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Montgomery County development arm adds resource for new hospitality tech accelerator | Maryland Daily Record

Growth Advisors International Network (GAIN) and Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) Thursday announced that GAIN will join the team to support a key MCEDC initiative, the Hospitality Tech Accelerator: Innovating the Future.

The inaugural cohort will be held this Spring and will focus on some of the hospitality industry’s top sustainability challenges, such as energy, water and waste reduction and management. Experts in the travel, foodservice and hospitality industries from GAIN will join leaders from Bethesda Green’s Innovation Lab network to provide hands-on mentorship and industry guidance to participating founders.

Selected companies, to be announced shortly, will participate in a series of workshops and pitch practice sessions coordinated by Bethesda Green and participate in an end-of-program pitch event in front of industry leaders. Workshops will address some of the challenges of deploying sustainable solutions within the hospitality industry.

Montgomery County is a top hospitality hub which includes the headquarters of Bethesda-based Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel and global hospitality company, and Choice Hotels, headquartered in Rockville, one of the world’s largest lodging franchisors. B.F. Saul, Sodexo and Host Hotels & Resorts are among the many hospitality companies that call Montgomery County home.

The MCEDC is the official public-private economic development organization representing Montgomery County. Created in 2016, MCEDC is led by a board of directors of business executives. Its mission is to help businesses start, grow and relocate in Montgomery County by helping them gain access to top talent, business and market intelligence and prime locations.

Bethesda Green, a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2008, works to address environmental challenges locally by creating a sustainable, green community, built collaboratively through citizen engagement, environmental education, government partnership and innovative business development.

GAIN is a global collective of seasoned C-level commercial, tech, operations and marketing executives, delivering an advisory platform focused on tactical and actionable solutions to drive growth, industry impact and intelligent commercial expansion for the travel, foodservice and hospitality industry.