Howard County Innovation Center to Host Startup Grind’s 3rd Annual Startup Showcase

COLUMBIA (July 8, 2019) – On July 31, Startup Grind Columbia will hold their 3rd Annual Startup Showcase at the all new Howard County Innovation Center. This event will draw 200+ regional business people together to network and watch Mid-Maryland startups pitch their businesses for prizes.

“We are looking forward to hosting Startup Grind’s Annual Showcase at the Innovation Center,” said Lawrence Twele, CEO of the HCEDA. “These are the types of high-energy community building events that we want to take place within the Innovation Center. We could not be more pleased that Startup Grind chose to work with us on this event.”

Startup Grind is the largest independent global community of more than 3.5 million passionate and creative entrepreneurs in 640 chapters and 130 countries. The Columbia, mid-Maryland chapter includes 1,800+ entrepreneurs, founders, startups, emerging, and high growth companies, investors, educators, and influencers.

“We are thrilled to be coming home to the Innovation Center, Howard Tech Council, and Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship,” said Chris Haug, Director of Startup Grind Columbia. “We started there and they have been incredible supporters and partners of the chapter.  We’re looking forward to expanding mission of educating, inspiring, and connecting our mid-Maryland entrepreneurs with the resources they need to grow phenomenally successful businesses.”

The Howard County Innovation Center is an all new service offering for the businesses and entrepreneurs of Howard County and the surrounding region. The facility, located at 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, houses the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship, the HCEDA, the Howard Tech Council, Howard Community College, SBDC, SCORE, and the MITRE Viking Lab. Designed to be a one stop shop for business, the center provides a wide variety of services and events to support the growth of businesses in every stage.

Individuals interested in learning more about the Startup Grind Showcase can visit their website at

About HCEDA:
The Howard County Economic Development Authority is a public-private partnership whose primary goal is to promote economic growth and stability by supporting existing businesses, targeting new businesses, and attracting corporate/regional headquarters. The Authority also maintains several programs aimed at the special needs of small and agricultural businesses. Additionally, the Authority strives to preserve the distinctive quality of life in Howard County. The Authority can be reached at

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