The Venture Development Center (VDC) provides a home for the entrepreneurial community on campus. It serves as a learning laboratory and business hatchery/incubator for students who are interested in starting and growing businesses, driving innovation for established companies, and developing market-based solutions to social problems.
The VDC aims to support and nurture entrepreneurial activity through its programming and resources. Current programming includes: mentorship programs, workshops, funding competitions, in-residence programs and other activities and events. Current resources include: meeting and coworking space, computer and printing resources, in-house media production, and an extensive network of community connections. The VDC also seeks to create connections between students, faculty, alumni, and community members who possess a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.
All UD students who are actively pursuing the launch and growth of a business are eligible to apply to become licensees of the VDC. Licensees gain 24-hour access to the VDC and its resources. They also receive business advisory and other services as well as in-kind support.