North Star Innovation Partners Clients

North Star has worked with a range of economic development groups and academic institutions on the feasibility, planning and management of innovation infrastructure, access to angel capital and the development of “ecosystems” for entrepreneurs.

North Star President Lisa Smith also has assisted more than 30 communities with the feasibility, planning and management of business incubation-related projects. These clients include:

AlleganyCounty, MD Economic Development  

Arlington County, VA

Chesapeake Bay Region Technical   Center of Excellence

City or Bowie, MD

Downtown Jackson Partnership, Jackson, MS

Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

Frederick County, MD Economic Development

Harford County, MD Economic Development

James Street Improvement District, Lancaster, PA

Kansas City Area Life Science Institute

MD-National Capital Park and Planning Commission-Prince George’s Planning

Maryland Technology Development Corporation

Midshore Regional Council of Maryland

New Jersey Economic Development Authority                    

Sarasota Economic Development Corporation

Towson University

Virgin Islands Economic Development Corporation

Washington, DC Economic Development Partnership

Vermont Department of Economic Development

Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology


“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas, as in escaping old ones.”

John Maynard Keynes, Economist