuxent Partnership
America's SBDC
Pax Space
Southern Maryland Innovation and Technology

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Advisory Board Members

The function of our advisory board is to offer assistance to TechPort with anything from marketing to managing human resources to influencing the strategic direction of the facility.

Julie Lenzer: UMD Chief Innovation Officer
Chris Kaselemis: Director, St. Mary’s County Department of Ec. Dev.
Matt Scassero: Director, UMD UAS Test Site
Steve Wall: Senior Business Development Field Representative, Southern Maryland at Maryland Department of Commerce

Angela Singleton: Manager, Pre-Seed Builder Fund, TEDCO
Ken Reed: Managing Partner, S. Hunt Aero
Paul Ausley: Co-Founder & CEO of TerraView360, Inc
Rick Tarr: Director, Tech Transfer Office at Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD)
Satish Tamboli: Director, UMD MTech

Resources

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      Location: UAS Central

        • St. Mary’s County Airport is a rapidly expanding hub of defense/aero and manufacturing companies surrounding TechPort, offering additional strategic and unique resources to assist our startups.
        • University of Maryland UAS Test Site is a major strategic partner and located next door to the TechPort hanger. These inhouse specialists are available to assist your UAS company in getting off-the-ground with expertise in performing testing, securing the authorization for test flights, and expert  advice in all phases of UAS product development.
        • Did you know that TechPort is part of a newly established Innovation District? The area surrounding TechPort and the airport is quickly transforming into an exciting Innovation District which will include development of the University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland (USM) Autonomous Vehicle Research Facility, situated next to the existing USM Higher Education Center and become part of a campus where students can complete degrees in engineering related to UAS systems. The Center will also house graduate research programs. Ground-breaking for the research facility is scheduled for Fall of 2019. The larger Innovation District plan includes enticing eateries, coffee shops, entertainment, stores and other amenities to attract and maintain a tech-oriented workforce to support the growing and vibrant innovation community of Southern Maryland

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Facilities

Offices, Workshops, Common Area Facilities:

Its no secret that working in a positive working environment improves your attitude and results. Introducing your company to investors in TechPort’s facilities starts you off with a great first impression.

TechPort offers a wide variety of premier 1-3 person offices, including traditional “hard wall”, high wall partition, and cubicles. Partition Offices offer reconfiguration opportunity to meet your specific needs.

       

Lobby & Shared Services Desk                           Deal Room                                                             Connection Cafe

       

High Strength Carbon Fiber 3D Printer           Mega Size 3D Printer                                           Machine Shop

       

Hardwall Workshop/Offices                                Partition-Workshop Offices                                Special Event Space

The TechPort Marketing Advantage

As a TechPort client, you’re being continuously marketed via traditional and digital services. Traditional marketing includes: signage (inside/outside the building), newsletters, newspaper articles, and event speaking opportunities (including TechPort LunchBox Talks, TechAfterHours, and special events such as our annual Hangar Party). Digital marketing includes TechPort webpage and social media outlets.