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Everything You Need To Know About Funding a Venture in Baltimore
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Contrary Capital Venture Investment

Contrary Capital is a pre-seed, university-focused VC firm with a nationwide network of 100+ talented students across 40+ of the top entrepreneurship universities. Contrary invests in companies buil…

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Elevation Awards

The Elevation Awards provide planning grants of $10,000 and personalized support to people of color who are Baltimore City residents piloting novel approaches to strengthen Baltimore communities. …

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Idea, Early
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Social Impact

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Mature
Debt
Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority (MSBDFA)

MSBDFA promotes the viability and expansion of businesses owned by economically and socially disadvantaged entrepreneurs. MSBDFA uses include working capital, supplies and materials, machinery and equ…

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Maryland Defense Cybersecurity Assistance Program

The Maryland Defense Cybersecurity Assistance Program (DCAP) provides funding and assistance for Defense Contractors to comply with the DFARS and NIST 800-171 Standards for cybersecurity. The program …

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Defense, Cybersecurity

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Mature
Debt
LEDC Growth Loan

Up to $250K for Established Small Businesses with at least two years in operations, seeking capital to grow/expand operation.…

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Early Light Ventures

Early Light Ventures is a Value Investor Obsessed with Providing Tremendous Lift to Seed-Stage Enterprise Software Startups…

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Enterprise Software, Software

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Established
Tax Credits
Small Business Relief Tax Credit

The Small Business Relief Tax Credit is a refundable tax credit available to small businesses that provide their employees with paid sick and safe leave.

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TEDCO Seed Fund

We work alongside our entrepreneurs as partners to drive the next wave of startups. We leverage our diverse operating and investing experience to uncover opportunities to add value throughout the life…

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NewSpring Healthcare

NewSpring Healthcare partners with management teams to accelerate the success of differentiated healthcare companies, delivering capital for growth, recapitalizations, and mergers & acquisitions.NewSp…

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Health IT, Healthcare, Health Technology, Pharmaceuticals

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Maryland Innovation Initiative

Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) promotes the commercialization of research conducted in partnership with Maryland universities and institutions.…

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Technology

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Mature
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Revolving Loan Funds

BDC’s Revolving Loan Funds may be used for acquisition and improvement of land, facilities and equipment, including demolition, site preparation, renovation and new construction. These loans are for u…

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Growth
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Calvert Street Capital Partners

Founded in 1995, Calvert Street Capital Partners is a lower middle market investment firm based in Baltimore, Maryland. Over our history, we have developed a strong commitment to investing across the …

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Industrial Services, Technology, Manufacturing, Health IT, Health Technology

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NewSpring Mezzanine

Mezzanine partners with business owners—either independently or with other financial sponsors—to build growth, acquisitions, and recapitalizations by providing mezzanine debt and equity tools.NewSprin…

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Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Business Services, Manufacturing, Technology

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Idea
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Creative Baltimore Fund

The Creative Baltimore Fund grant program provides $235,000 in funding to more than 50 local individual artists and established nonprofit cultural organizations within Baltimore City. …

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Nonprofits, Arts and Culture

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Early
Grants
Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program (MIPS)

Grants for Technology Product DevelopmentMarket-driven new technology and innovation leads to new products and new jobs. Creating jobs in innovative Maryland companies is what the Maryland Industri…

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Technology, Higher Education

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Nexus Strategy

We invest in biomedical technology companies created by world-renowned, serial scientist-entrepreneurs with a proven track record in spinning out and starting up category-defining businesses.…

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Biomedical, Technology, Health Technology, Biohealth

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Idea
Grants
Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund (MSCRF)

Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund (MSCRF) was established by the governor and the Maryland General Assembly under the Maryland Stem Cell Research Act of 2006. The purpose of the fund is to promote stat…

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Biotechnology, Life Sciences, Healthcare, Stem Cells

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Abell Grant Funding

The Foundation awards three types of grants:seed funding for start-ups and demonstration programs aimed at finding innovative solutions to recalcitrant problems; support for ongoing projects that prov…

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Social Impact, Environmental, Economic Development, Technology

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See Jane Invest

See Jane Invest teaches entrepreneurs, startups, and creatives how to communicate their vision, plan for growth, and pitch to partners, collaborators and investors.…

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Film & Media, Social Impact, Digital Media

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Tax Credits
Opportunity Zone Program

The Opportunity Zone program is a nationwide initia​tive ​administered by the U.S. Treasury created under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Job​s Act. The program provides federal tax incentives for investment in…

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Squadra VC

Squadra is an early-stage Baltimore-based venture capital fund founded by experienced operators. We invest from Pre-Seed to Series A and apply significant resources to help our entrepreneurs dominat…

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Maryland Venture Fund

The Maryland Venture Fund is an early-stage, evergreen venture capital fund dedicated to funding and growing the next generation of outstanding businesses in Maryland. We are an experienced team with …

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New Market Venture Partners

New Markets Venture Partners is a leading early- and growth-stage venture capital firm that invests in and helps build transformative education, information technology and business services companies …

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Education, Technology

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Social Innovation Fund

Humanim’s Social Innovation Fund directly supports our Social Enterprise Division, dedicated to creating jobs and economic opportunity in some of our most challenged communities.With a foundation in…

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Social Impact, Economic Development, Community Development, Workforce Development

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Grit Fund

The Grit Fund (TGF) provides monetary awards--up to $7,000--to encourage the presentation and development of projects that contribute to the vibrancy and development of Baltimore’s arts and cultural l…

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Idea, Early
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Arts and Culture, Community Development, Film & Media

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Mature
Debt
Maryland Economic Adjustment Fund (MEAF)

MEAF assists small businesses with upgrading manufacturing operations, developing commercial applications for technology, or entering into and competing in new economic markets.…

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Construction, Technology, Manufacturing, Consumer Services, Industrial Services, Pipeline Services

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Growth
Debt
Patriot Capital

Patriot Capital focuses on investment opportunities in small and medium-sized privately-held companies having annual revenues of $10 to $200 million typically investing between $3-20 million in transa…

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Business Services, Consumer Services, Consumer Products, Manufacturing, Distribution, Education, E-Commerce, Transportation, Telecom, IT

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Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund

The Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund invests in companies with innovative solutions that can help improve air and water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Investments are jointly selected by inv…

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Social Impact, Environmental, Sustainability, Renewables, Agriculture, Aquacultural, Green/Clean Energy

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Mature
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BCL Subordinate Financing Loan Program

The BCL Subordinate Financing Loan Program is for experienced developers (including non-profits) and individual investors with plans to rehabilitate properties in a single project in low- and moderate…

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Community Development

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Growth
Equity
NewSpring Growth

NewSpring Growth partners with talented management teams of industry-transforming, high-growth companies. We support growth through organic initiatives as well as mergers & acquisitions. NewSpring Gro…

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Business Services, Technology, IT

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Stanley Ventures

As the venture capital arm of Stanley Black & Decker, our mission is to deliver cutting-edge innovation to Stanley Black & Decker from the outside. We do this by investing in startups, bringing Stanle…

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Healthcare, Construction, Tools and Storage, Commercial Security, Pipeline Services, Infrastructure Products

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Mature
Mixed
Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund (MEIF)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund (MEIF), administered by the Maryland Department of Commerce, offers a state match to private funds raised in support of endo…

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Higher Education

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ExportMD

​​​​The ExportMD Program helps to offset some of the costs of marketing internationally for Maryland's small and mid-sized companies. …

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BCL Commercial Property Mixed Use Loan Program

BCL supports the rehabilitation of property in residential and commercial districts in underserved Baltimore neighborhoods with its financial products. This product provides funding at an attractive r…

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SBA Loans

Financial assistance for new or existing businesses through guaranteed loans made by area bank and non-bank lenders. The Baltimore District Office assisted 611 businesses in obtaining $246 Million in …

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Enlightenment Capital

Enlightenment Capital is a private investment firm that provides flexible capital solutions to middle market businesses in the Aerospace, Defense & Government (ADG) sector.…

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Government, Defense, Aerospace, Cybersecurity

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Tax Credits
Job Creation Tax Credit (JCTC)

Businesses that create a minimum number of new full-time positions may be entitled to state income tax credits of up to $3,000 per job or $5,000 per job in a "revitalization area." BENEFITProvide a…

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Dingman Center Angels

The Dingman Center Angels is a Maryland based angel investment group that provides funding to early-stage companies located within the Mid-Atlantic region. Our members are entrepreneurs, CXO's, ventur…

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Technology

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Baltimore Micro Loan Fund

The Baltimore Micro Loan Fund provides existing and start-up small businesses with financing for working capital, furniture, fixtures, machinery, and equipment. …

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Grants
MECU Neighborhood Event Grant

The MECU Neighborhood Event Grants program awards cash grants to Baltimore City nonprofit neighborhood associations and community-based organizations for the purpose of producing a free to the public …

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Nonprofits, Education, Arts and Culture, Community Development

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Black Futures Micro-Grant

The BLACK FUTURES MICRO-GRANT is a no-strings-attached micro-grant for changemakers serving Greater Baltimore.Each month community members will vote on which organization or individual receives the a…

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Growth
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Greenspring Direct Investments

We lead or participate in financing rounds in growth stage companies, serve as a syndicate partner in early stage rounds, and provide liquidity for companies and their employees across multiple stages…

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Technology

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Microenterprise Loan Program

The Maryland Microenterprise Loan Program expands opportunities for microenterprise development, creates new opportunities for small business development and sustains local economies in Maryland commu…

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Program for Investors in Microentrepreneurs (PRIME)

This grant will provide funding for private, nonprofit microenterprise development organizations; microenterprise development programs run by State/Local/Tribal Governments; or Indian tribes intereste…

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Nonprofits

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Early Stage Venture Investment

We make venture capital and private equity investments in early-stage companies in the Mid-Atlantic region, typically investing $250K to $1.0M in a single round. When larger financing rounds are neede…

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Technology, Software, Cybersecurity, IoT, Digital Media, Biology, Government, Defense

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Early
Grants
N-Step

The overall objective of N-STEP (NIST – Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Program) is to provide opportunities for motivated researchers to build upon the experience gained while working at NIST…

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Harbor Bank Business Loans

The Harbor Bank offers business checking, savings, time deposits, credit cards, debit card, commercial real estate, personal, home improvement, automobile, and other installment and term loans.  

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NewSpring Holdings

NewSpring Holdings—a holding company rather than a fund—allows us to employ a long-term, buy-and-build approach in the lower-middle market. We help scale growth through acquisitions and proven organic…

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Tax Credits
Enterprise Zone Tax Credit (EZ)

The EZ program provides real property and state income tax credits for businesses located in a Maryland enterprise zone in return for job creation and investments. Businesses located in Focus Areas ma…

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France-Merrick Foundation Grant

The France-Merrick Foundation concentrates its grant-making within the State of Maryland and primarily within the greater Baltimore area. Applicants must be a non-profit organization holding 501(c)(3)…

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Civic, Arts and Culture, Community Development, Economic Development, Education, Healthcare, Public Health, Social Impact

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Program Related Investments

In addition to traditional grants, the Foundation makes program-related investments (PRIs). PRIs are typically low-cost loans or loan guarantees and equity investments provided at below-market rates …

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Social Impact, Nonprofits

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QuestMark Growth Capital

How We Invest$5-15 million for our initial investment, with ample reserves to support continued growth.We build relationships with management teams and investors well ahead of a fundraising event. …

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Enterprise Software, Cloud, Software, Mobile Apps, Business Services, Finance, Security, Consumer Services, Health IT, Technology

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Idea
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LEDC SEED Loan

Up to $5k for startups with less than one year in operations, or with plans to launch a company within 3 months of receiving funds.…

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Advantage Maryland

Advantage Maryland (also known as MEDAAF) funds grants, loans and investments to support economic development initiatives. Uses include business attraction and retention, infrastructure support, brown…

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The Volt Fund

Small and minority, women and veteran owned businesses in Maryland may be eligible for loan through the VOLT Fund. Loans are between $25,000 to $500,000 for purposes such as business and commercial re…

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Commercial Construction and Rehab Loans

Planning your next project? Our low-cost loans give you something to build on.Building a new shopping center or condo complex can be a complicated and costly undertaking. The same goes for renovating…

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Real Estate, Construction, Community Development

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Bonsal Capital Investment

Bonsal Capital is a mission-driven partnership investing in education, healthcare, and cyber security industries.

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EdTech, Education, Enterprise Software, Health Care, Information Technology, Venture Capital

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Early
Tax Credits
The Baltimore Fund

Goal: Locate and develop companies affiliated with Maryland Public Higher Education Institutions (PHEI) in Baltimore City.Initiatives:1. Provide rent subsidies to early-stage companies affiliated w…

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NextGen Venture Partners

We back exceptional entrepreneurs through the collective power of the nation’s top founders and innovation executives.…

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JMI Growth Equity Investments

JMI invests in software companies with proven business models, rich intellectual property, high recurring revenue, and long-term growth potential. We look for opportunities where we can bring our comp…

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Cloud, Education, Energy, Finance, Government, Healthcare, Business Services, Security, Health IT, Software

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Military Personnel and Veteran-owned Small Business Loan Program (MPVSBLP)

MPVSBLP provides no interest loans of up to $50,000, from one to eight years, for businesses owned by military reservists, veterans, National Guard personnel and for small businesses that employ or ar…

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Novak Biddle Venture Partners

Novak Biddle Venture Partners provides equity financing and assistance to the management of early-stage, information technology companies principally located in the Mid-Atlantic region. …

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ABS Capital Partners

We become deeply involved in the longer-term potential of later-stage growth companies, focusing the same enthusiasm and excitement that is normally reserved for the initial start up phase of a comp…

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Technology, Healthcare, Business Services, Health Technology

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Maryland Capital Enterprises - Micro and Business Loans

MCE offers three loan products to assist clients in starting or growing their own business. …

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Citrine Angels

Citrine Angels is a membership angel investing group designed for women to invest in female-founded companies. We introduce selected seed stage companies to individual investors.We support the growt…

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TCP Venture Capital

TCP Venture Capital is a Baltimore, Maryland-based early-stage technology focused venture capital firm. We partner with entrepreneurs to build great businesses.…

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Seed Investment - Old Line Capital

Located in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic, we partner with technology startups in Maryland, Washington, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and Ohio…

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Tax Credits
Hire Our Veterans Tax Credit

​​​​​​​​This program provides a State income tax credit to small businesses for hiring qualified veterans based on wages paid to those veteran employees.…

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The Predevelopment Loan Program

The Predevelopment Loan Program is an exceptional financing opportunity for community developers working on early stage development project focused on re-stabilizing existing Baltimore City neighborho…

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Community Development

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Kiva Baltimore

Kiva was launched in 2005 as the world's first person-to-person microlending website. A nonprofit organization, Kiva underwrites zero-percent-interest, zero-fee business loans of up to $10,000, and fa…

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Capital Solutions (Harbor Bank)

We aim to serve as trusted, long-term advisors to entrepreneurs, development partners, non-profit organizations, and investors whose goals align with our mission. Our team of financial and development…

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Builder Fund

The Pre-seed Builder Fund (or Builder Fund) was created to financially and operationally support the development of startup companies run by entrepreneurs who demonstrate a socially or economically di…

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Facade Improvement Program

Downtown Partnership of Baltimore administers a Facade Improvement Program encouraging and assisting property and business owners in Downtown restore existing storefronts.…

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Construction

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Maryland Nonprofit Development Center Program and Fund (NIMBL)

This interest-free, micro bridge loan program and fund supports the operations of nonprofit entities. The program is administered by the Maryland Nonprofit Development Center and the Maryland Departme…

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Red Abbey Venture Partners

Red Abbey Venture Partners is a life sciences investment firm that was founded in 2004 and invested in 14 privately held and 9 publicly traded life sciences companies. …

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Blue Jay Syndicate

The first angel investment network for startups with founders from the Johns Hopkins University…

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Neighborhood BusinessWorks

Neighborhood BusinessWorks loan program provides flexible financing to new or expanding small businesses and nonprofit organizations in Sustainable Communities and Priority Funding Areas throughout th…

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Propel Baltimore Fund

The Propel Baltimore Fund makes investments companies committed to headquartering in Baltimore City.

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Toucan Capital

Toucan Capital Fund is a venture capital fund focused on regenerative medicine and immune therapy investments.…

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Life Sciences, Stem Cells, Regenerative Medicine

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Robert W Deutsche Foundation

The Robert W. Deutsch Foundation invests in innovative people, projects, and ideas that improve the quality of life in Baltimore and beyond.…

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Wasabi Ventures

Wasabi Ventures is a firm that specializes in co-founding, investing in, incubating, building and advising early stage technology companies. …

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Partnership for Workforce Quality (PWQ)

PWQ provides matching training grants and support services targeted to improve the competitive position of small and mid-sized manufacturing and technology companies. Grants are used to increase the s…

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Baltimore Business Lending (BBL)

Baltimore Business Lending, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Baltimore Community Lending, Inc., is a new small business lending program designed to provide capital to emerging and growing small busin…

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Maryland Momentum Fund

The Maryland Momentum Fund is a newly-created mechanism for investing in promising early stage companies associated with the University System of Maryland (USM). Maryland-based companies that are seek…

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BCL Commercial Multi-Family Loan Program

The BCL Commercial Multi-Family Loan Program is an exceptional financing opportunity for experienced developers (including non-profits) and individual investors with a vision to rehabilitate specific …

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More Jobs for Marylanders Incentive Program

More Jobs for Marylanders, promotes the growth of manufacturing in Maryland by providing tax incentives for manufacturing job creation, encourages manufacturers to invest in new equipment...

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Maryland Casino Business Investment Fund (MCBIF)

The MISSION of the Maryland Casino Business Investment Fund is to provide affordable and flexible financing to Maryland based small, minority, women and veteran owned businesses in order to build the …

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A-Level Capital

A-Level Capital provides seed funding for startups founded by JHU students and young alumni. …

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Abell Direct Investments

The Foundation’s portfolio includes direct investments in highly innovative companies that promote important social objectives, create jobs, and are located in, or agree to relocate to, Baltimore City…

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BCL Guidance Line of Credit (GLOC)

The BCL Guidance Line of Credit is focused on the small to mid-size developer and/or contractor who has a need for a committed source of funding. It supports the activity of a borrower who anticipates…

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Research and Development Tax Credit (R&D)

Businesses that have qualified R&D expenditures in Maryland may qualify for two state income tax credits, the Basic R&D Tax Credit and the Growth R&D Tax Credit.The tax credit remains in effect unti…

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Greenspring Impact Investments

Within our impact series, we target managers generating attractive returns and measurable positive societal impact. Our five areas of thematic focus include: sustainability, healthcare, education tech…

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Commercial Improvement Grants

Ten businesses are significantly more attractive with our Commercial Improvement Grants – new signage, awnings, siding, doors, windows, paint, reception desks, flooring – at no cost to the business ow…

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Entrepreneurs of Color Fund

Minority entrepreneurs in DC, Maryland and Virginia suburbs, and Baltimore City can get access to loans ranging from $5,000 - $250,000

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Vehicle and Equipment Loans

Want to drive your business forward? Our loans can help you power up.Delivery truck fleets and earth-moving machinery. Factory tools and computer hardware. It takes all types of vehicles and equipmen…

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Baltimore Angels

Baltimore Angels seeks to invest profitably in the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem and advance early stage innovators to the next stage of capital formation. Our vision is to be the most trusted re…

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Commercial Real Estate Loans

Purchase the property you need for your next business venture.Maybe you're moving your company headquarters to a new locale. Or perhaps you're planning to build a shopping center or expand industri…

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Baltimore Women in Tech Micro Grant

Launched in 2017, the BWiT program has to date given away $12k and supported 12 women-led projects, impacting over 3,000 people. The most recent grant period is closed; check out the links below for p…

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LEDC Startup Loan

Up to $20k for startups with less than two years in operations, seeking capital to launch or consolidate their venture.…

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City Bonds

City Bond funds are generally restricted to capital projects, which may include bricks and mortar, improvements, equipment purchases, or other real estate related projects. These loans cannot exceed 3…

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