Maryland Innovation Center

Maryland Innovation Center’s three-part seminar, held on May 18, May 25, and June 1 is designed for you to explore your interest in a business and will teach you through actual exercises how to develop a business idea into a more complete business or product idea.

  • The first session will help you explore your idea and give you some tools for inexpensively testing and validating them.
  • The second session will introduce you to ways to refine your ideas and show you some of the rich sources of business ideas available in Maryland.
  • The final session will help you explore rapid prototyping and getting some fast customer feedback to refine your idea. We will also cover next steps and what you can do to start implementing your idea.

When you are done with the program you will have a refined business or product idea and a set of tools to develop future ideas. Please note, it is highly encouraged to attend all three sessions.


Vance MacEwen, MA, MBA, Entrepreneur in Residence at the Maryland Innovation Center (MIC) and co-founder CEO of Greatest Possible Good, a design thinking firm for social good. Vance mentors residents and affiliates of the MIC and volunteers through the Maryland Tech Council Venture Mentor Services, SEED SPOT, and the Youth Leaders of the Americas Initiative. Greatest Possible Good, winner of the 2019 MICA UP/Start Venture Competition, works with social entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and small businesses to align teams and executives’ actions with their visions for impact. Vance previously served as chief of staff for Montgomery County Delegate Al Carr, English teacher at a private school in Chengdu, China, and work crew member at McDonogh School. He loves helping founders find their North Stars, hone their business strategies, and win pitches. He is a certified Kauffman FastTrac facilitator.

Registration is limited and includes a light lunch. Ticket sales will close on May 17.