Featured Entrepreneurs

Steve Boerner

Steve Boerner, Managing Director of Hatch House Ventures

Steve is the President of Hatch House Ventures, a network of startup pre-accelerator programs in partnership with higher education. Through his work with entrepreneurship and regional economic development, Hatch House Ventures spun off a sister-company, HeliumIQ. HeliumIQ is an entrepreneurial ecosystem management software company serving private communities and public regions for the betterment of regional stakeholder and resource connectivity. Today, Steve is focused on the growth of the software company while Hatch House Ventures remains in operation in two locations.

For more information on Hatch House Ventures or HeliumIQ, go to www.hatchhouseventures.com or www.heliumiq.com.

Joe DePaulo

Joe DePaulo, College Ave Student Loans

Founded in August 2014, by Joe DePaulo and his team, College Ave Student Loans, is setting out to make borrowing for college simple, clear and personalized.

For more information on College Ave Student Loans, go to www.collegeavestudentloans.com.

Mac Nagaswami

Mac Nagaswami, Carvertise

Carvertise places a brand's message in a unique place - the roads where customers travel. We match brands with everyday car drivers who are willing to put an ad on their car and who reach a specific audience that the brand cares about. We recruit fitting drivers for our client, wrapping the vehicles belonging to the drivers we selected, and monitoring the wrapped car's driving behavior using a patent-pending analytics platform which provides impression counts. Some of our clients to date include: ShopRite, Wilmington University, and the State of Delaware.

For more information on Carvertise, go to http://www.carvertise.com/.

Nikhil Paul

Nikhil Paul, Co-founder/CEO of Nfoshare

Nfoshare is the easiest way to increase employee engagement. Each week,our software checks-in with your employees using 10 second anonymous and fun email surveys. Nfoshare gauges real-time employee morale and collects other feedback points and at the end of the month/quarter, we create simple personalized research-based suggestions to help managers/HR hit their goals and increase company morale.

For more information on Nfoshare, go to https://nfoshare.com.

William Wallach

William Wallach, CEO of ILC Dover

William Wallach is the CEO of ILC Dover and has been with the company for the past 17 years leading the efforts to diversify the company from being a Government contractor to a company that is now well balanced between the Government and Commercial sectors. ILC is focused on creating what is next and we continue to provide unique solutions that help our customers protect their product and their employees.

ILC Dover is a world leader in the innovative design and production of engineered products employing high-performance flexible materials. Since 1947, ILC has provided engineered solutions to complex customer problems. Known for the production of space suits for NASA, we leverage our vast materials, engineering and design experience to create high performance Powder Handling Systems for pharmaceutical and life sciences customers, Personal Protection Equipment and Lighter than Air systems for commercial and government customers, and now Intermediate Bulk Packaging solutions with the acquisition of Grayling Industries.

For more information on ILC Dover, go to http://www.ilcdover.com.

Vance Kershner

Vance Kershner, Founder and CEO of LabWare

Vance Kershner is the founder and CEO of LabWare, a world leading laboratory informatics company. LabWare sells laboratory information management systems (LIMS) software to streamline workflow and automate laboratory processes. The Company's major customers are Fortune 500 pharmaceutical, petrochemical, food and beverage and biotechnology companies, in over 100 countries. LabWare has received significant recognition for product quality and customer service. LabWare has grown organically to over $100M in revenue, with offices in twenty countries. Vance who lives in Wilmington, where LabWare is headquartered, believes Delaware is a great place for innovation.

Vance also serves as a General Partner of Leading Edge Ventures, a early stage venture capital partnership targeting technology companies in Delaware and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic region. The fund promotes the development of entrepreneurial technology companies in Delaware.

For more information on LabWare, go to http://www.labware.com.

Richard-Birkmeyer, Ph.D.

Richard-Birkmeyer, Ph.D., President and CEO of CD Diagnostics, Inc.

Dr. Birkmeyer (Rick) is currently the President & CEO of CD Diagnostics, Inc. CD Diagnostics combines expertise in immunoassay development with biomarker research, patented technology, CLIA certified laboratory testing services, and cGMP manufacturing to deliver a range of products that address challenging diagnostic issues. The company’s newest product, Synovasure™, is the first and only test specifically developed and validated for the diagnosis of periprosthetic joint infection (PJI). This new technology has had a tremendous impact on the orthopaedic community because, for the first time, surgeons can detect PJI with unbelievably high accuracy. Physicians receive a simple negative or positive result for infection within 24 hours, alleviating variability caused by interpretation of subjective tests and, therefore, improving patient outcomes. The company has received numerous awards and has been featured on the Discovery Channel for this innovative technology.

Rick also serves as a General Partner of Leading Edge Ventures, a venture capital partnership targeting early stage technology companies in Delaware and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic region. The fund promotes the development of entrepreneurial technology companies in Delaware.

For more information on CD Diagnostics, go to http://www.cddiagnostics.com.

Wilson Toussaint Jr., Erin Gerald Affiliates

Wilson Toussaint Jr., President and CEO of Erin Gerald Affiliates

Wilson Toussaint Jr. is President and CEO of Erin Gerald Affiliates, a professional services firm founded in 2006 that helps clients use technology to grow their businesses and reduce operating costs. Our clients work with us because they are 1) concerned about missed revenue opportunities caused by an ineffective web/social media presence, 2) worried about losing ground to competitors who are using technology more effectively to reach and convert customers, 3) frustrated by the rising cost of manual processes due to suboptimal business software, and/or 4) upset because they want to sell their products online but don't know how to get started.

Wilson Toussaint Jr. has over 23 years of management consulting and industry experience leading technology-based product development initiatives, many of which have produced 8 and 9-figure annual revenue streams, winning prestigious industry awards such as CIO Magazine's Bold 100 Award in 2005. He has an MBA from Cornell University and a B.S. in Computer Science from Drexel University.

For more information on Erin Gerald Affiliates, go to http://www.ErinGerald.com.

Justin Logan, BuildingBlok

Justin Nolan - Founder and CEO of BuildingBlok

Justin Nolan is the Founder and CEO of BuildingBlok, a cloud-based construction management and communications software platform. BuildingBlok increases transparency and accountability for all parties involved in residential, commercial and industrial construction projects. It also reduces mistakes and related costs, litigation and improves the efficiency and economics of managing construction. BuildingBlok's customers include state and city governments and agencies, and private sector commercial and industrial owners, builders, and contractors. Mr. Nolan was previously with Hill International and is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.

For more information about BuildingBlok, go to http://www.BuildingBlok.com.

David Pensak, Vaporiety

David Pensak, Founder of Vaporiety

David Pensak founded Vaporiety after a 30-year career at DuPont, where he held myriad senior research positions and served as a corporate technology growth champion, providing guidance for and managing advanced computer-technology explorations and development and advanced materials. He now runs the Pensak Innovation Institute, which is commercializing some of his chemical inventions. Vaporiety was cited by the Kauffman Foundation as one of the 50 most innovative start-ups in the world in 2011.

He was the founder and inventor of technology for three successful information security companies. Raptor Systems provided the first commercial Internet firewalls for business and industry. The company's rapid growth, commercial success and eventual acquisition by AXENT Technologies (now Symantec) led to technical and financial recognition. Subsequently, he founded Authentica (acquired by EMC in February 2006), a recognized leader in the enterprise digital rights management market space, and then Vi Laboratories, a leader in piracy prevention software. He has acted as an adviser for the U.S. Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, the Clinton Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection, the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment, The Henry Ford Museum, and the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

After retiring from DuPont, he joined the faculty at the Wharton School of Business. He is the author of Innovation for Underdogs (Career Press, 2008) and is currently on the faculties of George Washington University School of Law and the University of Delaware Business School. He holds an AB from Princeton in Chemistry and an AM and PhD from Harvard, both in Chemistry.

For more information about Vaporiety, go to http://www.vaporiety.com/.

Brian Sowards, Founder and CEO of USEED

Brian Sowards, Founder & CEO of USEED

USEED enables universities to share interesting things their students want to do with their alumni, who can in turn promote them on facebook, give them advice on LinkedIn, and donate to support their projects. We increase the real world experiences students gain in college and teach them how to effectively build their professional network online, so that if they can't find a job on graduation, they know how to make one.

For more information about USEED, go to http://USEED.co/.

Matt Urban, Möbius New Media

Matt Urban, Co-Founder and CEO of Möbius New Media, Inc.

Möbius New Media is a full-service creative agency offering web design and programming, video production, print design, photography, online marketing and advertising, and overall marketing and brand building strategy services to local, national, and international clientele. Möbius' reputation has been built by delivering consistently innovative solutions by using cutting-edge technologies combined with strong strategic guidance, superior creative leadership, and a highly-skilled creative and technical team. This year Mobius is celebrating its 15th year in business.

Matt Urban is a founding partner of Möbius New Media, Inc. He has over 21 years experience planning, organizing and executing high visibility strategic marketing and communication projects. Matt has led Möbius to its focus on 'big picture' solutions that focus not just on the creative services that Möbius provides, but that work in synergy with their client's overall marketing and business objectives and produce clearly trackable results. Matt is an also award-winning video producer, and has extensive hands-on experience with graphic design, photography, audio production, writing, DVD authoring, and other interactive multimedia.

In addition to his work with Möbius New Media, Matt has served as a senior volunteer leader within the local and national Sierra Club organization since 2002, where he currently sits as Vice-Chair of the Sierra Club's national Council of Club Leaders. In addition, he advises the Sierra Club's national Board of Directors on issues pertaining to the national volunteer structure, organizational effectiveness, and leadership development best-practices throughout the club.

For more information about Möbius New Media, go to http://www.mobiusnm.com/.

Michael Phelan, SevOne

Michael Phelan, President & CEO of SevOne Inc.

SevOne Inc. provides a distributed network performance management solution that delivers the fastest, most scalable, and comprehensive real-time monitoring, troubleshooting and performance reporting solution to ensure application performance and reliability. The SevOne Performance Appliance Solution (SevOne PASTM) enables enterprises, cloud and service providers, and government organizations to keep increasingly complex networks, servers and applications functioning at peak performance levels. The SevOne solution is capable of monitoring millions of IT elements and flows, providing IT operations teams with the most accurate and timely data available to ensure enterprise-wide performance and reliability for business applications.

Michael Phelan has served as President and CEO of SevOne since September 2006 and has led the company’s founding team. As a seasoned executive and entrepreneur in the storage networking industry, Mr. Phelan has served successfully in many leadership roles including Founder/President of StorNet, Inc. and CEO/COO of SoluNet, Inc.

Mr. Phelan founded StorNet in 1990 and as the company’s CEO, he successfully built the company into a leading national consulting and storage networking integration firm. StorNet enjoyed 11 years of consecutive double-digit growth and profitability and achieved $80 million in revenue. Mr. Phelan’s leadership and expertise led the company to being awarded the Emerging Business of the Year Award by Ernst and Young in 1994. The company was sold to Vangard Technologies, Inc. in 2000. In addition, Mr. Phelan was named one of the Top 20 Visionaries in the storage networking market by CMS VAR Business magazine in 2001.

For more information about SevOne, go to http://www.sevone.com/.

Mark Stellini, Virtual Resources

Mark Stellini, President & CEO of Virtual Resources

Virtual Resources is a cloud based information technology provider in Hockessin, DE with deep regional roots. We eliminate the capital outlay associated with owning and operating technology infrastructure. For a monthly per user fee, VR offers your small business access to enterprise-class computing and telecommunication.

For more information about Virtual Resources, go to http://www.vresources.net/.

Ben du Pont, yet2.com

Ben du Pont, Co-Founder and President yet2.com

Ben is co-founder and President of yet2.com, a global marketplace for technology. Founded in 1999, yet2.com creates mutually beneficial partnerships between companies leveraging new technology and patents. yet2.com was one the world's first open innovation platforms. About a quarter of the Fortune 500 directly engages yet2.com and most of the Fortune 500 are engaged in deal discussions through yet2.com, ranging from new drug-delivery technologies to new heavy-oil recovery technologies.

yet2.com has offices in Boston, Liverpool, Tokyo, and Wilmington, Delaware. It was jointly funded by Siemens, Bayer, Caterpillar, Honeywell, P&G, DuPont, and NTT Leasing.

Prior to founding yet2.com, Ben spent 14 years with DuPont in a variety of leadership positions in Specialty Chemicals, Fibers, and Automotive business units. Ben has a 1986 BSME from Tufts University and is a director of Morgan Stanley Capital Index NYSE:MXB, Vianix (a speech compression company), Platinum Research, Longwood Gardens, Jefferson Awards (the highest award for public service in the US), and the Tower Hill School. Ben is a licensed pilot, a ham radio operator, and an avid sailor. Ben lives with his wife Laura and their two children in Wilmington, Delaware.

For more information about yet2.com, go to http://www.yet2.com/.

David C. Gates, Gates and Company

David C. Gates, Founder Gates and Company

David began his career with DuPont, spending eight years at the company in a variety of business units and functional roles.  He left DuPont to acquire a software company, which he grew and sold in 1998.  In 1999, David founded Gates and Company, a management consulting and investment banking firm based in Wilmington.

Gates and Company works with technology-driven, middle-market and Fortune 500 companies.  Its management consulting team helps companies objectively assess their core competencies and/or business initiatives, analyze competitive and market dynamics, and develop winning growth strategies.  Its investment banking team helps companies implement their growth strategies with financial advisory, alliance formation, and merger and acquisition services.  Clients are clustered in the greater Philadelphia regions, but also span a variety of countries, including Austria, Germany, Spain, Israel, India, Brazil, Korea, and Japan.  Gates and Company's client list includes companies like Antares Pharma, Ashland/Hercules, DuPont, FineStationery.com, FMC, Greene Tweed, InternetSeer, JADO Technologies, LG Chem, Maxwell Systems, Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (Japan), Optimer Performance Fibers, PennSummit WindTower, Prince Telecom, Qualicon, Rohm and Haas, Software Consulting Group/Soluziona, W.L. Gore, and many others.

David is an occasional guest lecturer at the MBA programs of Temple University, the University of Delaware, and The Wharton School; Chairman of the Technology Forum of Delaware; Advisory Board Member of First State Innovation, Board Director of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, and Board Director of Junior Achievement of Delaware.  He is a private pilot, skier, and professional keyboard musician and songwriter.

David earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Tulsa, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University, and an MBA from The Wharton School.  He is conversant in German having spent a portion of his undergraduate time at the University of Salzburg, Austria and in a co-op program with Contraves AG in Zurich, Switzerland.

For more information about Gates and Company, go to www.gatesandcompany.com.

Marc A. Olson, FOunder and CEO Nayatek, LLC

Marc A. Olson, Founder and CEO Nayatek, LLC

Marc Olson is the Founder and CEO of Nayatek. Marc possesses significant Senior Management experience in Global Operations, Development Initiatives, and Strategic Market Positioning. Marc has over 10 years of International experience, including EMEA & Asia Pacific, and 20 years of Senior Leadership Experience.

As the former President of Sybari Software in the EMEA markets, he launched the operation with one person in November of 1999 and throughout his tenure grew the organization to include the employ of over 100 professionals across Development, Operations, Sales and Support, in offices which spanned throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He has been active in the computer industry for well over two decades, with experience in security and compliance software & technologies, operations management, and most other vital aspects of business relationships across international corporate cultures. He is a frequent speaker at conferences on security, and technology related topics. Marc has spoken at various network security seminars, industry technology conferences and press conferences.

He is a noted former leader of well respected global organizations such as Sybari, Network Associates, Johnson Controls, and Siemens Business Systems. Throughout his tenure within these major organizations, Marc has served as a pinnacle in the execution of extensive relationships, strategic sales models, and revenue driven plans which have resulted in the reorganization of multi-million dollar client accounts, and revenue producing organizations on a global level.

Mr. Olson also brings significant and quantifiable Senior Management experience in all areas of P&L, Client Relationships, Development, Operations, and Professional Services in Multi Cultural Environments.

Marc possesses more than twenty years of solid and practical Executive Management and Leadership experience across multiple industries and solution bases. He understands the objectives and needs of Top Level Companies and has specialized in implementing innovative strategies, security solutions, and programs to "Go-to-Market" with a well managed and profitable bottom line.

Marc is an achievement oriented, dynamic, and strategic leader with a solid record of accomplishments within high growth entrepreneurial environments. Throughout his successful career he has been recognized with multiple high achiever awards.

For more information about Nayatek, go to www.nayatek.com.

James J. Roszkowski, CEO and President Patria Services Corp.

James J. Roszkowski, CEO and President Patria Services Corp.

Patria Services Corp., a Delaware C Corporation headquartered in Wilmington, DE, uniquely combines expertise in trigger marketing solutions with purpose-built technology to exceed our client's key business metrics and a turn-key engagement in highly profitable, responsive life-event consumer segments.

Patria drives its various client-based business objectives such as new sales, account activation and client retention through its SaaS Segmentation Technology and Delivery Platform, which delivers exclusive relevant and timely offers from trusted, national manufacturers, retailers and service providers combined with our client products and services to meet specific consumer spending and behavioral needs in a timely fashion. Patria offers various ‘life changing event’ or trigger marketing solutions to improve our client’s portfolio profitability.

“We are excited to be headquartered here in Wilmington and thrilled by the support the local community has shown us," says Jim Roszkowski. "Through a strong network of organizations like First State Innovation, we were able to raise significant capital to fund our company’s continuing growth. And since many of our existing and prospective clients have their headquarters or some ties here in Wilmington already, this was the natural place for us to be."

For more information about specific Patria solutions and programs, go to www.mypatria.com.

Jeff Fettermann- Chairman and CEO, ParagonRx

Jeff Fetterman- Chairman and CEO, ParagonRx

Trends and events in healthcare and in the pharmaceutical industry point toward an irreversible shift focused on patient safety and improved benefit versus risk decisions by physicians. Recent legislation gives FDA additional authority to require manufacturers of medications and devices to mitigate product risks. Drug safety is a hot topic in the consumer media; patients are responding to their concerns through direct intervention with their physicians and through non-adherence.

ParagonRx is addressing this profound industry trend by entirely focusing its business, resources, and services on appropriate use of medications and devices. Appropriate use is the right product at the right time with the right administration. ParagonRx deploys a suite of tools to help pharmaceutical manufacturers and marketers create programs that support physicians in making appropriate benefit risk decisions and selections for patients.

Founded in 2001, ParagonRx has provided services for large and small pharmaceutical and device manufacturers in most therapeutic categories. Delaware is an ideal location for ParagonRx, with close proximity to the many pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device manufacturers in the mid-Atlantic area. Delaware provides us a rich supply of business prospects and employee candidates in our own “backyard”.

Mark Parsells- Chairman and CEO, Regulatory DataCorp, International

Mark A. Parsells- Chairman and CEO, Regulatory DataCorp, International

"As the leading provider of Anti-Money Laundering Due Diligence for the world’s largest financial and government institutions, RDC needed to find a convenient location for both Federal Government entities and to the New York City Financial Center clients. Wilmington is ideally located in between these two key centers and is easily accessible by Amtrak’s High Speed Acela Express line. On top of that, Wilmington is also a vibrant financial center in its own right with nearly every major credit card operation located in the City."

"Since RDC’s clients must comply with the US Know Your Customer (KYC) and Patriot Act requirements, there is not a better location in the country with a workforce that is as highly skilled in the area of fraud and anti money laundering prevention."

"In addition, Delaware is a place where things get done – its small size is a HUGE advantage that enables business, large or small, to get things done fast. In fact, when Bain Capital, one of the largest private equity funds in the US with more than $60 Billion under management, came to look at Wilmington as a possible site, the Governor’s Office, The Mayor’s Office, the Delaware Department of Economic Development, First State Innovation, The Committee of 100 as well as many industry and community leaders came out to host their visit, all on very short notice."

"As a result, RDC became the first Bain Capital investment in Delaware. Bain’s partners and principals that attended were so impressed with the level of attention that came together to help promote why Delaware was the right place to locate, they have said they hope to locate other companies here in the future in addition to RDC."

"On top of being a great business environment, it is just a great place to live. It is a beautiful state with a broad array of cultural offerings and world class recreational offerings from wonderful state parks to beaches on the Atlantic. There are fabulous school choices and I love what I call the Wilmington “rush minute,” – we don’t have a “rush hour” here like most of the East Coast urban centers. Bottom line, I am never moving from what I think is the best kept secret in the country – living and working in Delaware. You can visit us online at www.RDC.com or come visit us here in person so you can see why Delaware is a great place to be!"

Elizabeth Browning - Founder and CEO, Lluminari, Inc.

Elizabeth Browning, Founder and CEO Lluminari, Inc.

"When Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Dr. Susan Love and I founded Lluminari, they were both located in California. We decided to make Delaware our corporate headquarters because of the access to New York media markets and the fact that, as a start-up, we thought it would be easier to make things happen in a smaller state. Our first offices were located at the Delaware Technology Park, giving us access to shared services and other entrepreneurs. Plus, we're funded by local angels. Delaware was a great decision."

Lluminari is a health media company that produces original content and programming through a prestigious network of highly regarded health experts who are great communicators. Members of the Lluminari Network include Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Miriam Nelson, Dr. Alice Domar, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Dr. Susan Love, and many others. Among them, they have published over 75 books on health for consumers.

Lluminari made its debut in O, The Oprah Magazine, with a year-long series entitled "Here's to Your Health" that provided readers with baby steps to take towards living a healthier lifestyle. Over the last eight years, the company's health stars have worked with all major media as well as leading corporations on both consumer and employee health initiatives.

Andrew Jefferson - President, Fort Hill Company

Andrew Jefferson President, Fort Hill Company

"Being located in Delaware gives Fort Hill the ability to recruit a well-educated, experienced, and highly motivated workforce -- a key element of our success. Additionally, a cost effective quality of life and easy access to many of our clients made Delaware a great choice for starting and building our organization. FSI is an important initiative to connect people, ideas, and capital which will help continue to grow the entrepreneurial economy in the state and the region."

Fort Hill Company is the industry leader in moving corporate learning from a classroom exercise to a process that produces on the job results. Fort Hill provides the tools, know how and support services to ensure that an organization’s strategic, business, and learning objectives are converted into a competitive advantage.

Over the last five years our web-based Follow-Through Tools® (Friday5s®, Development Engine®, Results Engine®) have been used by more than 50,000 managers in over 48 countries to ensure the follow-through necessary to deliver results that improve performance. Our best selling book, The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning, has received critical acclaim for its ground-breaking approach to corporate learning. Fort Hill works with a wide range of global Fortune 1000 companies in diverse industries to implement follow-through management systems that increase the return on investment of training and development and business initiatives.

Matthew B. Swanson CEO, FineStationery.com, Inc.

"The momentum that FSI is creating will directly benefit entrepreneurs but also create lasting secondary effects for the broader business community by bringing high growth jobs and innovation back into the regional economy."

"With a deep pool of local talent and a quality-of-life that recruiters dream about, Delaware has proven to be an excellent base for building the strong management team we needed."

David Atadan - CEO, Trellist Marketing and Technology, (formerly Integrated Media Concepts, Inc.)

David Atadan CEO, Trellist Marketing and Technology (formerly Integrated Media Concepts, Inc.)

"I attribute part of Trellist’s success to being located in Delaware. There is a rich pool of talent in this region; complementing a thriving business climate."

"Trellist has developed, over the years, an extremely discerning hiring practice, testing skills, personality, and values. As a result, we continue to attract and retain top level talent - over 40 people as of today."

"Trellist's reputation has grown where we are regularly recognized as one of the area's leading marketing and technology firms. Building our reputation to this point is one of my proudest accomplishments as an entrepreneur."

"I have had the opportunity of working with great entrepreneurs and business people in the EAG. This combined vision, with Ernie's leadership, created FSI, which I feel will be an important part in helping to build our region's economy."

"In business, you always need to find the right balance. If you can surround yourself with a staff that supports this concept, you can build a very powerful team."

Featured Entities

Horn Program in Entrepreneurship

The Horn Program in Entrepreneurship develops and delivers world-class educational programming to ignite imaginations and empower world changers. Our offerings emphasize experiential learning, evidence-based entrepreneurship and active engagement with entrepreneurs, business leaders and members of the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem. Through participation in Horn Program courses and co-curricular activities students gain the knowledge, skills, connections and access to resources needed to successfully manifest innovation and thrive in a rapidly changing world.

For more information see our website at http://www.lerner.udel.edu/horn

Leading Edge Ventures

Leading Edge Ventures provides seed and early-stage venture capital financing and guidance to exceptional entrepreneurs whose innovative companies are transforming their markets.

For more information see our website at http://www.leadingedgevc.com

1313 Innovation

Educate. Collaborate. Ideate.

At 1313 Innovation, it’s our mission to enrich Delaware’s business community by being the most groundbreaking technology resource for professionals and students. We strive to connect business leaders, and universities to transform Wilmington into the epitome of innovation. 1313 Innovation will support the development of its members in their roles as business leaders mainly through local and national networking, strategic alliances and partnerships in education.

We focus on Mobile Design and Application Development. We use our space to facilitate ideation sessions, design, and development.

For more information see our website at www.1313innovation.com

Delaware Small Business Development Center

The Delaware Small Business Development Center provides free individualized business advisory services to help businesses achieve their goals and gain a competitive advantage.

We help:

  • Assess and improve strategic and operational performance
  • Identify funding options and secure financing
  • Target and develop markets for products and services
  • Manage essential operational issues
  • Evaluate business opportunities and identify paths forward

Specialized assistance to businesses to successfully:

  • Commercialize innovative technologies
  • Improve marketing using web and IT tools
  • SBIR/STTR and other non-traditional financing
  • Market Research and business potential assessment
  • Locate and apply for government contracts
  • Be prepared for unexpected business disruptions

For more information see our website at http://delawaresbdc.org

New Castle County Chamber of Commerce

The roots of the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce can be traced back to 1922, when it was founded and incorporated as the Newark Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber evolved, expanded its territory and expanded its program base in the early 1960’s. By 1967, it was known as the Greater Newark Chamber of Commerce and serviced businesses as far east of Newark as Prices Corner.

Today, the Chamber has grown from about 300 members in 1979 to over 1,400 members. The Chamber is involved in government affairs, economic development, special events, providing emerging businesses with support and services, offering health and insurance benefits to our members, and overseeing a wide range of programs for businesses of all sizes. Armed with a dynamic business plan, staffed with dedicated employees, and driven by an active, involved membership, the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce strives to be the premier business organization in New Castle County.

For more information see our website at http://www.ncccc.com

The Delaware Technology Park (DTP)

The Delaware Technology Park (DTP) is a recognized leading East Coast non-profit research park, providing development-stage life science, information technology, advanced materials and renewable energy companies with access to the resources and connections needed to drive and accelerate their economic success.

DTP welcomed its first company in 1992. Since its inception, DTP has housed more than 75 companies, including 25 companies that have matured and graduated from the Park. There has been $300 million invested in the Park and an additional $300 million given to DTP organizations through research grants. DTP has helped create more than 16,000 new jobs in the community.

The tremendous success of DTP is possible because of its strategic alignment with the State, the University of Delaware, and the private sector, and it is successfully using this partnership model that has won DTP national recognition. In 2005, the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) recognized DTP as the Outstanding Research/Science Park of the Year. Additionally, the U.S. Council on Competitiveness recognized DTP as a model research park for its regional economic development initiatives across the U.S. and Mexico.

For more information see our website at http://www.deltechpark.org

Emerging Enterprise Center (Small Business Incubator)

The Emerging Enterprise Center at the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce offers office space and assistance to early stage, start-up businesses in New Castle County and the greater Wilmington region. The goal of the EEC is to offer a comprehensive program of assistance so that early stage firms can develop the skills necessary to graduate and grow into thriving businesses. Our EEC companies are exposed to a Balanced Scorecard, designed to help them focus on activities in four key areas: Customers, Education/Personal Growth, Financials and Internal Processes. The incubator program helps nurture the entrepreneurial spirit while promoting economic development in New Castle County by providing affordable office space and business support services, training, mentoring and a network of professional advisors.

For more information see our website at http://www.ncccc.com/cwt/external/wcpages/economic/eec.aspx

World Trade Center Delaware

World Trade Center Delaware is a private-sector, non-profit organization with a dual mission of promoting favorable trade policy and helping small and medium-sized companies succeed in the international marketplace. We work with importers, exporters and service providers. In addition to helping local companies overseas, we also assist foreign companies build their presence in the United States. To fulfill our mission we coordinate a variety of policy programs, international business seminars, and roundtable discussions in addition to providing referrals to our vast global network, an online resource library and troubleshooting assistance.

For more information see our website at www.wtcde.com

The coIN Loft

The coIN Loft is shared office space, and home to a number of startup and seasoned entrepreneurs from various backgrounds and disciplines. We offer desk space on a month-to-month membership basis starting at $50 per month. Our amenities include free Wi-Fi, coffee, desk space, meeting space, a lounge area, and events, however, our greatest amenity is our people. Through collaboration & new opportunity, the coIN Loft environment has helped member businesses gain traction, grow, and raise money.

For more information, visit http://thecoinloft.com/

Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance

The Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance fosters sustainable chemistry innovation by working with thought leaders in industry, government and academia. DESCA links resources in ways that optimizes the funding essential for R&D and translates the benefits of new discoveries into commercial opportunities.

DESCA's Vision

  • Build on Delaware’s chemical and advanced materials foundation
  • Attract multi-institutional grants which fund interdisciplinary research partnerships
  • Foster new technology platforms that create projects and scientific opportunities, investment by multi-national companies, start-up entities and growth in high-wage jobs
  • Provide state-of-the-art infrastructure that becomes a national focal point for sustainable chemistry excellence

For more information, visit http://desustainablechem.org


Founded in 1995, QPS ( www.qps-usa.com) has bioanalysis and DMPK facilities at its Newark, Del., USA headquarters, a laboratory in Taipei, Taiwan, and phase 1 facility in Springfield, Mo. QPS has been providing quality services in regulated and non-regulated bioanalysis (LC/MS/MS, immunoanalytical, and hybridization-ELISA), DMPK, protein biomarkers, pharmacogenomics and pharmacogenetics markers, and phase 1 studies to its clients worldwide.

QPS expands and goes global - read release

For more information, visit www.qps-usa.com

Delaware BioScience Association

Delaware BioScience Association has a broad-based membership including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices, analytical equipment and agricultural products; as well as representatives from academia, medical research, workforce training and other supporting organizations (legal, marketing, consulting, engineering and construction, etc.) that serve the bioscience community. We are focused on being the unified voice for Delaware and the region’s bioscience community to accelerate the growth of human, animal, plant, and industrial biosciences.

For more information, visit www.delawarebio.org

Technology Forum of Delaware

technology: The application of science, especially to industrial or commercial objectives. forum: A gathering place for the purpose of discussion.

The Technology Forum of Delaware is a not-for-profit association which serves the technology markets throughout the Delaware Valley. TechForum DE is dedicated to helping the region's technology business leaders acquire the knowledge, relationships and resources needed to compete and succeed in a global economy.

The goal of TechForum DE is to serve the diverse range of emerging and established technology businesses in the region, from Information Technology to Biotechnology, Alternative Energy and many others. We do this by providing the best and most relevant educational and networking programs on a monthly basis, including both open and exclusive members-only events.

For more information, visit http://www.techforumde.org

The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce

Founded in 1837 as the Wilmington Board of Trade, the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce has a long history as the largest, most influential business organization in the state. The mission of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce is to promote an economic climate that strengthens the competitiveness of Delaware businesses and benefits citizens of the state. The Chamber provides benefits and services for its members; it serves and is recognized as the primary resource on issues affecting companies of all sizes, and it is the leading advocate for business with government in Delaware. Through programs, legislative advocacy, online and printed communications, small-business services and special networking events, the State Chamber is continually providing an enriched environment for businesses and communities to grow. The State Chamber provides unequaled service to the community of Delaware - one day and one business at a time.

For more information, visit http://www.dscc.com

Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships: Delaware Gateway: University of Delaware

The University of Delaware's Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships was established in July of 2008.

The purpose of the Office is to stimulate invention and entrepreneurship and serve as a gateway between the University's knowledge-based assets and industrialopportunities and applications including licensing and contract research.

The Office provides University inventors and entrepreneurs with the capabilities-patenting, legal, marketing, business, technology transfer and licensing- to enable commercialization of the inventive and entrepreneurial output from the University's students, faculty and staff. The Office alsoprovides external interests, including small business start ups, access to the University's knowledge and contributes to economic development in the state and region by establishing partnerships encompassing research, educationand business with other academic, private and public entities. The Office is also collaborating with organizations within the state, including Delaware Technology Park, Delaware Economic Development Office, and First State Innovation, to develop a more entrepreneurial culture.

For more information, visit http://www.udel.edu/oeip/

The Science Center

The University City Science Center was the first, and remains the largest, urban research park in the United States. Established in 1963 and headquartered in Philadelphia, the Science Center provides services that range from incubator space with fully-equipped laboratories and "plug 'n play" offices for entrepreneurs to path-breaking programs designed to demonstrate, nurture, and sustain new technology businesses and bring their benefits to the region and the world.

For more information about the Science Center, please visit the website at http://www.sciencecenter.org

Select Greater Philadelphia

Select Greater Philadelphia is an economic development marketing organization dedicated to building the economy of the Greater Philadelphia region.It focuses its resources on enhancing the profile and image of the region's business community in order to attract businesses.

Select Greater Philadelphia markets the region nationally and globally in order to establish Greater Philadelphia as a top-tier place to do business. The Greater Philadelphia region encompasses northern Delaware, southern New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania.

Select Greater Philadelphia is a non-profit organization directed by a board of 60 CEO's called the CEO Council for Growth, which is an affiliate of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey and the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce.

Select serves as the central point of contact for companies considering an expansion or location in the Greater Philadelphia region. It works cooperatively with eleven county economic development organizations in Greater Philadelphia. The counties are:

  • Delaware: New Castle County
  • New Jersey: Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Mercer and Salem Counties
  • Pennsylvania: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties

Select's services are confidential and complimentary. It proactively recruits companies seeking to expand or locate, provides accurate information about the region, connects companies to service providers, facilitates site and incentive analysis and acts as a liaison between company representatives and economic developers in this tri-state area.

For more information, visit http://www.selectgreaterphiladelphia.com

The Delaware Small Business Development Center

The Delaware Small Business Development Center helps Delaware entrepreneurs grow and manage their small businesses by providing them access to business information, training, and counseling.

The Delaware Small Business Development Center exists to strengthen Delaware’s economic base by providing quality services, such as, management assistance, education programs, and resources to Delaware’s business community and potential entrepreneurs. Since the day we opened our doors in 1983 our goal has been to provide the best quality assistance to Delaware’s business community. Today our four locations house training facilities, libraries, and a wide variety of resources to help your business grow. Our staff of over twenty business professionals comprises the best that Delaware has to offer. All of our Business Advisors have the combination of academic credentials and practical business experience that give them what it takes to help your business. In addition, each and every one has a rigorous professional development requirement. We can’t help your business unless we keep up on what is going on in today’s ever-changing business environment.

The DSBDC, which operates in partnership with the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, and Delaware Technical and Community College can turn to faculty, students, and state-of-the-art business facilities to answer business questions. In addition, the DSBDC can access a national network of over 4000 professional business consultants as well as a National Research Clearinghouse to meet the unique needs of Delaware’s businesses.

The DSBDC is accredited by the Association of Small Business Development Centers. This quality assurance process, patterned after the Malcolm Baldridge Quality Standards, is unique among federally-funded assistance programs.

Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO)

The goal of the ETC is to eliminate entry barriers to market for the entrepreneurs in our State by providing access to: a) intellectual property, b) early stage pre-venture capital and c) low-cost business resources. All we need now are the entrepreneurs.