Tech Forum November 2015 Update
A Note from the Board

Tech Forum presented an assessment of “The State of the Delaware Technology Community” to a receptive audience of technology, business and government leaders during Delaware Innovation Week. The ambitious review examined four critical pillars - Talent, Collaboration & Support, Funding, and Brand - and provided a benchmark on these key issues that lead to an environment for growth and innovation. You can download the slides here for more details.

Tech Forum has been dedicated to supporting a vibrant and thriving Tech Community in the region since 2000. We hope you will join us on December 16th at the University & Whist Club to celebrate our 15th Anniversary!

Best regards,

Rick Sommer
President, Technology Forum of Delaware


Tech Forum in the News


Tech Forum Offers Good/Bad News Assessment

State Tech Scene Has Blend of Pluses, Minuses

There is a strong demand in the Delaware technical community for professionals with specialized skills and a track record for success, but not enough applicants to fill the roles.

In addition, the First State’s tech landscape boasts a collaborative support network and financing opportunities for entrepreneurs, but incubator spaces aren’t filled to capacity and investors say they still lack enough “fundable” ideas in Delaware.

Read more at Delaware Business Times

Delaware is seeing strong demand  for skilled technology professionals, many of whom  do not see the state as a tech center.

At the same time, the state has made strides in providing support for start-ups, but suffers from a blurry image in the technology space.

Those  messages came  out of a survey conducted by the Delaware Technology Forum. Results were released at an event on Wednesday sponsored by the Delaware Technology forum.

Read more at Delaware Business Daily

Board of Directors Spotlight

Rick Carroll

Sponsorship Co-Chair, Technology Forum of Delaware
Attorney at Saul Ewing LLP

Rick Carroll is a business lawyer who concentrates his practice on corporate advisory and governance matters. Rick’s practice covers a broad range of corporate, business and commercial transactions. He regularly advises boards of directors and special committees on matters of corporate governance and fiduciary duties.

Rick has significant experience in corporate transactions involving mergers and acquisitions, preferred stock financings, bankruptcies and corporate restructurings. Rick provides advice and counsel to growth companies and investors as part of his venture capital and private equity practice. He frequently gives legal opinions on matters related to Delaware corporate law.

Prior to joining Saul Ewing, Rick was in private practice as a corporate attorney in Wilmington, Delaware.

Sponsor Spotlight

The Gene Editing Institute at Christiana Care elucidates the mechanism and regulation of genome editing at the molecular level and helps translate results into clinically relevant applications such as effective therapeutics for the treatment of inherited diseases, as well as creation of cell lines that can be used for the screening of novel anticancer drugs.

Learn more in the recent USA Today article, 'Gene Editing Institute pioneering DNA surgery.'

Upcoming Events

Hard Hat Breakfast

3E Marketing Solutions is hosting a Hard Hat Breakfast to show off their brand new work space and to cast a vision for their new program, the Perk Academy. Join them for a tour of the space, coffee and breakfast, and an overview of the program details. Register here!

When:  December 1, 2015
  8:00 - 9:00 AM
1201 N Orange St, Wilmington, Delaware 19801

Rise Conference 2015

Rise is a two-day conference focused on civic innovation and the future of cities. Civil servants, economic development officials and community leaders interested in how public-private partnerships are being shaped through the web, IT processes and the creative economy should attend. Walk out of this conference with the tools to become a leader in your community. Learn more and register!

When:  December 2-4, 2015
National Museum of American Jewish History 101 S Independence Mall E , Philadelphia, PA 19106

15th Anniversary & Holiday Extravaganza

The most anticipated Tech Forum social event each year is our annual Holiday Extravaganza! This December's networking mixer will be extra special as we celebrate 15 years as the region's premier organization for technology, business and entrepreneurial leaders. Register today!

When:  December 16, 2015
  5:30 - 7:30 PM
University & Whist Club, 805 N. Broom Street, Wilmington, DE 19806

Investing in Emerging Technologies

Experience shows us that great ideas - and even great companies, don't always make for great investments. In this fascinating presentation, futurist and investment analyst Jim Lee will share some of his most interesting ideas and insights on Investing in Emerging Technologies. Register here!

When:  January 20, 2016
  5:30 - 7:30 PM
White Clay Creek Country Club, 777 Delaware Park Blvd, Wilmington, DE 19804

About Technology Forum of Delaware:
The Technology Forum of Delaware serves the technology markets throughout the Delaware Valley. Tech Forum is dedicated to helping the region’s technology business leaders acquire the knowledge, relationships and resources needed to compete and succeed in a global economy.
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