Center for Economic Education & Entrepreneurship


Bank at School – at the elementary level, representatives from community banks visit their local schools weekly to accept student deposits for non-custodial, no fee savings accounts the students have set up. There are accompanying lessons that emphasize financial management and hands-on learning. At the high school level, banks operate branches within the schools. The branches are managed by bank representatives and staffed with student tellers. Learn more.

EntrePrep℠ - program provides high school juniors and seniors a real-world entrepreneurship experience with the objective of introducing both entrepreneurship and economic fundamentals.  Participants come for a 6-day residential experience in a college setting to capture the entrepreneurial mindset. Learn more.

Freshman Year Experience – presentation to University of Delaware first-year students designed to help students learn to use credit responsibly.

Keys to Financial Success – a personal finance course designed for high school juniors and seniors by the CEEE to encourage better decision making in personal finance.

Meaningful Economics and Entrepreneurship Competition (ME*) – teams of students in grades three through six participate in a competition highlighting economics, entrepreneurship, and personal finance. Activities include a written test, product creating, problem solving, and  preparation of a marketing strategy for presentation to a panel of judges. Registration for the 2014 ME* Competition is now taking place. Teachers can begin preparing their students for the event using the online practice resources.

Mini-Society – a mini economic system established by students in the third through sixth grades in which they create and manage currency and run businesses that provide goods and essential services for their society. Students experience roles as producers, consumers and voting citizens, and learn economic and entrepreneurial concepts.

Personal Finance Academy - The Personal Finance Challenge provides an exciting competition that tests high school students’ knowledge of savings, investing, credit, risk and money management. Students compete in teams of four in an online preliminary round before advancing to the state competition, held annually at the University of Delaware’s Newark campus.

Stock Market Game – a national program developed by the SIFMA Foundation and offered in Delaware exclusively by the CEEE. Teams of students invest a hypothetical $100,000 in online portfolios using a live trading simulation that develops research, mathematical, language, critical thinking and collaborative skills. Register here.

Teach Children to Save Day – banking professionals serve as visiting instructors to elementary classes throughout the state to present lessons on spending, saving, and money management as part of a nationwide financial literacy effort to educate students on the importance of saving as the basis of future financial security. Registration is now open.

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.4 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Fund, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Lerner College faculty - like Anu Sivaraman, who is among Social Media Marketing Magazine’s “Top 100 Marketing Professors on Twitter” and’s “Top 50 Marketing Professors on Twitter” - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer experience-driven learning and emphasize evidence-based analytics methods to enrich the student experience. Here, finance students visit New York City’s financial districts for a first-hand look at markets trading and to meet with UD alumni.

Charles W. Horn, AS75, and wife Patricia, recently made a $3 million commitment to enhance and expand entrepreneurial studies.

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