Does your business need financing?

Apply for a Revolving Loan Fund (RFL) to start or expand your business.

F3 Tech Accelerator advances innovation & technology in agritech, aquatech, and envirotech

Serving Innovative, High-Growth, and Scalable Startups and Entrepreneurs throughout Maryland’s Eastern Shore

chesapeake agriculture innovation center (caic) business solutions for value-added producers.

CYBERAG™ PROVIDES OUTREACH, AWARENESS, EDUCATION, AND ACCESS TO RESOURCES FOR THE AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN

HOTDESKS IS A NETWORK OF COWORKING SPACES THAT SERVES THE NEEDS OF ENTREPRENEURS AND INNOVATORS THROUGHOUT THE EASTERN SHORe

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Initiatives & Services

Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center (ESEC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created in 2004 to help advance an entrepreneurship ecosystem on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and rural Delaware.

Along with providing traditional entrepreneurial technical assistance, ESEC has four initiatives currently underway that are part of an overall strategy to encourage the development of high-growth, innovative, and scalable businesses and the jobs they create, with an emphasis on the region’s traditional industries of agriculture and seafood.

Coworking

hotdesks is a network of coworking spaces that serves the needs of entrepreneurs and innovators throughout the eastern shore.

Accelerator

F³ Tech Accelerator advances innovation and technology in the sectors of agriculture, aquaculture, and the environment.

Revolving Loan Fund

ESEC manages a portfolio of revolving loan funds available to entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout Maryland’s Eastern Shore and rural Delaware.

Technical Assistance

ESEC provides one-on-one technical assistance and mentoring which is available by appointment to assist startup or growth plans.

Community

ESEC helps connect the Eastern Shore to the rest of Maryland’s statewide startup and innovation ecosystem.

Mycologics Selected to Participate in the F3 Tech Accelerator Program

Tobacco Barn Distillery

Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center to Transfer Management of hotDesks Locations to Local Operators

Mike Thielke Participates in Panel Discussion on Nurturing Entrepreneurship with MEDA

CyberAg Advisory Board Chair Joyce Hunter Recognized as an IT Wondrous Women

Eastern Shore Revolving Loan Fund Portfolio

WITH A LENDING LIMIT OF $200,000, LOAN APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ON A ROTATING BASIS FOR THIS NON-TRADITIONAL FUNDING SOURCE.

Partners

These Partners Help Bring Entrepreneurship & Innovation To Maryland's Eastern Shore

Need Help? Not Sure What To Do Next?

Mentors, coaches, investors, and subject matter experts are available to meet with entrepreneurs and business owners. Initial hours are pro-bono while more in depth counseling is available on an hourly basis.

Leadership & Staff

These Partners Help Bring Entrepreneurship & Innovation To Maryland's Eastern Shore

William McGowan

Board Secretary

Community Development Consultant, self-employed; US Department of Agriculture-Rural Development, past State Director for Delaware/Maryland; University of Delaware, Extension Agent

John Elstner

Board Treasurer

Kleinfelder Engineering, Client Account Manager; Chesapeake Bay Region Technology Council, Treasurer/Interim Executive Director; Chesapeake Innovation Center, Executive Director

Shannon Dill

Board Member

University of Maryland, Agriculture Extension Educator

Rob Nicholson

Board Member

Delaware Department of Technology and Information, Innovation Solutions Integrator

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