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3rd Annual Entrepreneurial Summit

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Delaware Entrepreneurial Summit, which will be hosted at neoFest - a community effort to celebrate what's new in innovation.

Welcome all Entrepreneurs!

The entrepreneurial spirit runs deep within the community. 


Delaware has always fostered innovation, cooperation and education. This year’s Entrepreneurial Summit has combined forces with NeoFest and the entrepreneurial community to offer you a way for you to learn, network and collaborate with local entrepreneurs, business leaders, legislators, educators and policy makers all in one place.


The 3rd Annual Entrepreneurial Summit continues to be the regional Summit whereby you can meet and learn from others in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. 


Whether you’re looking to articulate your value proposition, understand cash flow, or get funding, the Summit has you covered with educational workshops. 


You can network with hundreds of entrepreneurs, small business owners, resources and professionals in the tri-state area about developing your business. What better place to find a business mentor to help grow your business than at the Entrepreneurial Summit.

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Plenary Panel

 Our featured plenary panel will offer you the opportunity to hear from Dr. Dan Young and a slate of CEO’s representing successful entrepreneurial organizations. They will be speaking to the issues that were most surprising and educational as they built their companies. 

Dan Young (Moderator)

Dan Young (Moderator)

Dan Young (Moderator)

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Founding Director and Assistant Professor, Doctor of Business Administration Program, Goldey-Beacom College

Renata Kowalcyzk

Dan Young (Moderator)

Dan Young (Moderator)

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CEO, Wilmington Alliance

Garry Johnson III

Dan Young (Moderator)

Garry Johnson III

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Founder & Director, First Founders Accelerator

Gail Gilbert Ball

Gail Gilbert Ball

Garry Johnson III

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Advisory Board Member, Fulton Financial Corporation

Bryan Tracy

Gail Gilbert Ball

Bryan Tracy

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Co-Founder & CEO, White Dog Labs

Desa Burton

Gail Gilbert Ball

Bryan Tracy

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Executive Director, Zip Code Wilmington

Session 1 - Taking Your Value Proposition to Market

 While you might feel that your idea is the greatest idea since sliced bread, how do you convey that to the market? Learn how to build the business imperative that makes your product stand out to the market.

Session 2 - Global Sustainability & Inclusivity: Developing a Winning Business Strategy

Today’s economy has evolved. The most successful business leaders are focused on far-reaching and inclusive sustainability strategies that consider customers, employees, investors, suppliers, the local community, and the environment. We will speak with business leaders to understand: 1) the business case for inclusive and sustainable business practices, and 2) strategies to capture a competitive advantage while increasing your financial and social returns.

Denita Henderson (Moderator)

Denita Henderson (Moderator)

Denita Henderson (Moderator)

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 Associate State Director, Delaware Small Business Development Center

David Stangis

Denita Henderson (Moderator)

Denita Henderson (Moderator)

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Founder & CEO 21C IMPACT; Former Campbell's Soup Chief Sustainability Officer; author of 21st Century Corporate Citizenship: A Practical Guide to Delivering Value to Society and Your Business

Alan Horowitz

Denita Henderson (Moderator)

Melanie George-Smith

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 Principal and Managing Director of Trusted Companies; formerly led the EHS, Compliance, Risk & Security function for Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure & Operations (MCIO)

Melanie George-Smith

Melanie George-Smith

Melanie George-Smith

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 Founder & CEO, Sustainable World Strategies; State Director of the Delaware Sustainable Business Council

Melanie George-Smith

 

Session 3 - Scaling Up Your Business

  Scaling a business comes with a unique set of challenges and complications from balancing increased workloads to expanding production needs. In this session you will hear from local experts on the proper tools, strategies, and resources entrepreneurs can use to optimize their business for sustainable, scalable growth while remaining competitive in the marketplace. 

Session 4 - Tech Talks

 New ideas change the world but where do ideas and inspirations come from? Who in the future will develop the ideas of today? Where will you find skilled and talented individuals to help you turn an idea into a venture? Join our panelists and entrepreneurs as they discuss their own stories, creative process and share the resources they found helpful on their journey to success.  

Session 5 - Funding Issues in the STEM Environment

 There are issues that STEM companies face that are significantly different than main street business.  Through grants, angel investors, crowdfunding, government grants, the funding vehicles and road to financial stability for your firm is riddled with opportunities and challenges. 

Session 6 - Find Your Funding

It costs money to start and grow a business, and funding a business is one of the first — and most important — financial choices most business owners need to make. Yet, many founders and owners are not quite sure how best to pursue it. In this workshop, the panelists will discuss the key elements of an effective financial strategy: 1)  finding the right solution at the right time for your particular business; 2) Deciding on the best time to seek funding for your organization; 3) knowing the differences between several different funding models; 4) Uncovering the top financing options available for small businesses from loans to creative solutions like crowd-lending.

Ellyn Herbert (Moderator)

Ellyn Herbert (Moderator)

Ellyn Herbert (Moderator)

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 Economic Development Specialist, Small Business Administration

Van Hampton

Ellyn Herbert (Moderator)

Ellyn Herbert (Moderator)

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 President, True Access Capital 

John Fleming

Ellyn Herbert (Moderator)

Topiltzin Gomez

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 Director, Small Business Administration

Topiltzin Gomez

Topiltzin Gomez

Topiltzin Gomez

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 Philadelphia City Manager, Honeycomb Credit

Topiltzin Gomez

 

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Powering the 3rd Annual Entrepreneurial Summit @ neoFest:

New Castle County Chamber of Commerce

New Castle County Chamber of Commerce

New Castle County Chamber of Commerce

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Founding organization for the Entrepreneurial Summit.

Spur Impact

New Castle County Chamber of Commerce

New Castle County Chamber of Commerce

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Delaware SBDC

New Castle County Chamber of Commerce

Delaware SBDC

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