Beyond Start-Up: Where are they Now

  • 03/20/2019
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Tonic Bar and Grille: 111 W 11th St. Wilmington, 19801


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Every business has to start somewhere. Starting is one thing, scaling that business is something else. As every small business owner and entrepreneur knows, it is a process and evolution, a continual ascent to that next level of growth, that keeps a business thriving and successful.

Come and hear that story of growth and evolution from two local technology companies. Learn how they moved beyond startup to create highly successful enterprises.

Join us for a Fireside Chat as Vincent DiFelice of the UD Horn Program, facilitates a conversation with these visionary, mission-driven entrepreneurs. You’ll be encouraged by the tenacious journey of each one as they share their stories of persistence and progress.

Fireside Chat Presenters:

 Robert Prybutok
 President & CEO
Polymer Technologies

In 1989, Mr. Robert Prybutok established Polymer Technologies Inc.—a manufacturing facility. Since that time, Polymer Technologies has grown to become a leading manufacturer and supplier of noise control and energy management composites within the United States. Products are sold to a broad range of industries including aerospace, military, medical, power generation, and transportation. Polymer Technologies employs 110 full-time employees in Newark, DE and occupies an 87,000 square foot facility.

In 2003, Prybutok decided to expand upon the offerings of Polymer Technologies by branching out to create Polymer Molded Products (PMP). Located in northern New Jersey, PMP is a manufacturing arm of Polymer Technologies which produces 3-dimensional polyurethane molded parts for energy management applications in both industrial and healthcare markets. PMP has 30 employees and occupies a 20,000 square foot facility.


 Dr. Richard D. Dombrowski
 STF Technologies

  Prior to founding STF Technologies, Dr. Dombrowski was an associate research scientist in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware. During this time he worked with multiple industrial sponsors to develop and patent advanced protective materials and products.  Projects included advanced stab-resistant materials for body armor, needle-resistant textiles for medical gloves, impact protective materials for helmets and padding, and new space suit materials with improved protection against hypervelocity impacts by micrometeoroids and orbital debris.  As an instructor and co-instructor at the University of Delaware he incorporated principles of product engineering into classroom lectures and senior design projects.  He is currently a member of ASTM, AIChE and the Society of Rheology.

Dr. Dombrowski earned his Bachelors degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware in 2003. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Queensland, Australia in 2007 with a focus on crystallization and particle technology.

Fireside Chat Moderator:

 Vince DiFelice
 Assistant Professor of
 Practice and Mgr.,
 Venture Support
 University of Delaware
  After nearly a 30 year entrepreneurial career, culminating with a successful exit from Probaris and benefiting significantly from entrepreneurship and empowering others, sought a role in academia; to guide others to do the same. Began by serving Villanova University and the University of Pennsylvania in their executive and professional education programs respectively.

Now an Assistant Professor of Practice serving the University of Delaware, Horn Entrepreneurship, teaching courses in entrepreneurship, supporting nascent student startups and enabling opportunities for student entrepreneurial learning.

Earned graduate degree from The University of Pennsylvania, which focused on social enterprise. Awarded a graduate fellowship in recognition of service to low-income neighborhoods. Earned undergraduate degree from La Salle University’s School of Business, and as an undergraduate student, raised investment capital and founded first company.


 When:  Wednesday, March 20, 2019
 Time:  Members Only Networking: 5:00 - 5:30pm
 Event: 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Tonic Bar and Grille
111 W 11th St.
Wilmington, 19801

Just a quick reminder that our Member Only VIP Networking starts at 5 pm.

We look forward to seeing you at The Mill Auditorium at Theatre N located on the first floor of the Nemours Building at  1007 N Orange St, Wilmington, DE 19801.

Event registration is $25 for TechForum DE Members and $40 for Future Members. Walk-ins are welcome, but will be charged an additional $5 fee at the door.


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$300 for Non- Members

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