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First Fund @ Delaware Innovation Space

Nov 1 - Nov 30 | Wilmington, DE, USA
Business building expertise, educational programs, scientific equipment, and extensive, multi-use wet laboratories to incubate and accelerate early stage, scientific focused startups

About this Program

First Fund is an exclusive program at the Delaware Innovation Space (DISI), that provides select early stage startup companies with up to $75,000* to access to DISI's business building expertise, core programs, scientific equipment, and extensive, multi-use wet laboratories. First Fund's goal is to provide science entrepreneurs a mechanism to start critical lab and business development work today, in order to accelerate reaching early critical business milestones.

The First Fund was designed to help early stage science startups, with a compelling business model focused upon a validated problem or opportunity , in one of the following areas:

  • Healthcare
  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Advanced Materials
  • Nutrition
  • Renewable Energy
  • Chemical Ingredients
  • DISI will review applicants on a first come, first served basis to determine which startups will present to the Delaware Innovation Space selection board. The entire process will only take a few weeks from start to decision.

    To apply, complete this on-line application, which should take around 60 min.

    For more information about the convertible note and its terms and conditions, or in general about the Delaware Innovation Space, please contact Mike Rinkunas, Director Acceleration & Client Development via email at

    *Funding can only be used to access the physical & programmatic resources and multi-use wet lab spaces & workstations of the Delaware Innovation Space. This is not a cash investment nor can it be redeemed for listed value.

    Delaware Innovation Space ( is a multi-dimensional, non-profit incubator & accelerator for start-ups that leverages the expertise, resources, and infrastructure of the world renown Experimental Station campus in Wilmington, Delaware. It is a public-private partnership between the State of Delaware, DuPont and the University of Delaware. Delaware Innovation Space is an ecosystem where scientists, business leaders, community members, investors, and service providers in the industrial biotech, advanced materials, chemical ingredients, renewable energy, nutrition and healthcare fields can build business concepts together and accelerate the path to commercialization.

    Funding Information

    • Funds up to $75k per team


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