DESCA Initiatives

Innovation 2 Invoice

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DESCA's I2I ecosystem supports early-stage technology development and helps to accelerate its translation into commercial markets. I2I components include TechConnect Workshops, Lunch & Learns, Domain Expert Connectivity & Mentoring, Investor Showcase and support within a wet lab incubator space.


Join our mailing list today to keep informed on innovation activities in DESCA's I2I Ecosystem .

Inspiring Women in STEM

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The Annual Inspiring Women in STEM Conference, presented in partnership with the Delaware BioScience Association is designed to encourage, support and inspire women involved in all aspects of STEM in their professional lives. Each year, over 300 attendees from more than 70 organizations take part in featured presentations, workshops, and panel discussions on a variety of issues facing women in the STEM industries.




Driving Industry Discussions

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ChemTech Conference 2020:

DESCA's 1st annual conference that will  will bring together two distinct industries to discuss challenges and opportunities in the changing chemistry landscape  and serve to inform venture capital and drive sustainability!  


View & download main conference themes HERE and join our mailing list to get updates as they're released.

University of Delaware Seminar Series

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In partnership with the University of Delaware's Colburn Club, DESCA presents stories of applying PhD research to career in innovation.  Geared to the post graduate and PhD student population, the Ready to Launch and ChemTech series introduce speakers and industry leaders who bring industry, innovation and entrepreneurship to the academic environment.


Contact doracheatham@desustainablechem.org if you would like your company to participate in this graduate student/industry seminar series.

Investor Forums

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This invitation only venture forum is designed uniquely for pre-vetted, high value started and qualified investors, corporated strategic funds and corporate innovation groups.  

To date DESCA has two first Investor Forums with a third slated for November 2019.  The companies selected by DESCA to pitch in these forums have collectively raised >$55M in venture capital and secured development relationships or licensing deals with companies such as Shell, Koch Industries, Air Liquide, GE, BASF, Cargill, AkzoNobel and/or underwent profitable acquisitions.   View & download our 2018 Startups HERE!


 Contact doracheatham@desustainablechem.org to learn more about DESCA Investor Forums