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NCCinnovates highlights 2018 successes

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New Castle County’s jobs and economic development initiative NCCinnovates is helping to drive the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, with demonstrated success during 2018, County Executive Matt Meyer announced today.

Launched in August, New Castle County’s jobs and economic development initiative offers an interactive business portal with customer, market, workforce and industry information. It also helps identify commercial properties for companies interested in relocating.

“We are working hard to make New Castle County a welcoming place for entrepreneurs with the next great idea and for growing businesses looking to invest for the future,” County Executive Matt Meyer said. “Over the past few months, hundreds of entrepreneurs have explored the information and resources on our new interactive business portal, and this year we attracted dozens of promising start-ups to compete for our first three grant awards. Visit NCCinnovates.com to learn how New Castle County can help you succeed.”

In 2018, NCCinnovates awarded its first grants to three homegrown start-up companies:

  • D150 Fueling received the County’s Entrepreneurial Sponsorship Award at the 2018 Delaware Entrepreneurial Summit in July. Founded by three University of Delaware graduates, D150 Fueling provides on-site fueling and fuel marketing for commercial fleets using cloud-based technology to track and control inventory.
  • In September, New Castle County partnered with the Emerging Enterprise Center to present SAS Nanotechnologies the annual Swim with the Sharks competition award. The firm has developed a proprietary, patent pending anticorrosive coating technology that not only prevents corrosion but also heals and protects metals from corrosion in the case of surface scratch/damage.
  • Defendant Data Solutions came out on top in the Great Dames Remarkable Ideas pitch competition during Delaware Innovation Week in November. The company works to reduce disparities in federal sentencing by providing expert reports containing data and analysis to defense attorneys as an advocacy tool at sentencing.

NCCinnovates will offer several grant opportunities for start-up businesses in partnership with area pitch competitions in 2019. Application information will be posted throughout the year at www.nccde.org/economicdevelopment.

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