Due to the continue of the COVID-19 outbreak, the inaugural neoFest event has been again
postponed to Spring 2022. If you would like to get involved with the planning process or receive updates as we make progress, please sign up.
Please visit the Startup 302 page for information on ongoing funding competition.
neoFest is an annual celebration of what's new, especially startups and novel technologies. The inaugural neoFest event (postponed) will bring together people and organizations who seek to create the conditions for a thriving culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.
More than 200 years ago, the du Pont family chose Delaware as a great place to invent, create and transform, helping to establish a unique culture of innovation. Today, Delaware and the surrounding (mid-Atlantic) region are home to many innovative breakthroughs in bioscience, chemistry, advanced materials, agriculture, and financial & business services. This makes Delaware an ideal location for an innovation festival. neoFest will shine a bright spotlight on new technologies, products and startups derived from scientific breakthroughs. It will also celebrate and support innovators and entrepreneurs.
The 3rd Annual Entrepreneurial Summit at neoFest is a conference focused on best practices for startups, social entrepreneurs, corporate innovations and intrapreneurship.
A showcase of new technologies, products and services developed by startups, established businesses, large companies and social ventures. Apply to showcase your organization, its innovators and innovations.
An early stage funding competition and acceleration program to help drive the commercialization of new technologies. Apply to compete for a share of prizes valued at more than $300K.
Juried matchmaking sessions connecting early stage, investment ready startups with angel, venture capital and corporate venture investors. Apply to Startup 302 for consideration.
"Ask an Innovator" sessions, the final round of the University of Delaware's Hen Hatch Competition and more are included in the neoFest program.
A keynote speaker, brief awards presentations and a fun and music-filled after party close out the celebration and continue networking into the evening.
WHEN: POSTPONED TO 2022
WHERE: Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington, Delaware
One unique strength of Delaware is its small size and collaborative spirit. This strength is reflected by the group of partner organizations - including the University of Delaware, Delaware Prosperity Partnership and state of Delaware - that are investing key personnel and other resources to establish neoFest as a catalyzing component of the innovation & entrepreneurship ecosystem. Learn more about how these partners coalesce to form an ecosystem unique to Delaware.
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