Watch: How 3 women founders are navigating Maryland’s startup community

The entrepreneurs behind TEDCO portfolio companies CarrTech, NasaClip and STEER Tech discussed challenges and local opportunities at the latest Startup Grind Maryland event.

Startup Grind Maryland's March event speakers.

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This is a guest post by the organizers of Startup Grind Maryland, of which is a media partner.

As increasing effort and attention gets spent on making entrepreneur ecosystems more inclusive and diverse, women entrepreneurs still face challenges that their male counterparts may not.

That might include imposter syndrome stemming from being the only woman or person of color in a room of investors. It might mean few available business-building resources, or connections to those resources. Or a first-time entrepreneur might also be balancing uneven family responsibilities or taking care of a newborn.

These issues, as well as how three founders — Sue Carr, founder and president of CarrTech; Elizabeth Clayborne, founder and CEO of NasaClip; and Anuja Sonalker, founder and CEO of STEER Tech — navigated through Maryland’s ecosystem, were the focus of the latest event hosted by Startup Grind Maryland. The event, hosted during Women’s History Month, was moderated by TEDCO’s senior venture funds director, Katherine Hill Ritchie.

The three women are all innovative founders, as well as part of TEDCO’s portfolio. Each entrepreneur spoke at length about their experiences overcoming different obstacles, advancing their businesses and securing funding.

You can view a video of the virtual panel below:

Startup Grind Maryland is just one chapter of the world’s largest startup community, with 5 million members in 650 chapters across 140 countries. That community includes a confluence of founders, entrepreneurs, funders, creators and supporters who believe that we are all stronger together.


Those interested in learning more about Startup Grind or getting involved with the Maryland chapter can reach out to co-director Sean Sutherland today:

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