The Global Gateway – Soft Landing Program is designed to provide international entrepreneurs with support and mentorship to facilitate a successful entry into the US market and specifically Maryland. 

Maryland Global Gateway Soft Landing Program for Foreign Companies

Are you a foreign company looking for an opportunity to explore the U.S. market before going “all-in?” Check out the Maryland Global Gateway Soft Landing Program!

International companies who participate in the bwtech@UMBC program have access to successful Entrepreneurs in Residence (EiR’s), thought-leaders, potential customers, investors and partners while being part of an unparalleled ecosystem. 

bwtech is a leading US Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, hosting companies focused in several key industries: cybersecurity/IT, life sciences, engineering, advanced manufacturing and clean energy. Companies in this program will benefit from expert mentoring by highly experienced international business experts and as well as program and services which will help them build a network of opportunities designed to help accelerate their entry into the US market.

How does the Maryland Global Gateway – Soft Landing Program work?

This program allows a foreign company to land up to 2 staff at a time and they are provided with the following resources:

  • Physical spaces for work and meetings
  • Access to signature events and programming such as Maryland New Venture, StartUp Accelerator, SCALEUP MD, and more
  • Entrepreneurs-in-Residence elite mentorship
  • Networking and educational events
  • Matchmaking meetings 
  • Access to business support and service providers (Legal, Accounting, Marketing, Business Development etc)
  • Leverage the proximity to UMBC by collaborating with talented faculty and students

“The Global Gateway program has proven to be a game-changer for Galaxkey, propelling our organization towards new heights of success. The resources and expertise offered have significantly enriched our business operations and enhanced our US market presence. The strategic guidance and mentorship received have played a pivotal role in steering our company towards growth and sustainability. We are particularly appreciative of the exceptional assistance provided by bwtech, especially by Marjie Cota, Aaron Miscenich, and Hillel Glazer. Their commitment to fostering innovation and facilitating collaboration within the tech industry is commendable. The personalized assistance we received from the bwtech team has been invaluable, addressing our specific needs and challenges with a level of dedication that exceeded our expectations.”

Randhir S., Galaxkey Inc.

How are companies selected?

An application needs to be completed, followed by a vetting process. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Who supports this program?

This program is supported by the Maryland Department of Commerce and bwtech. 

Application deadline is July 12, 2024.


During the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, Governor Larry Hogan announced a $2 million investment in the state’s innovative Global Gateway Initiative. Managed by the Maryland Department of Commerce, this first-in-the-nation program helps attract international businesses and ease their transition into the U.S. market by connecting them with local incubators and accelerators.

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