Droneversity LLC (Wilmington)
Droneversity hopes to revolutionize the aviation and STEM industries through comprehensive drone-related workforce development programs. A diverse range of offerings includes drone pilot ground and flight school for federal certification, STEMulation programs for hands-on education, international eSport drone soccer programs, professional development for educators and consulting services. EDGE funding will help secure a permanent indoor facility as opposed to temporary site hosts where internet connectivity and weather conditions can be challenging. The company’s planned location is in a downtown development zone.
G & R Industries LLC (Smyrna)
G & R Industries is a startup manufacturing company, located in Smyrna, that is bringing an innovative construction hanger to the market. The GRO Hanger provides a safer, faster, stronger and more cost-effective solution for installing piping and fixtures in steel joist construction. EDGE funding will support startup costs, including the purchase of assembly equipment; trade show marketing; testing and certifications; and the initial production run of GRO Hangers.
Paraklete Properties & Design LLC (Viola)
Paraklete Properties is a woman-owned and family-operated business that seeks to provide locally grown baled pine straw. Established in 2019, Paraklete Properties is committed to Delaware’s growth while preserving its natural beauty. EDGE funding will be used to purchase a proprietary pine straw baler as well as to construct a storage location for the straw. The funds will assist in providing an increased volume of densely packed pine bales, with minimally handled straw, as well as provide a protected area for storage before sale.
The Nest Play Cafe (Middletown)
The Nest Play Cafe is an innovative establishment for parents to take their young children, to explore a fun, exciting play area while they relax or interact with other parents in an upscale café lounge and seating area. With a holistic, eco-friendly and Montessori-inspired approach, The Nest Play Café offers programming, including baby sign language; Spanish; Mandarin; sensory play; arts and crafts; and milestone development classes taught by a pediatric occupational therapist. EDGE funding will enable to owners to do Phase 2 of their construction plan for an additional restroom, add plumbing and buy equipment for an organic coffee and smoothie bar area.
Studio B (Harrington)
Studio B seeks to establish a unique fusion of commerce and art by serving as an ultra-fast turnaround print-on-demand hub and a supportive community workspace. The company will offer convenient access to top-notch print work such as restaurant menus, business cards, flyers, banners and more. Additionally, Studio B will extend its services to artists and individuals, providing access to professional assistance, a supportive creative environment and high-end tools and equipment that are typically out of reach for independent creators. EDGE funding will help the company acquire equipment and professional website assistance for effective outreach, marketing and online sales potential.