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Delaware daily roundup: $80M plans for the EDA Tech Hub; Eastland Golf’s $3.4M seed; don’t drink the Kool-Aid

Plus, new tech to detect distracted drivers.

The April 8, 2024 solar eclipse from Wilmington. (Technical.ly/Holly Quinn)

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How Greater Philly EDA Tech Hub will use $80 million

The Greater Philadelphia Region Precision Medicine Tech Hub — comprising Philly/Southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey — was selected as a Tech Hub by the US Economic Development Administration last fall, making it eligible to apply for grants from an available $541 million.

The Tech Hub’s proposal requested a total budget of $80 million over five years, and has so far received $9 million in matching funds, including $1 million designated for Delaware. What does the consortium propose to do with the funds? Check out Sarah’s reporting for details.

➡️ Check out Sarah’s reporting for details.

Out of DC: Smart Signs are now in use

If you’re driving in DC and see a mobile street sign telling you to put down your phone, it might be a smart sign that can detect whether you’re using your phone, are wearing your seatbelt or are driving over the speed limit. If a sign catches you, you won’t get a ticket (at least at this point), but the DC DoT hopes that the messages will get distracted, unsafe drivers to modify their behavior.

We haven’t seen these signs in Delaware, but if they’re effective, it may be a matter of time.

➡️ Read Keala’s report to learn more

News Incubator: What else to know today

• In 1973, a group of scientists broke the speed of sound to witness a total solar eclipse for 74 minutes, a record that remains unbroken more than 50 years later  [Fast Company]

•  Eastland Golf, the Wilmington apparel company founded by golfer Earl Cooper, has landed $3.4 million in seed funding [Delaware Business Times]

• Eight 80-foot diameter stone- and sand-filled “dolphin” cylinders are a $95 million “insurance policy” against ship collision with the Delaware Memorial Bridge [Town Square Delaware]

• Don’t drink the Kool-Aid: How a $6 million mistake at a Dover factory led to a recall of powdered drink mixes [DelawareOnline]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• Tuesday, April 16 — Free Networking Mixer at the Stitch House Brewery [Details here]

• April 26-28 — 5th Annual NULYP Eastern Regional Conference #Beastcon [Details here]

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