Innovation in Delaware

America’s No. 1 state for patents per capita

In the First State, our collaborative spirit and interdisciplinary strengths allow us to punch above our weight in the innovation game. Our track record includes some of today’s biggest names in business, including DuPont, Gore and Incyte, and spans all major Delaware industries along with a host of top-performing incubators, co-working spaces and more.

Today, Delaware startups are supported by our diverse workforce and ideal location at the center of more than 100 top universities. Our pro-business legal and regulatory climate, including the globally-recognized Delaware Court of Chancery, and supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem comprise just some of the many benefits that facilitate innovation in Delaware.

Supporting Your Business from the Start

Delaware offers a wide range of support, from financing to R&D

Delaware supports innovative enterprises with incentives, financing options, R&D and business development support, including:

Helping Your Business Grow

For small businesses, entrepreneurs and start-ups

Delaware is proud to provide business development support with the following resources:

  • Small Business Development Center: Our only statewide, nationally accredited program that provides high quality one-on-one consulting, training and information resources to help small businesses grow and succeed.
  • University of Delaware Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships: Mentors Delaware entrepreneurs from ideation to commercialization, including facilitating patent applications.
  • First State Innovation: Focuses on helping tech-based and early-stage companies find capital, funding and talent. Also provides access to its own investor group, FSI Angel Network, which has raised more than $10 million for investment in early-stage companies in Delaware.
  • Tech Forum of Delaware: Helps Delaware entrepreneurs identify new business opportunities and build profitable relationships through networking, education and more.

Collaborative Spaces for Doers

Because working together provides greater results

Whether you’re a new company or already established, Delaware has options for employers seeking top workspace, including:

  • 1313 Innovation: Affordable workspace, co-working and private offices for entrepreneurs, start-ups and driven professionals in the heart of Wilmington.
  • Delaware Technology Park: A leading nonprofit research park designed to provide early-stage companies with access to resources and connections. Today, more than 100 companies have set up operations here. DTP also has co-working labs and office space at the STAR campus.
  • Delaware Innovation Space: Operating at DuPont’s Experimental Station campus, this space offers more than 100,000 square feet of state-of-the-art lab space, focused on supporting growing companies in science, technology, manufacturing and more.
  • Emerging Enterprise Center: Provides affordable office space for entrepreneurs, along with regular pitching, incubator, mentorship and networking programs.
  • The Mill: A community and co-working space in Wilmington that was built to meet the needs of freelancers and Fortune 500 companies alike and provides unique and modern shared workspace.
  • Middletown Business Incubator & Collaborative Workspace: Provides resources for businesses and entrepreneurs to grow and be successful in the southern New Castle area.

Powered by Invention

In Delaware, innovation occurs in all regions of our state

Running straight through the heart of Wilmington, Delaware’s stretch of I-95 is home to our state’s largest innovation corridor. The area includes several top companies in key industries, such as business and financial services, as well as prominent education and research partners and supportive co-working and incubator spaces.

Outside of the I-95 area, our counties are home to a diverse range of industry leaders pushing new technologies, inventions and ideas, such as our agricultural leaders in Sussex County and healthcare pioneers in Kent County.

Meet some of our innovative companies operating across Delaware: