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.
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.