The Emerging Enterprise Center and the DE Small Business Development Center announced that Chuck Nunan, serial entrepreneur and CEO and founder of Harvest Ridge Winery, will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural Delaware Entrepreneurial Summit to be held July 12 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 4727 Concord Pike, Wilmington.

“As someone who knows what it is to be an entrepreneur and start a business from scratch, Chuck is an ideal keynote for this event,” said Dora Cheatham, director of the Emerging Enterprise Center.

Harvest Ridge Winery started with its first grape varieties planted in 2011. These included chardonnay, viognier, malbec and merlot. Today there are 20 acres under cultivation.

The Delaware Entrepreneurial Summit is a full-day, high-impact event aimed at bringing together entrepreneurs, resource providers and mentors with a goal to supporting entrepreneurs and accelerating business growth. The day will include workshops geared toward general entrepreneurs and tech/science-based entrepreneurs, a tabletop expo of resource providers to the entrepreneurial community, numerous networking opportunities and an awards luncheon.

Among the awards will be the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce David J. Freschman Entrepreneur of the Year of Award and Entrepreneurial Advocate of the Year Award and the NCC Innovates Entrepreneurial Sponsorship Award which is offered through the newly launched NCC Innovates program developed by the New Castle County Department of Economic Development.

The event will also showcase a number of Delaware entrepreneurs that are in various stages of business growth.