New Castle County, 1313 Innovation to offer business accelerator program

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New Castle County haspartnered with 1313 Innovation, the Emerging Enterprise Center and area business mentors to offer a 12-week business accelerator program to entrepreneurs who have launched start-up businesses or have the next great business idea.

First Founder’s Acceleratorwillfeature instruction, one-on-one mentorship and hands-on helpbuilding the foundation for successful companies.

“We win the future when our local job creators have the support and tools they need to turn their great ideas into reality, and that’s whatNCCinnovatesis all about,”County Executive Matt Meyer said. “We are proud to partner with Garry Johnson, a leading local entrepreneur, and members of our local business community to offerFirst Founder’s Acceleratorto help ten promising start-ups develop their business plan, refine their pitch and strategize opportunities to leverage funding sources.”

Entrepreneurs can apply through January 24 atfirst-founders.comfor a chance to participate inFirst Founder’s Accelerator. Participants who are selected will weekly classes beginning in mid-February at1313 Innovation, a co-working space for entrepreneurs and start-ups in downtown Wilmington. Participants will also have access to co-working space at the New Castle County Chamber of CommerceEmerging Enterprise Center, a business incubator.

“As a business student at the University of Delaware, I traveled the country learning from top investors and successful start-up founders who created thriving companies we all recognize today, and I’m bringing some of what I learned from them back home to New Castle County to empower aspiring entrepreneurs,”said Garry Johnson, who developed the First Founder’s Accelerator and will lead the weekly accelerator sessions. “The First Founder’s Accelerator is an opportunity for you to connect to the resources, mentors and community that you need to be successful in the innovation economy.”

Last August, New Castle County launchedNCCinnovates,an effort to drive the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem andsupport homegrown innovation to create sustainable local jobs. It features NCCinnovates.com, an Delaware interactive business web portal that provides customer, market and industry information, workforce data and help identifying available commercial properties.

It also offers modest grant awards to promising startup companies through partnerships with local pitch competitions. Hundreds of entrepreneurs have explored the information and resources atNCCinnovates.comand dozens of promising start-ups have competed for the program’s first three grant awards.

Visit www.nccde.org/economicdevelopment throughout the year to get information about 2019 grant opportunities for start-up businesses in partnership with area pitch competitions.

NCCinnovatesis administered by theNew Castle County Office of Economic Development, which is focused on supporting the county’s innovation ecosystem by prioritizing new job creation through entrepreneurship, startup companies, existing small businesses and providing a predictable land use planning process.

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