Application for Competition.

Service Provider Partner

  Important Dates:

  April 30, 2019—Competition opens
  September 12, 2019—Deadline for submissions (5:00 pm)
  September 16 - October 4, 2019—Eligible submissions        invited to present before panel
  October 4, 2019—Three finalists announced
  November 1, 2019—Finalists pitch before panel

  and audience; Winner announced

In Partnership with:

Presenting Exhibitor


We are thrilled to once again be partnering with the New Castle County Department of Economic Development’s NCC Innovates Program to present this year’s “Swim With the Sharks” pitch competition. 

The increasing interest and participation in this annual competition is a testament to our growing entrepreneurial community, and the success of familiar past winners such as Mac Nagaswami of Carvertise, Amira Idris with Thera V, and Sumedh Surwede of SAS Nanotechnologies.

Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. It requires grit, dedication, sacrifice and tenacity. But those who succeed contribute vitally to our economy and it behooves us all to do what we can to help those with the ideas and determination to succeed to reach their goals and create wealth and employment within our communities. 

The purpose of this event is not simply to present a check to a deserving start-up, but to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit that fosters economic growth, community engagement, and employment.

SWTS is a pitch competition, presented, as part of the Emerging Enterprise Center Annual Lunch on November 1, 2019. SAVE THE DATE!

​ Prize Package:

 Grand Prize

  • $10,000 Cash Prize
  • Incorporation Formation Package with Harvard Business Services ($450+ value)
  • Six (6) month membership in EEC Virtual Incubator Program ($1,800 value)
  • One (1) year New Castle County Chamber of Commerce Membership ($350 value)
  • New Castle County Chamber of Commerce Premium Marketing Package ($1,400 value)
  • World Trade Center of Delaware Membership ($475 value)
  • More prizes to come...


  • One (1) year New Castle County Chamber of Commerce Membership ($350 value)

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Send your completed application form plus a business outline and a cover page all in one email to with the subject SWTS.

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