ABOUT US

Our Mission

Southern Maryland Innovates helps entrepreneurs in Southern Maryland succeed by offering an ecosystem in which to connect with like minds, free resources, and other businesses contacts. At Southern Maryland Innovates, we understand how difficult it can be for entrepreneurs to make their innovative ideas a reality. Southern Maryland is buzzing with nightly networking events being hosted in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s Counties. Without a central source shining a light on these events and resources, business owners often feel as if the region is an insider’s game which is difficult to navigate. Our mission is to provide the informational resources and foster communication among Southern Maryland’s burgeoning technology entrepreneurs, especially those interested in commercializing federal technologies. Additionally, we will offer support and promote the innovative technologies incubated within the region’s Navy laboratories.

Who are we?

SoMd Innovates is a joint initiative made possible by the generous cooperation and funding from the College of Southern Maryland, Maryland Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Economic Adjustment (OEA), Calvert County, Charles County, and St. Mary’s County.

The SoMd Innovates initiative has resulted in the establishment of the Southern Maryland Regional Innovation Collaborative (“the RIC”), which is tasked with
  • Promoting quality of life assets in the region
  • Creating a more coordinated and robust startup support system
  • Developing programming and funding to support diversification through small business growth
The RIC’s advisory board has agreed to develop a resource for entrepreneurs with the mission of bringing together the diverse regional assets which are capable of fueling a thriving economic environment in Southern Maryland.

In pursuit of this mission, the RIC has launched the SoMd Innovates Resource Directory. This directory is intended to equip Southern Maryland innovators with an informational guide to navigating their own journey through entrepreneurship. Specifically, we intend to provide information for resources including (but not limited to):
  • Financing
  • Mentorships
  • Specialized facilities or equipment
  • Business advising services
  • County organizations
  • Incubators and collaboration spaces
  • Business and organizations related to the Applied Technologies Cluster described in the Accelerated Regional Diversification Plan for Southern Maryland
  • Relevant contact information
  • Specialized facilities or equipment
This directory is far from complete, so we welcome and encourage input from everyone in the community. We need your help in creating and editing content, forging new local partnerships, and finding sponsorships so that we can stay current and continue to create a thriving entrepreneurial community in the region. Please reach out to us with feedback and other information.

Where Are We Headed?

In addition to the Resource Directory mentioned above, the RIC is also developing a SoMd Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Actionable Assets Map. The purpose of this map is to document collaboration between various aspects of the SoMd entrepreneurship ecosystem and the evolution of these links over time, as well as to help identify holes in the ecosystem that SoMd should work towards filling.

The first iteration of this map is shown below.

SoMd Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Actionable Assets Map

This initial map was developed through Strategic Doing sessions held with the members of the RIC advisory board. It displays the actionable assets that these members have control over and are willing to contribute to help build the ecosystem. As you can see, according to information currently available to the board, the SoMd Entrepreneurship Ecosystem appears to lack significant assets in the areas of Markets and Culture.

In 2020, the RIC plans to hold a number of Strategic Doing sessions with other entrepreneurship-related groups throughout the region and use their knowledge to continue fleshing out this map of actionable assets and their interconnections. If you would like to be a part of one of these sessions, please reach out to us. Your knowledge and connections have the potential to be assets to all of those pursuing entrepreneurial projects in SoMd!

Our hope is that the SoMd Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Actionable Assets Map will eventually resemble the one featured in this Forbes article, reflecting the wide range of assets available to a built-out, sustainable entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Major Events

Southern Maryland has numerous organizations that host a wide range of private classes, public programs, speaker series, and MeetUps that are tailored for entrepreneurs and innovators. SoMd Innovates welcomes you to explore our site to find an event near you, and/or add an event that you are hosting in the region.