Mike Bowman
General Partner
mike@leadingedgevc.com

Mike is Associate Director of the University of Delaware’s Office of Economic Innovation & Partnerships where, since 2013, he has been responsible for facilitating commercialization of intellectual property developed at the University of Delaware. He is also Director of the Delaware Small Business Technology Development Center. Previously, Mike was Chairman and CEO of the Delaware Technology Park, Inc. (DTP), a collaboration between the State of Delaware, the University of Delaware and private industry formed to launch and support technology companies across a diverse group of industries including life sciences, renewable energy, information technology and advanced materials. DTP, as Research Park of the Year in 2005 by the Association of University Research Parks, is home to 54 early and expansion stage technology companies while 30 more have graduated to larger facilities to accommodate their growth. Mike was instrumental in incubating the Fraunhofer USA Center for Molecular Biotechnology and capitalizing it with public and private funding sources including DARPA and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to leading Delaware Technology Park, Mike was a Vice President and General Manager for E.I. duPont de Nemours and Advanced Material Systems business unit, which developed more than 40 new technologies for commercialization and grew to $1B in annual revenue. During the late 1990s, the advanced composites segment of the business was acquired by a private equity firm to form Fiberite, Inc. which was acquired by Cytec Industries (NYSE). Mike serves on the boards of First State Innovation, Fraunhofer USA, Delaware BioScience Association, is the Chairman of the University of Delaware’s College of Engineering Advisory Council, and Veroha.

 

He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award. While at DuPont he participated in several executive management programs at Wharton and Columbia University.

TEAM

PROFILE

Seed & early stage venture capital investment

 

Mid-Atlantic focus

 

Information Technology & Medical Device

 

$50K-$250K initially, up to $750K over time

OFFICES

Delaware Technology Park, One Innovation Way, Suite 301, Newark, DE  19711

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