Small Business Development Center
J. Michael “Mike” Bowman is the State Director
of the Delaware Small Business Development
Center (SBDC) and the Associate Director of the
University of Delaware’s Office of Economic Inno-vation
and Partnerships (OEIP). He has been with
the SBDC since 2013.
Mike is also President and CEO of the Delaware
Technology Park, Inc (DTP), a collaboration between the state of Delaware, the Uni-versity
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 ear-ly
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 commercializa-tion
and grew to $1B in annual revenue. During the late 1990s, the advanced com-posites
segment of the business was acquired by a private equity firm to form Fi-berite,
Inc. which was acquired by Cytec Industries (NYSE).
Mike serves on the boards of First State Innovation, Fraunhofer USA, Delaware Bio-
Science Association, is the past 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 re-ceived
the Distinguished Alumni Award. While at DuPont he participated in several
executive management programs at Wharton and Columbia University.