Clay Hickson Named Maryland Business Incubation Association President

Clay Hickson

Clay Hickson, executive director of TowsonGlobal Business Incubator, has been named president of the Maryland Business Incubation Association (MBIA).

As president of the MBIA, Hickson will lead a network of more than 20 business incubation and innovation centers across the state, representing nearly 450 entrepreneurial ventures from a wide variety of sectors.  Maryland’s incubators foster entrepreneurship and contribute substantially to the Maryland economy through the creation of thousands of jobs and the generation of significant tax revenue.

"Maryland has a strong incubation ecosystem, and I am honored to help continue building the resources that allow our entrepreneurs to create innovations, new opportunities, and jobs that have a real impact on our region's economy," said Hickson.

Hickson has led Towson University’s Business Incubator, TowsonGlobal, since its inception in 2007.   TowsonGlobal and its member companies have supported more than 155 jobs and created an estimated near $8 million in total economic activity since its opening.  Hickson was an entrepreneur himself prior to joining the incubator, having founded and led for eight years an international management consulting practice that focused on strategic planning, market research and business development.

“Towson University strives to facilitate entrepreneurship and innovation in the region,” said, Dyan Brasington, vice president of Economic Development and Community Outreach at Towson University.  “And we are pleased to support Clay and the mission of the MBIA to strengthen business growth and economic development in Maryland.

Hickson succeeds Sarah Djamshidi of the Chesapeake Innovation Center as president.  Other officers of MBIA are Neil Davis of the Emerging Technology Centers, vice president; Lisa Smith of Bowie Business Innovation Center, secretary; Walt Schulz of the techcenter@UMBC. treasurer. 

Hickson holds a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University and an M.A. in International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

The Maryland Business Incubation Association (MBIA) ( is a member organization of more than 20 business incubators operating in Maryland. MBIA members are dedicated to helping Maryland businesses grow and prosper and to sharing resources, information and best practices among the members with the overall goal of promoting business incubation excellence within all Maryland's incubators. Through leveraging of individual and state-wide resources, members are able to provide a comprehensive package of valuable business and technical assistance to start-up companies in Maryland.

TowsonGlobal ( is Towson University's business incubator that helps entrepreneurial ventures learn how to compete in the global economy, both at home and abroad. TowsonGlobal provides businesses a wide range of support, including high-quality, affordable office facilities; business counseling; mentoring; networking assistance; workshops and other educational forums. Members also draw from the experience of an active advisory board comprised of executives in technology, financial and legal services, logistics, manufacturing, contracting and venture capital fields.

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