Delaware News Roundup: Innovation Space’s first fund has more money and resources for science startups

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Great news for science startups.

Delaware Innovation Space has increased the amount of money and support offered in its First fund program, which helps science startups grow by providing resources, lab space, and seed funding. Regional startups including Versogenic and Diagnosis Gaskiya are among those who have benefited from the program.

“We’ve increased the amount of cash and support up to $200,000 per company and are offering up to 50% discounts for access to our state-of-the-art labs as part of the package,” the CEO said. of DIS. Invoice Provide noted. “Additionally, every startup we invest in can take advantage of the many mentoring and support services we offer.”

The deadline to apply is March 31.

DIS also announced that its Sciences, Inc. accelerator announced its third cohort. While the previous cohort included a plethora of green tech startups such as Elyte Energy and Carbon reform, it is full of expertise in medical technologies and health technologies. You may not know their names yet, but these innovators are ready to grow:

$56 million for broadband infrastructure

In other news, Governor John Carney and State Information Director Jason Clark from Department of Technology and Information this week announced $56 million in Broadband Infrastructure Grants to begin making high-speed, wired broadband connections available to every home in Delaware.

“Hasn’t Delaware got universal broadband already?” you can ask. Indeed, this has been an ongoing project for the state. But that grant is for wired infrastructure, which many parts of the state don’t have.

Comcast, Verizon and Mediacom will use the funding to expand their existing coverage areas to serve more than 11,600 Delaware homes and businesses that do not have access to wireline broadband service. Construction is expected to begin in the coming weeks.

What else happened this week in Delaware?

Barclays US Consumer Bank agreed to pay an additional $100,000 to the Pete du Pont Freedom Foundationin addition to the $300,000 already donated to the organization since 2020 to support its Fair entrepreneurial ecosystem (E3) and Reinventing Delaware program.

Power Delmarva donated $400,000 to four area community colleges and historically black colleges and universities to support local scholarships, teacher training, and a program to educate future members of the energy workforce. The recipients are Delaware State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Delaware Technical Community College and Wor-Wic Community College.

This week, Chemours joined representatives of the National Hockey League and the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation launch a new science, technology, engineering and math curriculum for students in grades four to eight in Drexel Neumann Academy in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Newark hosted a grand opening for their new maverick music studio. The program is part of a national non-profit organization, the Music & Youth Initiativewhich is part of a larger partnership with Boys and Girls Clubs of America. The Music and Youth Initiative provides music education and mentorship to young people who would otherwise not have access to such resources. The program will be at the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club, Newark Charter High School and William Penn High School.

Inside the Maverick studio. (Courtesy picture)

Upcoming Delaware Events

YWCA Delaware and DSU Trauma Academy start the series “Racial Conversations of Transformational Healing” this month, beginning Sunday, March 20, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and continuing with six sessions through March 24.

Great Ladies THRIVE! 2022 Power Conversation Series continues on Tuesday March 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with “I QUIT! Seek more joy and meaning in our work”, hosted virtually on Zoom and moderated by Dame Kathy Palokoff.

The Original Colors Collective will host a Women’s History Month celebration with “It’s HIS legacy,” featuring local women artists, including Erica Jones, JoNia Miller and Irina Turner. The Creative Panel will showcase the art of all three artists with live painting, talks and artist exhibits on Tuesday, March 22 at Hundred Brandywine Library.

Jobs for Delaware Graduates and Delaware and Delaware County Goodwill come together to organize a job fair for high school students Wednesday, March 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Goodwill Center in Wilmington.

Emerging Enterprise Center virtual On the Cutting Edge: Symposium on Innovations in Chemistry and Biotechnology happens on March 24.

Buccini/Pollin Group invites high school students to apply for its summer 2022 BPG University internship program. Launched last year, BPG U is the Buccini/Pollin Group’s first internship program designed explicitly for teenagers to learn all aspects of real estate development before they graduate from high school. The 2022 summer session will start on June 13 and will continue until July 1. Students must be a rising junior or senior at a Delaware high school to apply. Applications are due April 15.

Did you hear? Festivals are back in force this year, including the ladybug party (May 20), the Flower market (5 to 7 May) and Italian Festival of St. Anthony (June 6 to 19). the Delaware State Fair also announced its concert lineup for the week of the festival (July 21-30), which includes Nelly, Halestorm, Frank Reyes and Hank Williams, Jr.

Philly Tech Week presented by Comcast 2022 — which, as always, isn’t just for Philadelphians — returns in May. Developer Conferenceour annual “tasting menu” of trending tech topics and real-world deployments, will take a hybrid spin on May 10. Then join entrepreneurs, HR professionals, and other culture and tech ecosystem leaders to build better businesses at Presented by May 12.

Delaware’s recent power moves

michelle harris is the new district manager of the US Small Business Administration Delaware Office. Prior to joining the SBA, Harris was responsible for the regional support division for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Small Business and Disadvantaged Business Utilizationserved as Senior SBA Business Opportunity Specialist in SBA 8(a) Business Development Eligibility Maintenance Office and served as general manager of Delaware State Supplier Diversity Office.

Therapeutic Prelude announced that Jane Huang, MD was appointed to the newly created position of President and Chief Medical Officer, effective April 4. Dr. Huang is currently Chief Medical Officer of Hematology at BeiGene, Ltd.a science-driven global biotechnology company developing oral small molecules and monoclonal antibodies against cancer.

Short Order Production House won gold at 2021–22 Philadelphia Metro American Advertising Awards (aka the ADDYs) for 10 videos in the Delaware Council on Developmental Disabilities Disability Pride Series in the “Branded Content and Entertainment Campaign” category. The series was produced by Hannah Gellerdirected by Jason Prezant and edited by Sam Molloy.

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