The city has changed in recent years with a surge in both the technology and innovation sectors. That is, in part, because of incubators taking root in the city and opportunities for innovation and research opening. The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), plays a large role in pushing innovation with both research programs and business partnerships.
Baltimore also has co-working spaces and tech-focused organizations for entrepreneurs and startups including Betamore and Spark Baltimore, both of which provide startup support. The Baltimore Development Corporation and the Maryland Small Business Development Center also assist startups with access to funding, incentives, counseling, and training support.