Mona Parikh

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Mona A. Parikh, Esq. currently serves as Chief of Staff for City Council in Wilmington, Delaware. She is also a Lead Mentor and Adjunct Instructor for NSF’s I-Corps Northeast Region at Princeton University and an Adjunct Professor for Horn Entrepreneurship at the University of Delaware. Mona has spent most of the past decade as a co-founder and in several notable business development roles. She is best known for galvanizing Delaware’s startup ecosystem as Managing Director of Start It Up Delaware which, among other things, facilitated the opening of Delaware’s first major coworking space and hub for entrepreneurs. In 2020 and 2016, she was selected to represent Delaware as a delegate at the Democratic National Convention. Also in 2020, Mona was appointed to Governor John Carney’s TIIF Council. In 2017, she was invited to be a member of the entrepreneurship sub-committee for New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer’s transition team. That same year, Mona was appointed to an economic development task force by Governor Carney pursuant to his very first executive order. Mona began her professional career as a corporate restructuring attorney, earned her law degree from Delaware Law School, and most proudly earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware.