Delaware Startup Resources

Delaware Pathways

101 Rogers Road
102 / 201B
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 735-4015

Acquiring both academic and technical skills in combination with meaningful work experience gives students the freedom to choose their life’s path.

Delaware Pathways link education and workforce development efforts for youth and provide opportunities for youth to gain work experiences aligned with their career goals through a series of high-quality education programs that link to postsecondary education and careers. Programs and supports are available across Delaware’s local education agencies and a statewide workforce intermediary.

DSU Food Business Incubation Center

1200 N. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 857-6954

The Food Business Incubation Center (FBIC) is a fully-licensed, professionally equipped commercial kitchen for food service producers to start or expand their businesses. The shared-use facility gives prospective business owners a venue for food production without the massive overhead associated with owning and operating a commercial kitchen. The FBIC is open all year round and offers flexible hours. Rates are affordable and discounted based upon usage.

DTCC Entrepreneurship Certificate

400 Stanton Christiana Rd
Newark, DE 19713
(302) 454-3900

Starting and operating a business takes a lot of effort and know-how. The Entrepreneurship Certificate program offers the foundational basics of taking your passion and turning it into a business. This certificate is designed to augment the degrees earned in other academic and technical programs. Whether you are in health care, automotive, refrigeration-heating-air conditioning, agriculture, or any other career vocation, you can learn the basic skills of how to launch your business. 

Forward Delaware

4425 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 761-8085

This is the place where jobseekers find training to enhance or gain skills; and employers connect with a qualified workforce.

The Garage @ DSU

1200 N. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 857-6060

Goldey-Beacom College Entrepreneurial Studies

4701 Limestone Road
Wilmington, DE 19808
(302) 998-8814

Beacom College is a private, co-ed school with a rich history and high standard of educational excellence. A Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Studies offers you a unique and valuable skill set that can set you on a path towards success in the business world. With this concentration, you gain in-depth knowledge and practical experience in various aspects of entrepreneurship, equipping you with the tools you need to launch and manage their own businesses.

Hen Hatch @ UD

132 E Delaware Ave
Newark, DE 19711
(302) 831-4393

UD’s Premier Startup Funding Competition. Entrepreneurial students, alumni, faculty and staff make connections, collect feedback on ideas and compete for startup cash and prizes totaling $100,000.

Horn Summer Founders @ UD

132 E Delaware Ave
Newark, DE 19711
(302) 831-4393

UD’s Pre-Accelerator for Student Ventures. The Summer Founders program is a 12-week program designed for students with early stage startups to work on their ventures and receive a stipend, mentorship and education sessions.

Innovation Delaware (InDE) Fellowship – Horn Program

The InDE Fellowship Program brings together Innovation & Entrepreneurship ecosystem leaders to provide Delaware scientists and researchers with the critical knowledge, skillsets, and connections to successfully translate discoveries and inventions from the lab to the marketplace. The process of translating scientific discoveries to commercial products is often long, inefficient, and risky. An early focus on commercialization of discoveries and comprehensive founder support can add efficiency to the process and make innovations more quickly available to markets. But the path to commercialization requires skills which are not taught in science and engineering curricula. Additionally, they are not taught in many popular start up methodologies (such as lean start up) where the value of research translation is seldom considered.

Innovators’ Hub

This website is intended to be a resource for you, the researcher/inventor/creator.

Integrity Staffing Solutions

700 Prides Crossing
Suite 300
Newark, DE 19713
(833) 446-1300

We’re an associate-first staffing agency with a simple formula for success. Hire happier, more productive talent. Our clients succeed when our associates have the support, tools, and opportunities to thrive.

That’s why Integrity Staffing Solutions provides our talent with pretty great perks. Associates get the benefits, financial tools, and community resources to lead better lives — both on and off the clock.

Job Bank at DSCC

PO Box 671
Wilmington, DE 19899
(302) 655-7221

Looking for a new job? A better job? Looking for great, local employees? Join or build the workforce in the area! You have come to the right place for what you need to know about available jobs, our fantastic local employers, and our great community!

Kauffman FastTrac

Kauffman FastTrac® provides relevant content and tools to support the start, growth, and sustainability of your business.

NSF I-Corps @ UD

132 E Delaware Ave
Newark, DE 19711
(302) 831-4393

The National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) program uses experiential education to help researchers gain valuable insight into entrepreneurship, starting a business or industry requirements and challenges. NSF is developing and nurturing a national innovation network to guide scientific research toward the development of solutions to benefit society. I-Corps enables the transformation of invention to impact. The curriculum integrates scientific inquiry and industrial discovery in an inclusive, data-driven culture driven by rigor, relevance, and evidence. Through I-Corps training, researchers can reduce the time to translate a promising idea from the laboratory to the marketplace.

Ratcliffe Eco-Entrepreneurship Fellows Program at UD (REEF @ UD)

REEF @ UD is a partnership between the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment and the Horn Entrepreneurship with a gift provided by the Ratcliffe Foundation. The program provides entrepreneurship training, mentorship, and funding support to UD students looking to solve environmental problems or improve sustainability. It starts in a classroom setting for four months, culminating with a pitch event where external judges select up to three of the projects to receive a one-year stipend, prototyping funds, and continued mentorship support to continue pursuit of their ideas while they continue their education at UD.

TechImpact IT Works

100 W. 10th Street
Suite 1007
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 256-5015

Ready to kickstart your IT career? With over 500 graduates, ITWorks is a proven program training young people in Philadelphia, PA; Wilmington, DE; and Las Vegas, NV for entry-level IT careers. During the FREE 16-week program, students spent the first 11 weeks in the classroom learning about PC hardware, troubleshooting, IT networking, security, and much more to prepare for the CompTIA A+ certification. Then, students gain real-life, hands-on experience during a five-week internship at a local corporation or nonprofit. The program is offered twice a year – Spring and Fall – and is bolstered by the support of over 100 volunteers in each location.

Techstars Entrepreneur’s Toolkit

Techstars Entrepreneur’s Toolkit is an online educational resource to help you learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and accelerate your success.

UD Horn Blue Hen Proof of Concept

132 E Delaware Ave
Newark, DE 19711
(302) 831-4393

The Blue Hen Proof of Concept (BH-POC) is a program designed to provide gap funding and training during the initial technology commercialization activities of researchers and inventors across the University of Delaware Campus. It supports building prototypes, proving technology concepts and validating that the technology will meet customers’ needs and wants.

UD Maker Gym

125 Academy Street
Newark, DE 19716
(302) 831-2792

The University of Delaware MakerGym is a 5,000 square foot interdisciplinary design and fabrication space, serving all UD students, faculty and staff. Located in the former gymnasium behind Pearson Hall, the UD MakerGym operates as a central hub of the UD MakerNetwork, with state-of-the-art technologies including 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC routing, water-jet cutting, industrial sewing machines, electronics and a full wood shop. The main entrance is located across from the student services building on Lovett Avenue, where you will be greeted by a staff member at the genius bar who will help guide you in turning your ideas into action.

UD MIS Sr. Capstone Projects

303 Alfred Lerner Hall
Newark, DE 19716
(302) 831-6298

The management information systems (MIS) program at UD teaches how to use information technology to solve business problems and find creative competitive advantages. There are several MIS capstone courses that offer real world work experience, and are a great resource for the local business community to take advantage of. Students and employers should contact Barbara Cullis at for more information regarding capstone project courses.

UD Office of Economic Innovation and Partnership

1 Innovation Way
Suite 500
Newark, DE 19711
(302) 831-7140

Achieve new levels of economic development by bringing together the collective and integrated talents of University of Delaware and the state’s business, academic and entrepreneurial communities.

UD Spin-In Program

1 Innovation Way
Suite 500
Newark, DE 19711
(302) 831-7140

UD’s Spin In Program, founded, managed and trademarked by the Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships, connects University undergraduate students with community entrepreneurs and early-stage startups to give them an inside look at business innovation in action and a chance to apply what they’re learning in real-life situations.

Widener University, Delaware Law School

1 University Place
Chester PA 19013
(888) 943-3637

Achieve new levels of economic development by bringing together the collective and integrated talents of University of Delaware and the state’s business, academic and entrepreneurial communities.

Women’s Business Center Talent Learning Management System

A platform of self-led courses that are flexible, personalized, and tailored to your needs and interests to fit your schedule and enhance your professional career, and/or help you explore a new hobby.

WU Entrepreneurship and Small Business Certificate

320 N. DuPont Hwy
New Castle, DE 19720
(877) 967-5464

Master the Basics of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. Explore the concepts and innovations that drive small businesses and position your business for success with Wilmington University’s Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management certificate program. Whether you’re looking to elevate your existing business to the next level or building a startup venture from scratch, courses in finance, small business law, management and marketing can help to sharpen your management skills.

ZipCode Wilmington

1007 N. Orange Street
4th Floor
Wilmington DE 19801
(302) 256-5203

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