Key dates and information


Open House: April 16, 2019 (6 PM - 7 PM)

Close Application: April 30, 2019

Notify Applicants: May 15, 2019

Classes Start: June 3, 2019

Classes End: August 25, 2019

PITCH DAY: September 4, 2019



118 N Market St, Frederick, MD 21701



5:00 PM - 9:00 PM



12-week Program

Entrepreneur Mentors

Experienced Lecturers

Investment Teams

Diverse Focus Groups

Great Legal Benefits Package*

FITCI Space and Amenities*

*for companies that perform the best

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Kathie Callahan Brady

Frederick innovative Technology Center, Inc.


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PJ Bellomo



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Ellen Keyser


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Danny Farrar



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Roger Wilson

Frederick County Maryland

Government Affairs Director

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Tony "C" Checchia

Verita Real Estate Advisors


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Chris Kline Jr.

Kline Scott Visco Real Estate

Sales and Leasing Associate

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Teresa Mena

Maryland Department of Labour

Apprenticeship Navigator

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Richard Griffin

City of Frederick

Director of Economic Development

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Patricia Torres Meyer

Frederick Community College

Higher Education Executive

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Mary Ford - Naill

City of Frederick

Economic Development Manager

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Mark Blacksten

M&T Bank

Regional Manager

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Josh Funk


Founder and CEO

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Diane DeMarco

[email protected]

Founder and CEO

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Jim Pannucci

FNL Partnership Development Office


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Amie Hoeber

AMH Consulting


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Vladimir Popov

Frederick National Laboratory 

Business Development Manager

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Dwayne Myers

Dynamic Automotive

Owner/Managing Partner

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Mark Luterman

Mark Luterman Enterprises


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Helen Propheter

Office of Economic Development


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Jose Bueso

Dynamic Automotive


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Darryl Glick

Dale Carnegie Training

Team Leader and Master Trainer

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Heather Gramm

Frederick County Office of Economic Development

Assistant Director of Economic Development

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Martin Lapera

Frederick County Bank

Community Relations Ambassador

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TJ Rainsford

Mount St. Mary's University

Director of Information Analytics and Assessment

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Diane McFarland

Maryland SBDC

Master Trainer / Marketing 

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Jonathan Boehman

Immersion Active

Director of Innovation

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Amanda Johnston

Fort Detrick Alliance

Executive Director

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David Gurzick

Hood College

Associate Professor of Management

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Jack Trammell

Mount St. Mary's University

Chair of Department of Sociology 

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Ray Crowell


Angel Investor

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Barry Datlof


Chief , Business Dev. and Commercialization

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Funding Sponsor

Rural Maryland Council (RMC)

RMC brings together citizens, community-based organizations, federal, state, county and municipal government officials as well as representatives of the for-profit and nonprofit sectors to collectively address the needs of Rural Maryland communities. RMC is the main funding sponsor for The Edge Accelerator. 

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The Edge is launched with the help of the entire community, and with special gratitude and perseverance of  these six founding partners.


The Edge would not be here without the tireless help from all the Community. Here are our Community MVPs.

Programs like these not only provide guidance and education to existing startups, but also promote formation of new companies. There is a strong initiative among federally funded labs to license, further develop and ultimately commercialize certain technologies from their IP portfolios. Licensing to startup companies is definitely one way to go about this

Vladimir Popov,  FNLCR Business Development Manager

The Accelerator is involving the entire community; there are too many partners to name. That’s what makes it special and unique. And the community is really important, because entrepreneurs need connections more than they need anything else

Kathie Callahan Brady, FITCI President/CEO

NEWS & EVENTS from our Community

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Fairfax County invests $1 million in local innovation hub Refraction

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The investment will help Reston, Va.–based Refraction expand coworking space and an apprenticeship program....

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Rural Maryland Council honors rural community advocates

Dec 14, 2018

Annapolis, MD – The Rural Maryland Council and its membership convened Thursday, November 29, 2018 for its Annual and Executive Board Meeting at the Yellowfin Steak and Fish House in Edgewater, MD...

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Glassdoor's best companies to work for in Greater Washington

Dec 18, 2018

Nearly one-fourth of the companies that made Glassdoor's 2019 list of best places to work have a Greater Washington presence...

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These Are the 50 Best Places in America for Starting a Business

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