Virtual Incubator Program

Advanced Materials • Industrial Biotechnology • Chemical Ingredients • Renewable Energy • Nutrition /Healthcare

Are you a scientist, researcher, professor, post-doc, or science entrepreneur? Do you have innovative science enabled concepts that you’d like to commercialize but need some help with the “other stuff” like customer discovery, business model generation, securing funding, company formation? We can help! The Virtual Incubator Program helps bridge the gap between research and marketplace and is open to entrepreneurs and startup companies regardless of geographic location (U.S. applicants only for now). Beginning in May 2018 with a soft launch (beta) program, we are accepting a limited number of science entrepreneurs who will receive free venture support and startup services in exchange for helping us better define the formal program offering that will go live later in 2018.

Support and Services

  • Assistance with identifying and applying for grants (e.g. SBIR, STTR)
  • Introduction to early-stage funding sources including angel and venture capital
  • Mentoring and business coaching from experienced entrepreneurs
  • Connections w/legal partners for company formation and intellectual property
  • Assistance with identifying local, regional, and national support programs

Promote your Venture, Connect with the Community

  • VIP venture spotlight in Delaware Innovation Space communications
  • Monthly webinars with content and open dialogue with peers
  • Quarterly onsite events to meet industry, funding, strategic or service partners

VIP is delivered by the Delaware Innovation Space, an innovation ecosystem designed specifically for science entrepreneurs. Our community is centered around two state-of-the-art lab buildings located at the historic Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware. We bring together scientists, business leaders, community members, investors, and service providers in the advanced materials, healthcare, nutrition, chemical ingredients, renewable energy, and industrial biotechnology fields