Press Release Courtesy of FITCI
The Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc. (FITCI), Frederick, Maryland’s tech incubator, announced September 7th that it is the recipient of two grants totaling $450,000 from the Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund of the Rural Maryland Council (RMC). The Fund provides targeted investment to promote economic prosperity in Maryland’s rural communities.
The first grant award of $200,000 will be used toward the development of a Community Growth Accelerator Program to complement the services provided in FITCI’s two incubator locations. The accelerator is a cohort-based program that includes connections, mentorship, educational components, and culminates in a public pitch event to accelerate growth.
The RMC also awarded FITCI a $250,000 grant for the construction and operation of a premier Tech Shop, a new shared tech makerspace in the incubator’s downtown Frederick location. The Tech Shop will be designed to prepare rural Marylanders with the tools and training necessary to adapt to a rapidly changing technological landscape, by tapping into the nascent Internet of Things (IoT) market.
The Rural Maryland Council (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
The Frederick Innovative Technology Center Inc. (FITCI) was founded as a nonprofit partnership in 2004 to foster entrepreneurial activity within Frederick County. FITCI’s mission is to encourage innovation and accelerate the development of commercially viable technology-based businesses by providing a nurturing and supportive environment. FITCI supports early stage biotechnology, information technology, and renewable energy start-up companies by offering office and wet lab space, business services, and strategic support to local entrepreneurs.