Frequently Asked Questions

MEIA has developed a robust set of FAQs that describe the roles of MEIA Accelerator participants.  To help explain the roles, the process diagram on the right explains the general flow from the inventor point of view. Click on the participant type below to review those FAQs, or simply scroll down to see all the FAQs.



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Startup Team Process Flow
Startup Team Process Flow

Startup FAQ

What is a “Startup Team”?

A Startup Team consists of the Startup Team Leader, any additional team members designated by the Team Leader, plus Energy-Executives-In-Residence (EEIRs) provided by MEIA. The Startup Team Leader and EEIRs roles are further defined below.


What are the eligibility criteria for MEIA’s cohort?

MEIA accepts applications from a Startup Team Leader, which is a person, not a business. The leader applies for acceptance into an MEIA cohort. A leader is:

  • An individual who is an inventor or co-inventor of the intellectual property that provides the technological basis for commercialization.
  • Has built a prototype of the technology that is working in a laboratory setting (Technology Readiness Level 3, 4 or 5).
  • The intellectual property belongs to a research university or federal laboratory located in Maryland.
  • Must declare an intention to start a new business in the State of Maryland. If the leader has already started a business, it must be physically located in Maryland.
  • The Intellectual Property / Technology Commercialization office that owns the IP must indicate a desire to license the invention to a company that includes the Startup Team Leader.
  • A Startup Team Leader does not need to commit to working at the company after the Startup Team graduates from MEIA. The goal of MEIA’s program is to assemble a founding team that may or may not include the inventor. 
  • In the case where a company has already been formed, a Startup Team Leader who is a principal owner of the business and otherwise meets the criteria above is eligible.


How does a Startup Team Leader gain admission to a cohort?

Admission requires the following steps:

1. Startup Team Leaders express an interest to apply on the MEIA website (https://mdeia.org/inventors). 

2. The expression of interest will be reviewed by MEIA, and an interview will be scheduled. 

3. If the concept is eligible, MEIA will request a formal application from the Startup Team Leader.

4. After the Startup Team Leader completes an application, the application will be provided to potential Strategic Partners to determine if there is a match. 

5. Potential Strategic Partners may decline the application, may ask to interview the Team Leader, or may make a sponsorship offer to the Team Leader. 

6. Once a Strategic Partner makes an offer, the Team Leader must then decide to accept or decline the offer. 

In order to gain admission to a cohort, the Startup Team Leader must agree to an offer from a Strategic Partner. Cohorts are admitted on a first come first served basis. The Accelerator currently accepts 6 teams per cohort, so the first six Team Leaders who reach agreement with Strategic Partners will be accepted into the first cohort.


Who are Energy-Executives-In-Residence (EEIRs) and how do they participate?

An EEIR is a consultant who joins a Startup Team in a functional role. An EEIR has at least 10 years of work experience and has significant functional experience. EEIRs take on the supporting executive roles that you would expect to see in an investible clean energy company. These roles might include Chief Executive Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Sales Officer, Chief Development Officer, Chief Financial Officer, or Chief Operations Officer. EEIRs create work product for the company, develop plans, and can represent the Startup Team in public settings. An EEIR can slot into the Startup Team as a subject matter expert. While most EEIRs will have managerial experience, an EEIR will not be asked to manage people. The EEIR FAQ has more information about EEIRs.


How are EEIRs assigned to a Startup Team?

MEIA maintains a “job board” where Startup Teams can post positions, and EEIRs can respond to positions. EEIRs have established rates ($/hour). Some EEIRs will be volunteers ($0/hour). All EEIRs will be lightly vetted by MEIA staff to ensure that EEIRs meet eligibility standards. Startup Team leaders are ultimately responsible for selecting from among the EEIRs that apply for a position on the Startup Team. Once an EEIR is selected, he/she will be hired by MEIA as an independent contractor. EEIRs work for MEIA by contract, and thus EEIRs do not own any of their work product. When the services of an EEIR are not a good match or are not acceptable to the Startup Team, the Startup Team Leader may remove the EEIR from the Startup Team by notifying the MEIA Program Manager. MEIA will then release the EEIR from the engagement for that team. 


Do Startup Teams have funding? Who pays for EEIRs?

MEIA will provide an operating budget to each Startup Team to use for hiring EEIRs, for travel, and other approved business expenses. The Startup Team Leader is responsible for managing the budget. All expenses (reimbursements, contractor compensation) run through MEIA billing processes and are administered by MCEC. Operating budgets will be provided by the Startup Team’s Strategic Partner.


How much time do Startup Team Leaders and Members need to dedicate?

Over the 6-month cohort, all team members will be working part time to achieve milestones based on the cohort curriculum and a calendar developed in the beginning of the cohort by the Startup Team and the Project Manager. There will be monthly seminars and weekly check-ins with your project manager. The work required to achieve milestones will be split amongst all team members. MEIA expects the Startup Team Leader will need to work about 5 hours per week on average, with much of this time spent teaching and assisting EEIRs with technology and technical issues. Startup Team Members should also plan to work about 5 hours per week attending meetings and performing work product. The curriculum also includes a two-week NSF I-Corps which will be more intensive.


Does MEIA/MCEC/EEIRs/Strategic Partners have a claim to any intellectual property developed by a Startup Team?

No. MEIA/MCEC explicitly waives all claims to intellectual property. EEIRs are subcontractors hired by MEIA/MCEC, and thus, EEIRs waived claims in their subcontractor agreements. Strategic Partners waived claims in their Strategic Partner MOUs.


Do Startup Team Leaders need to pay MEIA or MCEC to participate?

No. Startup Teams will be sponsored by a Strategic Partner that has made a financial contribution to enable the Startup Team to participate in the Cohort.


Do EEIRs or Strategic Partners get equity?

No. For work provided prior to company formation, EEIRs are subcontractors to MEIA/MCEC, and are being compensated for their work on the Startup Team. They are not entitled to any additional equity for work performed while in an EEIR role. Strategic Partners are funding Startup Teams and providing mentorship in exchange for the opportunity to develop a closer relationship with the emerging company. Strategic Partners do not receive equity.


How does a Startup Team graduate from the Accelerator?

Graduation represents the end of the formal relationship between MEIA and the Startup Team Leader and the Startup Team. In Month 6 of the accelerator program, immediately after the Cohort Finale Pitch event, the Program Manager will lead the Startup Team through an exercise to determine if a company should be formed to support commercializing the technology. If the Startup Team decides not to pursue a company, the Team graduates, all expenditures will be settled, and the Startup Team forfeits the remainder of its budget. If the Startup Team decides to form a company, it may retain access to its remaining budget to use for eligible business expenses for up to 3 months, after which the budget is forfeit. The Startup Team graduates when the budget is used up 3 months after the official cohort end date, whichever is sooner.


What if a Startup Team Leader does not want to be in charge? What if the original Startup Team Leader quits?

It is possible for a Startup Team Leader to hire an EEIR to work in the CEO/Leader role for the team, which would enable the EEIR to become the manager of the team’s budget and EEIR selection/de-selection. If the original Startup Team Leader decides to leave the team, then both the original Startup Team Leader and the Intellectual Property holder would need to agree to allow commercialization to continue. The MEIA project manager is available to assist with the transition process.


Are there any future obligation to MCEC after the accelerator program ends?

Yes. A Startup Team that forms a company will be required to provide general information on an annual basis that described employment, revenue, funds raised, and potentially other metrics that will enable MCEC/MEIA to describe the benefits of the Maryland Energy Innovation Accelerator to its public and private stakeholders. The information collected will be aggregated and shared anonymously in our reports to stakeholders unless the company explicitly allows MCEC/MEIA to use the information to create a case study or other use.

Energy-executive-In-Residence FAQ

What is an EEIR?

An EEIR is a consultant who joins a Startup Team in a functional role. Most Startup Team Leaders will be the inventors of new technology. EEIRs take on the supporting executive roles that you would expect to see in an investible clean energy company. These roles might include Chief Executive Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Sales Officer, Chief Development Officer, Chief Financial Officer, or Chief Operations Officer. EEIRs create work product for the company, develop plans, and can represent the Startup Team in public settings. EEIRs participate in the customer discovery process that determines the critical feature set needed to achieve product-market fit.


Who can be an EEIR?

An EEIR has at least 10 years of work experience and has significant functional experience. An EEIR can slot into the Startup Team as a subject matter expert. While most EEIRs will have managerial experience, an EEIR will not be asked to manage people. Since EEIRs will work part-time, the position could be ideal for someone who is currently employed full time and is looking to experience the creation of a new company. Consultants or entrepreneurs are also good candidates to become EEIRs.

EEIRs should have an interest in becoming a co-founder of a compelling startup. The goal for an EEIR while working in the accelerator program is to gain a better understanding of the market potential for the Startup Team’s technology, and to decide if the EEIR wants to join the founding team. The 6-month accelerator provides a risk-free environment for the Startup Team members to get to know each other, to work together (and assess personality fit), and to determine if there is a potentially viable business to create. At the end of the accelerator program, the Startup Team will be asked to decide whether to start a company, to decide which EEIRs will become the founders, and to negotiate a founder’s agreement. The EEIR is not obligated to become a founder, nor is the team obligated to include the EEIR in the founding team. 


How many hours do EEIRs work?

EEIRs should be able to work 5 hours per week, on average, during the cohort period. Some roles and/or periods of time may be more intense than others. EEIR hours will be managed by the Startup Team Leader. Each Startup Team has a budget that it can use for purchasing business services including EEIR time. MEIA has set expectations with Startup Team Leaders that EEIRs will be working part-time including nights and/or weekends. Most of the Startup Team Leaders will also be part time.


Are EEIRs paid? Are there other benefits to being an EEIR?

EEIRs set an hourly rate, which can be as low as $0 per hour for people who want to volunteer, or as high as budgets allow for professional services. Generally, the Startup Team’s budget is based on a rate of $50 per hour, which is a below-market rate because we expect many if not most EEIRs will volunteer. All EEIRs will sign a subcontractor agreement with the Maryland Clean Energy Center. On weekly basis, EEIRs will submit hours using an online form, and the Maryland Clean Energy Center will pay EEIRs monthly. EEIRs will learn the Lean Startup methodology by first-hand experience and by participating in curriculum designed to drive the team towards a go/no-go decision on company formation. There are many lessons that could position the EEIR for entrepreneurship in the future, or an innovation support role in their existing organization. EEIRs will also have a risk-free opportunity to learn about an emerging technology and be in a position to potentially become a co-founder of the commercializing company.


How do I become an EEIR?

After MEIA has received an expression of interest via the website (https://mdeia.org/eeirs), MEIA will interview each eligible candidate. Prospective EEIRs will need to sign the EEIR Memorandum of Understanding. Once approved, the EEIR is eligible to match with a Startup Team.


How is an EEIR matched to a team?

Startup Teams will post positions on the MEIA Job Board, which will be circulated to the list of EEIRs, and EEIRs can apply for those positions. Fundamentally, the EEIR Job Board functions as a marketplace where Startup Teams seek the best candidates for jobs. Startup Teams will interview candidates and make hiring decisions. When an EEIR is hired, MCEC will ask the EEIR to sign a sub-contractor agreement. 


Can an EEIR be released from a Startup Team?

Yes. The Startup Team Leader is effectively in charge of the team’s financials and personnel. EEIRs are paid hourly and are not guaranteed any specific hours. Thus, an EEIR can be released at will by the Team Leader. The EEIR can submit final hours for billing, and he or she will be paid at the next pay date.


Can MEIA remove an EEIR from the eligibility list?

Yes. MEIA can remove an EEIR from the eligibility list at any time for any reason. MEIA recognizes that being “released” from a Startup Team will often be the result of poor fit (for example, if a Startup Team leader does not believe that an EEIR would be a good fit to be a co-founder). MEIA does not expect to remove EEIRs from the eligibility list unless the EEIR fails to meet their commitments or behaves in such a way that future placement is unlikely. EEIRs may resign at any time.


Are Non-Disclosure Agreements required?

Yes, the subcontractor agreement with MCEC will have an NDA within it.


Is there a cap on the number of EEIRs?

Yes, MEIA will have no more 2 EEIRs for every open position. If it is expected that a given cohort will need 20 EEIRs, MEIA will recruit and activate no more than 40 EEIRs. This enables teams to have choices. EEIRs that are not selected can withdraw or can wait for the next cohort.

Corporate Sponsor FAQ

What is a Corporate Sponsor, and how does the MEIA Corporate Sponsorship Program work?

A Corporate Sponsor provides financial assistance to support MEIA’s operations in exchange for a defined set of benefits as described in the Sponsorship Prospectus. Corporate Sponsorships typically cover a calendar year (365 days) and are not tied to Cohort start or end dates. 


How do I become a Corporate Sponsor?

Contact us.


What Corporations are eligible to be Corporate Sponsors?

Any business in good standing in the State of Maryland (or the State the company is based in, if there is no nexus in Maryland) can be a Corporate Sponsor. MEIA reserves the right to decline sponsorship for Corporations whose missions diverge from MEIA’s climate and economic development mission.


Can you explain each of the benefits in the Sponsorship Prospectus?

  

Minimum Cash Donation  (excludes Startup Team Budget)


The   amount of cash donated to MCEC or to the University of Maryland Foundation to   support MEIA operating activities. The   amount donated determines sponsorship level.

 

Opportunity to Work with a Startup Team


At   certain levels, Corporate Sponsors have the opportunity to become Strategic   Sponsors. See Strategic Sponsor FAQ.

 

First Look Access to Cohort Applications


At  certain levels, all Startup Team applications will be forwarded to the   Corporate Sponsor for a first look before MEIA begins its general search for   a Strategic Partner match.

 

Seat on MEIA Startup Team Capital Pitch Advisory Panel


At   certain levels, the Corporate Sponsor may participate in the Capital Pitch   Advisory Panel that hosts a pitch training and feedback event prior to the   cohort finale.

 

Cohort Finale Pitch Dinner An Invitation Only Event # Tickets


Based   on level, a Corporate Sponsor will receive tickets to the invitation-only   cohort finale pitch dinner.

 

Present at Workshop at Startup UMD


Based   on level, a Corporate Sponsor may host a seminar at Startup UMD, the   University of Maryland College Park’s Startup Lab that is run by the UM   Ventures. This event will be open to the public and publicized via MCEC/MEIA   and UM Ventures.

 

Speak at Cohort Training Event


Based   on the level, a Corporate Sponsor may be given time at one of many cohort   training events to speak to teams on a topic mutually agreed by the sponsor   and MCEC.

 

Logo on Website / Banners / Emails


All   Corporate Sponsors will be recognized on the MEIA website, in banners that   appear at events, and in emails sent by MEIA or MCEC. Based on level, the   size of the logo may change.

 

MEIA Website Profile


All   Corporate Sponsors will have a 50 word profile on MEIA’s website and a link   to the Sponsor’s website.

 

Marketing to Cohort Team


MEIA   will e-mail all teams on your behalf with marketing information about your   brand at least one time during the cohort period. Based on level, Corporate   Sponsors may also table at Cohort Training events or at other mutually agreed   times where Startup Teams will be present in person.

 

MCEC Newsletter Article Sent to over 2,000 people at 500 different companies


Based on level, a Corporate Sponsor will be   able to write a certain number of articles for the MCEC/MEIA newsletter that   promotes their products and/or services and/or brand. Articles are subject to   editorial control by MCEC.

 

MCEC-hosted Lunch-N-Learn Targeting entire MCEC community


Based   on level, MCEC will host and Sponsor will present at a Lunch-N-Learn event at   the MCEC offices or similar venue and will invite the entire MCEC community.   Lunch-N-Learn topics must be mutually agreed by Sponsor and MCEC.

 

2019 MCEC Summit - # Tickets Commit by Sep 30, 2019


For   Corporate Sponsorships secured by September 30, 2019, Sponsor will receive   free tickets to the 2019 MCEC Summit.

Strategic partner FAQ

What is a Strategic Partner, and how does the MEIA Strategic Partnership Program Work?

A Strategic Partner is a Corporate Sponsor in the Gigawatt, Megawatt, or Kilowatt categories that provides mentorship and financial sponsorship for a Startup Team. A Corporate Sponsor becomes a Strategic Partner when it has agreed to sponsor a specific Startup Team, and the Startup Team has agreed to work with the Strategic Partner.

A Startup Team Leader who applies to MEIA for admission to a cohort will seek to match with one of MEIA’s Strategic Partners as a condition of admission. A Strategic Partner provides two critically important things:

1. Mentorship to the Startup Team. The primary purpose of mentorship is to help with customer discovery (to determine the minimum number of features needed to create a product that customer will buy) and to help the Startup Team create a product development plan that will accelerate the time to market. Mentorship guidelines are under development. The Strategic Partner’s goal is to help the Startup Team become an investible company.

2. A cash donation to MEIA that becomes the Startup Teams’ budget to pay EEIRs, attend conferences, and to pay for other approved business expenses during the cohort program.


How does the matching process work?

MEIA will proactively seek out Startup Teams to match to each potential Strategic Partner. When a Startup Team Leader applies for admission, a summary is delivered initially to Gigawatt Level Corporate Partners for review. Shortly thereafter, MEIA will attempt to match the Startup Team to other potential Strategic Partners by e-mailing the Startup Team application. Potential Strategic Partners may decline, may request an interview with the Startup Team Leader, or may accept the invitation along with an offer of financial support. The Startup Team Leader will make the final decision among the offers from Strategic Partners.


Do Strategic Partners earn equity or intellectual property rights for their work with Startup Teams?

No. Strategic Partners explicitly waive all rights or implied rights. The primary purpose of the relationship during the cohort period is to provide advice, not to engage in active research and development. Strategic Partners’ provision of advice and funding is made in consideration of the relationship created with the Startup Team, the benefits accrued to the Strategic Partner from MEIA/MCEC and does not include any equity nor intellectual property.


Are Non-Disclosure Agreements Required?

An NDA is not required to become a Strategic Partner since the initial information provided by Startup Teams to prospective Strategic Partners will not be proprietary. However, some Startup Teams may require an NDA as a condition for selecting a Strategic Partner, and MEIA will make Strategic Partners aware of these requirements when the initial information is distributed. Startup Team Leaders will be advised not to share proprietary information with Strategic Partners without a signed NDA. MEIA expects that much of the technology that will be presented by Startup Teams will be published in academic journals and will also be protected by patents (or patents in process) from the Startup Team Leader’s institution. However, some Startup Team Leaders may be working on undisclosed technology that could be proprietary in nature. This technology cannot be disclosed without an NDA, and disclosures are subject to rules of the Startup Team Leader’s current employer.


What is a positive outcome for Strategic Partnership?

Initially, the goal of the Strategic Partnership is to help the Startup Team become an investible company. This means that the technology path has been meaningfully de-risked through the customer discovery process and identification of customers or suppliers who want to buy the product. It also means that the Startup Team has built out an executive team and a Board of Advisors who are credible. Finally, it means that a company was formed, that an agreement was made among co-founders, and that IP was licensed from the Startup Team Leader’s institution. MEIA hopes that Strategic Partners will continue their relationship with their Startup Team once the Team has graduated from MEIA’s program and has formed a company. The Strategic Partner could enter into a Joint Development Agreement, Service Agreement (or off-take agreement), provide seed investment, or take a position on the company’s advisory board. There are many ways that a relationship might continue after the Startup Team graduates from MEIA that will benefit the Strategic Sponsor.


What other benefits are there for becoming a Strategic Partner?

For a list of benefits for becoming a Corporate Sponsor, ask for the latest Sponsorship Prospectus.


How do I become a Strategic Sponsor?

Contact us.

Professional Services Sponsor FAQ

What is a Professional Services Sponsor, and how does the Program work?

A Professional Services Sponsor provides in-kind assistance to support the Startup Teams within a specific Cohort. The scope of services will be described, and duration and value of these services will be estimated for inclusion in the Memorandum of Understanding.  The scope of services will be determined ahead of time, and MEIA expects that any additional scope would be billable to the Startup Team Leader or the Startup Team’s surviving entity. MEIA cannot accept any billing liability for work performed on behalf of a Startup Team. Thus, each Professional Services Sponsor should sign an engagement letter with the Startup Team Leader at the beginning of the engagement. Each Startup Team will have a limited budget provided to them by MEIA and will be seeking additional funding while they are within the MEIA program. It is the responsibility of the Professional Services Sponsor to notify and receive pre-approval from the Startup Team Leader for any fees that will be incurred. MEIA will not accept responsibility for any fees.


How much time is a Professional Services Provider expected to commit?

The time commitment is negotiated ahead of time. MEIA expects a Professional Services Sponsor will spend about the same amount of effort for each Startup Team. However, the time and value of services provided by each provider will be different as a function of the services being delivered. For example, services provided to Startup Teams that decide to create a company could be substantially different than those to Startup Teams that decide not to continue after graduation from MEIA.


How many Startup Teams is a Professional Services provider expected to work with?

Currently, MEIA plans to have two cohorts in 2020 with each cohort consisting of 6 Startup Teams. MEIA expects to have two sponsors in each category, such that each sponsor will be responsible for 3 teams per cohort.


How are Professional Services Sponsors selected?

MEIA is recruiting two sponsors in each category on a first come first serve basis. The categories are: General Counsel, IP Counsel, Accounting, Management Consulting, HR Consulting, Branding, Presentation


How do I become a Professional Services Sponsor?

Contact us.


What are the benefits of being a Professional Services Sponsor?

Professional Services Sponsors receive considerable marketing/branding benefits throughout the MEIA/MCEC community. In addition to gaining relationships with startups that could become clients in the future, Sponsors in comparable programs at other accelerators/incubators typically leverage these engagements to provide opportunities for professional development of less experienced staff members.

 

Minimum Cash Donation


The amount donated   determines sponsorship level. For a Professional Services Sponsor, since no   cash donation is required, MEIA will look at the cost to provide services.

 

Work with a Startup   Team


All Sponsors will   work with up to 6 teams.

 

Professional   Services Provider Startup Team Selection Sequence


Higher   level Sponsors select the teams with whom they want to work.

 

Seat   on MEIA Startup Team Capital Pitch Advisory Panel


At   certain levels, the Sponsor may participate in the Capital Pitch Advisory   Panel that hosts a pitch training and feedback event prior to the cohort   finale.

 

Cohort   Finale Pitch Dinner An Invitation Only Event # Tickets


Based   on level, a Sponsor will receive tickets to the invitation-only cohort finale   pitch dinner.

 

Present   at Workshop at Startup UMD


Sponsor   may host a seminar at Startup UMD, the University of Maryland College Park’s   Startup Lab that is run by UM Ventures. This event will be open to the public   and publicized via MCEC/MEIA and UM Ventures.

 

Speak   at Cohort Training Event


Sponsor   may be given time at one of many cohort training events to speak to teams on   a topic mutually agreed by the sponsor and MCEC.

 

Logo   on Website / Banners / Emails


Sponsors   will be recognized on the MEIA website, in banners that appear at events, and   in emails sent by MEIA or MCEC. Based on level, the size of the logo may   change.

 

MEIA   Website Profile


Sponsors   will have a 50 word profile on the MEIA website and a link to the Sponsor’s   website.

 

Marketing   to Cohort Team


MEIA   will e-mail all teams on your behalf with marketing information about your   brand at least one time. Sponsors may also table at Cohort Training events or   at other mutually agreed times where Startup Teams will be present in person.

 

MCEC   Newsletter Article Sent to over 2,000 people at 500 different companies


Based   on level, a Sponsor will be able to write a certain number of articles for   the MCEC/MEIA newsletter that promotes their products and/or services and/or   brand. Articles are subject to editorial control by MCEC.

 

MCEC-hosted   Lunch-N-Learn Targeting entire MCEC community.


Based   on level, MCEC will host and Sponsor will present a Lunch-N-Learn event at   the MCEC offices or similar venue and will invite the entire MCEC community.   Lunch-N-Learn topics must be mutually agreed by Sponsor and MCEC.

 

2019   MCEC Summit - # Tickets Commit by Sep 30, 2019


For   Sponsorships secured by September 30, 2019, Sponsor will receive free tickets   to the 2019 MCEC Summit.

Investor Partner FAQ

What is an Investor Partner, and how does the MEIA Investor Partnership Program Work?

An Investor Partner is an employee of a professional investment firm that invests in seed or Series A funding rounds. An Investor Partner is a potential lead investor in a graduating Startup Team.

MEIA intends to have two cohorts per year, with 6 teams per cohort. An Investor Partnership is a one-year commitment to support both cohorts.


What does the Investor Partner do?

Investor Partners have four responsibilities.

1. Participate in one public panel discussion that discusses what you look for in your investments, and how it might be different than others on the panel.

2. Attend the Pitch Practice Session for each cohort and give detailed feedback on at least one startup pitch (as designated by MEIA).

3. Attend the MEIA Cohort Finale VIP Pitch Event for each cohort, provide basic feedback on all pitches, and indicate which firms you would like to meet separately (if any).

4. Create relationships with our teams as a prospective Seed or Series-A funder.


What do Investor Partners get from MEIA?

The ability to observe the teams and meet with the teams informally. Investor Partners also receive one free ticket to each MEIA Cohort Finale VIP Pitch Event, which includes dinner and networking, for the participant who will be providing feedback.


What makes MEIA different than other accelerators?

MEIA is focused on surrounding technology with a team of credible people who want to start a business. All of our technology will be in the clean energy or sustainability sectors. All of our technology will be invented by faculty or scientists who work in a Maryland university or federal laboratory. Our mission is to create investible clean energy businesses.


Are Non-Disclosure Agreements Required?

An NDA is not required. 


How much does it cost to become an Investor Partner?

There is no charge. Donations to MEIA are welcomed.


Are there other marketing benefits for being an Investor Partner?

No, but Investor Partner’s firms are welcome to become Corporate Sponsors. Please see the Corporate Sponsor FAQ for more information.


How do I become an Investor Partner?

Contact MEIA to inquire.

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