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Delaware daily roundup: Apply now for E3; Philly ranks as top startup destination; Aqua ChemPacs acquisition

Plus, another change to Delaware's Paid Family and Medical Leave Program may determine how eligibility is decided.

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Applications open for E3

The Equitable Entrepreneurial Ecosystem for Business Growth, commonly known as E3, opened its applications for the 2024 cycle yesterday. There’s a two-week window to apply for the program aimed at expanding operations and increasing revenue for Delaware businesses of all kinds.

This cohort has room for 20 businesses: five in Sussex County, five in Kent County and 10 in New Castle County.

➡️ Read my report here.

Philly ranked as top place for startups

Startup Genome’s annual Global Startup Ecosystem Report doesn’t include little old Delaware in its rankings of the best startups globally. But northern New Castle County is part of Greater Philadelphia, so it’s good to know that Philly has broken into the top 25 “best places to found a startup” after moving up two places from 25.

➡️ Read Sarah’s report here.

News Incubator: What else to know today

• Story Hill Farm in Frankfort has acquired Henlopen Sea Salt. [Delaware Business Times]

• Wilmington-based chemical manufacturer Solenis has acquired Aqua ChemPacs. [Delaware Business Now]

• Another change to Delaware’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Program that may determine how eligibility is decided. [Delaware LIVE]

• The Grand in Wilmington won a NEA grant to support sensory-friendly performances. [Delaware Public Media]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• July 18 — Young Professionals Night at Constitution Yards [Details here]

• June 25-26 —  Delaware Tech Ecosystem Conference [Details here]

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