DESCA Programs help innovators and technologists plug into Delaware's innovation ecosystem by connecting them to resources, mentors and funding/strategic partners to help speed the commercialization of their products
Launched in 2020, Tech2MarketSM introduces early stage startups, technologists and innovations to foundational product commercialization concepts to help them better leverage their ROI on existing programs offered by the Delaware entrepreneurial ecosystem. The perfect precursor to NSF iCorps, Tech2MarketSM is designed and led by chemical industry leaders and takes innovators and researchers OUT OF academia to give them a taste of business and the world of technology commercialization. The program is highly focused on introducing business tools and applying those tools to real world examples in industry. Learn more about Tech2Market HERE
Our virtual lunch & learns and webinars provide information on how to access BIRD Grants, SBIR/STTR Grants, legal aspects of IP and contracts, developing a value proposition, polishing your investor pitch and more. Keep checking the home for the updated schedule and join the more than 1,200 individuals that have participated in our events.
A monthly, informal discussion group led by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. A place to ask practical questions and obtain answers about how to run a startup in the chemicals and materials spaces: What's the best way to track time for SBIR Grants? Where have you had luck finding candidates for senior roles? How do you handle hazardous waste pickup? If the group does have the answers, then we'll bring outside experts who do. Contact us if you'd like to join this growing group!
This venture forum is designed uniquely for pre-vetted, high value startups and qualified investors, corporate strategic funds, and corporate innovation groups. To date, DESCA has held 5 Investor Forums. The companies selected by DESCA to pitch in these forums have collectively raised >$85M in venture capital and secured development relationships or licensing deals with companies such as Shell, Koch Industries, Air Liquide, GE, BASF, Cargill, AkzoNobel and/or undergone profitable acquisitions.