Last fall, at the Pete du Pont Freedom Foundation’s sixth annual Reinventing Delaware dinner, more than 100 Delaware-connected people pitched ideas that could help create jobs and make the state “a better place to live, work and raise a family.”
It was the first step in a year-long process that will culminate in the selection of two ideas to be showcased at the 2020 Pete du Pont Freedom Award event in fall 2020.
Nine ideas were selected at the Reinventing Delaware Dinner to move forward with a two-hour workshop from University of Delaware Horn Entrepreneurship and Wilmington nonprofit Social Contract, including the idea voted “Top Idea of the Night,” flyGATEWAY. Now the nine has been narrowed down to four, all of which will receive six months of focused development with Social Contract, paid for by the Freedom Foundation.
The four ideas, with descriptions provided by an announcement from the Freedom Foundation, are:
- FlyGATEWAY presented by Regis de Ramel — The goal is to create an internationally acclaimed aerospace campus (both online and local) at the New Castle Airport, where students and veterans can be trained in any facet of aviation, making Delaware a go-to hub for aerospace employers.
- Lights…Camera…Action presented by Melanie Fitzgerald — Make Delaware a strategic hub for film productions. Delaware is close to other film hubs, less expensive and is already home to many incorporated film companies. Film production provides great training for support positions and will generate tourism revenue for Delaware.
- The Real Opportunity Zone Benefit presented by Matthew Parks — Leverage donations of earned capital gains to provide equity to families seeking to improve their economic futures via small business investment or home purchases.
- NERDiT Now presented by Markevis Gideon — Utilizing retrofitted ambulances and unmanned kiosks, NERDiT Now will teach individuals from underserved communities to be tech entrepreneurs, resulting in business opportunities and jobs to Delawareans and the charitable donation of hundreds of computers per year.