Maryland Department of Commerce

Soft Landing Promotion Program

MDC is a startup studio in the heart of downtown Baltimore, Maryland, specializing in building companies based on medical devices, medical equipment, and research instrumentation. At MDC, we are open to health and medical technology-focused companies from all regions. We offer office space, engineering services, and business development support, and have a large pool of mentors and an expansive referral network.

What we offer:

  • Temporary office space or hotdesk where companies can work for up to 3 months
  • Engineering services, including workshop and staff engineers on-site
  • Business services, including advisors with significant (10+ years) specialized experience who are available for one-on-one consultations
  • Grant support, including applying for federal grants
  • At least 1 hour per week or mentoring from the MDC executive team
  • Operations support
  • Access to vetted network of service providers
  • Education program covering technical development, team formation, business development, fundraising, legal issues, and more
  • Monthly networking events and company-wide happy hours, and two annual company parties
  • Close and established relationships with local universities, government agencies, and research organizations to facilitate technology transfer of entity-owned intellectual property

Amenities included:

  • Printing/copying (available at additional cost)
  • Parking (available on- and off-site at additional cost)
  • Kitchen (free beverage and snack bar included)
  • Gym (available off-site at additional cost)
  • Wifi (high-speed, included)
  • Conference rooms (included)
  • Lockers (included)
  • Use of mailing address (included)
  • Wet lab space (available off-site at additional cost)
  • Private offices (available at additional cost)
  • Dedicated desks (available at additional cost)
  • Translation services (available at additional cost)

For companies that are investment-ready, we have access to an expansive network of angel investors, and are actively raising an MDC-focused venture fund.