Division of Small Business

Innovation Space’s new entrepreneurs council is full of nationwide leaders

The Delaware Innovation Space, located in former DuPont Experimental Station, has created an Entrepreneurial Advisory Council.

The council will help DIS enhance its offerings through keeping abreast of industry trends and the specific needs of the scientific small business community.

“I am excited to partner with the EAC and their diverse wisdom and perspectives to enable the Delaware Innovation Space to provide the best home for science entrepreneurs and their startups,” Bill Provine, CEO of the Delaware Innovation Space, said in a release. “Our goal at the Innovation Space is to rapidly accelerate science-based startups to market years earlier than otherwise would be achieved.”

Council members include:

  • Saeed Amidi 
    Founder and CEO, Plug and Play Tech Center and Ventures 
    Partner, Amidzad Ventures 
  • Michael Burychka 
    Founder and CEO, IP Group, Inc. 
  • John Carlisle 
    Director, Chain Reaction Innovations at Argonne National Lab 
  • Vanessa Z. Chan 
    Professor of Material Science & Engineering and Innovation & Entrepreneurship at UPENN 
    Partner, Robin Hood Ventures 
  • Frederick (Rick) Jones 
    Partner at BioAdvance 
  • Cheryl Martin 
    Founder, Harwich Partners 
    Former Director, ARPA-E 
  • Purnesh Seegopaul 
    General Partner, Pangaea Ventures 
  • Ben Solomon 
    Founder and Managing Partner, FedTech 
  • Robert Urban 
    Former/Retired Global Head, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, LLC 
  • Andrea Wesser-Brawner 
    Senior VP of Strategy and Partnerships, InBIA, International Business Innovation Association

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