Entrepreneur in Residence

Position is up to 30 hours per week and the hourly rate will commensurate with relevant experience, targeted in

the range of $40-$60/hr. The Delaware Innovation Space expects to engage and hire a group of EIRs (2-4 in

total) over time.


Delaware Innovation Space is a multi-dimensional, non-profit incubator & accelerator for science start-ups. It is

the result of a public-private partnership between the State of Delaware, DuPont and the University of Delaware.

Delaware Innovation Space is an ecosystem located at the Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware where

scientists, business leaders, community members, investors, and service providers in the industrial biotech,

advanced materials, chemical ingredients, renewable energy, nutrition and healthcare fields can build business

concepts together and accelerate the path to commercialization.


Under the direction of the President and CEO of the Delaware Innovation Space, the EIR(s) will create,

continuously improve, and conduct programs such as a hard science accelerator program for the Delaware

Innovation as well as provide expert advice, mentoring, and business building support for the residential clients

of the Delaware Innovation Space and program participants in the accelerator and/or our other programs. The

EIR(s) will be seconded from the University to the Delaware Innovation Space which is its own 501c3 non-profit



Create and support a Hard Science Accelerator program.

  • Work collectively with other members of the Delaware Innovation Space staff and partner with the

broader entrepreneurial ecosystem to create and run a cohort based Hard Science accelerator program

supporting early stage science startup companies (e.g., develop and deliver training/learning modules).

Provide expert advice and mentoring to early stage science based startups

  • Stay in strong sync with the needs of current and future clients of Delaware Innovation Space to deliver

first in class science mentoring and business building support services.

  • Actively and routinely collaborate with current clients of Delaware Innovation Space and assist them in
removing obstacles and providing creative counsel to accelerate their business results.

Business development and awareness building

  • Provide leadership for the cultivation of new clients for the Delaware Innovation Space as both residential

clients in addition to companies to join the cohort based accelerator program

  • Be an effective advocate for the Delaware Innovation Space in external and virtual forums educating

people on the value proposition and opportunities as part of our innovation ecosystem


  • Requires a science and/or business related Bachelor’s degree (prefer MBA and/or PhD) and more than 10

years experience starting and building science based businesses in a C-level role.

  • Vast and deep rolodex of contacts relevant to science startups (e.g., investors, partners, and customers)

and willingness to share and connect relevant parties

  • Real-life experience with formation and growth of a science startup company, setting up its governance,

raising funds, and strategically managing its valuation and cap table over its growth cycle. Preferred

experience with hard science companies in the sectors of advanced materials, healthcare, nutrition,

industrial biotechnology, renewable energy, and chemical ingredients.

  • Be a good mentor and teacher. Have the ability to translate material into written form and organize

thoughts into learning modules

  • Excellent organizational skills with particular attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently or within a team, anticipate issues and needs, and proactively seek

resolutions while being resourceful.

  • Must have excellent oral, written, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to providing exceptional customer service.
  • Ability to make decisions and exercise discretion, confidentiality and judgment in keeping with the level of

the position.

  • May require some evening and/or weekend hours.

To apply, please send your resume, references and a cover letter describing your

experience and how it relates to the job specification above, to Bill Provine at


This is a part-time position with no University of Delaware benefits.

Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction

will not necessarily exclude you from employment.

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group

Members and Women. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at