Delaware Innovation Space first launched Science, Inc. in February 2021 with a cohort of 10 companies, including Elyte Energy, Lectrolyst and Carbon Reform. A newly announced second cohort will include nine up-and-coming startups in industries including green tech, medtech, robotics and space technology.
The startups will get four months of weekly programming, mentoring and coaching. Science Inc. also offers a $50,000 investment option, distributed as a convertible note, from the Innovation Space and its First Fund.
“Each [is] focused on a high-impact target market and enabled by powerful science,” said Bill Provine, CEO of the Innovation Space, in a statement. “These companies have the potential for exponential growth and significant impact on everyday life. Our role at The Innovation Space and the goal of our Science Inc. program is to unlock and unleash this potential.
Here are the nine startups, with bios provided by the Innovation Space:
- 4th Phase Water Technologies, led by Chunhong Li, Chuck Holder and Cathy Woyarowski, develops ultralightweight, durable, polymer-free, and highly conductive CNT sheets for various applications under challenging conditions.
- Ballydel Technologies, led by Brendan DeLacy, focuses on developing novel materials and technologies to provide solutions for a variety of applications in the defense, energy, pharma, and consumer goods sectors.
- Hx Innovations, Inc., led by Nicole and Von Homer, is developing a predictive movement analytics device to test neuromuscular performance within footwear.
- Integrated Infrastructure, led by Bob McGurk, is developing robotic mining, construction, and processing equipment for space and terrestrial applications.
- InveriTek, led by Eva-Maria Collins, provides rapid chemical screening in freshwater planarians.
- MindTech, led by Tulio Albuquerque, José Jeová Siebra Moreira Neto and Augusto Darwin Lima, is developing the world’s first painless anesthesia device.
- NEVAP, led by Benjamin Wang, is a medical device company that develops medical devices that improve outcomes for patients on mechanical ventilation.
- Resonant Orbital, led by Laurel Anne Ryback, Austin Sennot, Charles Sharp, Maurice Aguiler and Gerald Giarmo, is developing flexible and cost-effective vehicles that drive uniquely capable launch and interplanetary transport systems.
- Sironix Renewables, led by Christoph Krumm and Sabrina Conrad, is developing safer, eco-friendly ingredients for cleaning and personal care products.
Will Cruz, entrepreneur-in-residence at The Innovation Space, said the program is unique in that it places emphasis on the founder and not just the investment.
“This is accomplished by meeting the founder where they are at today, and allowing them the ability to leverage the expertise, experience, and wisdom of an Entrepreneur-in-Residence,” he said, referencing his role as founder mentor. “This framework delivers the value needed to accelerate the process of allowing founders to take their startups to the next level of growth.”
The fall cohort’s Demo Day is expected to be held in December.