AccelerateBaltimore startups will be based out of the ETC's new Highlandtown office.
Doors are open at 101 North Haven Street, as the Emerging Technology Center (ETC) finished moving from its previous office inside Canton’s Can Company complex and into its new, third-floor office inside the old King Cork and Seal Building this weekend.
See photos of the new space below. See pre-construction photos here.
The 20,000-square-foot space split between halves of the same floor is slightly smaller than the 50,000 square feet the ETC had inside its Canton office. But as ETC president Deb Tillett told Technical.ly Baltimore in April, the new office is a “chance to start ‘fresh’ to really define what the space would be.” Tillett took over the job as ETC president in summer 2012.
The new building sits to the east of Patterson Park and is near the Highlandtown neighborhood. It’s inside an Enterprise Zone, which makes the 10 technology companies that have already committed to office space inside the ETC Highlandtown eligible for tax credits. In total, 12 companies are working from the ETC’s new building at 101 N. Haven St., although two of those companies, including Lyft, are affiliate companies that pay to use services at the ETC’s new space or at its other location at Johns Hopkins University – Eastern Campus on 33rd Street.
In addition to office space, the new location is also equipped with showers in the bathroom facilities and a small gym, which is on the second floor of the building.
A nonprofit created in 1999, the ETC is overseen by the Baltimore Development Corporation, which provides one-third of the ETC’s annual $2.1 million budget. Much of the other two-thirds the ETC raises by renting out office space and affiliate services — coworking space, for example — to tech companies. For two years running, the ETC has overseen AccelerateBaltimore, the city’s homegrown accelerator through which startups receive $25,000 in seed funding and free affiliate memberships at the ETC for a three-month period.
Tillett said the ETC is planning to hold an open house at the new location in early December.