For over 200 years, Delaware has been at the forefront of innovation and discovery-driven by giants in industry like DuPont. Today this legacy continues to be a pioneering force in the growth and prosperity of our diverse range of industries.
Four companies headquartered in Delaware — AstraZeneca, Corteva, DuPont and Delaware’s robust ecosystem of professional and financial support, as well government, education and media resources, provides a fertile environment for business growth and innovation.
Delaware is consistently recognized for our state of innovation:
Top ten best states for entrepreneurship (U.S. News & World Report, 2019)
#2 Average Number of Minority-Owned Businesses (Paychex, 2018)
The newly built Chemours building at STAR is the global chemical company’s research and development headquarters, with access to a talented workforce from a top ten chemical engineering program.
The Tower at STAR Campus is an integral part of the University’s College of Health Sciences with language, hearing, speech and sleep research facilities.
The University of Delaware fosters entrepreneurial talent with the highly regarded Horn Entrepreneurship Program, which gives students access to hands-on, project- based learning with potential venture capital investment.
Delaware Technology Park (DTP): DTP is a leading nonprofit research park designed to provide early-stage companies with access to resources and connections.
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.
First Founder’s Accelerator: The Accelerator’s mission is to boost underrepresented founders — those from one or more groups including racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ, people with disabilities and women — with a free 12-week program of educational sessions and mentoring.
Equitable Entrepreneurial Ecosystem (E3): Barclays US Consumer Bank, Pete du Pont Freedom Foundation and Wilmington Alliance partnered to create E3 to foster racial equity, especially in terms of resources, contracts and funding.
In 2016, the Center for Composite Materials (CCM) at the University of Delaware received a $14.9 million three-year grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for the Tailorable Feedstock and Forming Program, which could potentially revolutionize the use of composite materials worldwide as a replacement for small metal parts in the aerospace industry.