March 20, 2017
Today at the University of Maryland Baltimore County Research Park, Eccalon CEO Andre Gudger welcomed Dutch cybersecurity companies who are part of a cooperative industry exchange program between The Netherlands and the United States. Ten companies from both nations will be given the opportunity to set up temporary or “soft landing” operations for free in hopes of gaining access to incubation and mentorship services.
“As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, it is imperative that we do not isolate ourselves within our innovative capacities, but rather seek ways to learn from the best practices of other entrepreneurs and nations,” said Andre in his welcoming address.
The program is advantageous for all participants as it gives exposure to international markets, while giving access to local resources. For instance, Dutch companies can benefit from Maryland’s more than 10,000 IT and cybersecurity companies, who together generate more than $39 billion in annual economic activity, as well as the multitudes of higher-education institutions designated as National Academic Centers of Excellence in Cyber Defense.