What is neoFest?

neoFest is an annual celebration of what's new, especially startups and novel technologies. The inaugural neoFest event (2020) 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 2020 will shine a bright spotlight on new technologies, products and startups derived from scientific breakthroughs. It will also celebrate and support innovators and entrepreneurs. 


Please join us on May 7 for neoFest 2020 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington, Delaware.

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A Day Dedicated to Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurial Summit

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The 3rd Annual Entrepreneurial Summit at neoFest is a conference focused on best practices for startups, social entrepreneurs, corporate innovations and intrapreneurship.

Innovation Showcase

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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. 

Startup 302

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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.

Investor Connect

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Juried matchmaking sessions connecting early stage, investment ready startups with angel, venture capital and corporate venture investors. Apply to Startup 302 for consideration.

Other Activities & Events

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"Ask an Innovator" sessions, the final round of the University of Delaware's Hen Hatch Competition and more are included in the neoFest program.

Awards Celebration & After Party

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 A keynote speaker, brief awards presentations and a fun and music-filled after party close out the celebration and continue networking into the evening. 

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REGISTER NOW AND SAVE THE DATE

WHEN:  May 7, 2020

WHERE:  Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington, Delaware

SAVE: Register by March 27 for early bird savings.

Preliminary Schedule

2020 neoFest preliminary schedule (pdf)

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Power of Small

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.