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 150 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.
Delaware supports innovative enterprises with incentives, financing options, R&D and business development support, including:
Delaware is proud to provide business development support with the following resources:
Whether you’re a new company or already established, Delaware has options for employers seeking top workspace, including:
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:
RISK CAPITAL AND ENTREPRENUERIAL INFRASTRUCTURE INDEX (MILKEN INSTITUTE, 2022)
HIGHEST CONCENTRATION OF EMPLOYED PHDS IN HEALTH, SCIENCE, AND ENGINEERING (NSF, 2019)
BEST INNOVATION ENVIRONMENT IN THE COUNTRY (WALLETHUB, 2023)
STATE TECHNOLOGY & SCIENCE INDEX (MILKEN INSTITUTE 2022)
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