Reinventing Delaware

About Reinventing Delaware

The Pete du Pont Freedom Foundation serves as an entrepreneurial incubator by providing a platform for individuals to present ideas that will create jobs and improve Delaware. Through its Reinventing Delaware program, founded in 2014, the public, the Foundation’s members and supporters, and the business community submit ideas to the Foundation for consideration.

This year's event will be held on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at CSC Station. More information to come. Submissions are now being accepted through September 30, 2021.
Markets work; price controls, quotas, higher taxes, and decisions made for the many by an elite few do not.
- Governor Pete du Pont

The Reinventing Delaware program
is based on a robust, multi-stage, and
detailed evaluation process:

  • After a thorough review of all public submissions by a formal committee, a number of ideas and their champions receive an invitation to attend that year’s Reinventing Delaware event. Each idea and its champion are showcased in front of key members of the Delaware business and leadership communities.
  • Event attendees examine the ideas and then vote to select their choices as top ideas. After the event, a committee reviews all 100 ideas presented at the event until the top ideas are selected to move to the next stages.
  • These next stages include a “scoping workshop” that further evaluates the ideas for their innovation, sustainability, and potential benefit, a process that results in a smaller, select number of ideas qualifying for a thorough, six-month development process.
  • Ideas that make it to the development process stage receive coaching, mentorship and assistance with formulating a plan for actualization of the ideas, as well as other valuable resources; the development process lasts six months because of its rigor and comprehensiveness, as ideas are studied and further challenged. Ideas and their champions are also featured in the media, including The Delaware Business Times, and following the development process, the finalists are chosen by Foundation’s Board.
  • The final round includes the production of videos – to ultimately be shown in front of Delaware’s leaders at that year’s Pete du Pont Freedom Award dinner – for each idea that makes it this far, and after a final presentation of each idea to the Foundation’s Board, the selection of the top idea(s).
  • The top idea(s) are celebrated at the Pete du Pont Freedom Foundation Award event.
  • And, because Delawarians never run out of great ideas, the following year’s process kicks off almost immediately.

Submit an Idea for Reinventing

Online submissions are now being accepted through September 30.

CLICK HERE to submit your idea.


Interested in becoming a sponsor?

If interested in Sponsoring Reinventing Delaware, contact Stephanie Johnnie at