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Technical and Business Assistance

Hire DEIC Directly for Technical and Business Assistance

If you need more in depth assistance, our staff is available to consult with you on an hourly basis. Customized consulting plans can be developed based on your needs and DEIC expertise.  Team bios and hourly rates are provided below.    

Adam Sledd, Executive Director

A serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and startup advisor, Adam previously led multi-million dollar grant projects for the US DOE and National Labs. Experience includes developing national certification and training programs in partnership with the Building Technologies Office, including the Green Lease Leaders certification. He has grown DEIC into Virginia’s only energy-focused incubator and accelerator, launching DEIC Accelerate in 2020 and supporting 40+ companies annually.  Hourly Rate:  $200

Braden Croy, Program Director

Braden has over a decade of experience supporting startup communities and building entrepreneurship programs at R1 institutions; taking the Syracuse University Blackstone LaunchPad from zero to 4,000 entrepreneurs in 3 years. He has presented training on entrepreneurship ecosystem development internationally (China, Indonesia) and published a novel entrepreneurship ecosystem canvassing method. He has coached 500+ entrepreneurs from idea stage to acquisition and currently spends a significant portion of his time helping advanced energy startups commercialize cutting edge technology. Hourly Rate: $125

Bobbie Carey, Operations Manager

Bobbie has been helping small businesses for over 20 years. She is a graduate of Lehigh University in Pennsylvania with a degree in Engineering and also holds an MBA from Pace University in NY. During her time in Dutchess County, NY, she managed a state tax incentive program and helped 350+ businesses access tax credits for job creation and investment. In VA, Bobbie counseled small businesses, helped manage a travel consulting business, and then went on to work in economic development for the Town of Ashland. As a former engineer, she loves learning about new technology and developing processes to help business owners reach their goals. Hourly Rate: $75