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Current VentureOn Participants

The Venture Development Center serves as home to many of our student & alumni businesses. The level of development of these startups varies from the conceptual stage all the way to realizing revenues. The following is a list of the current businesses of the VDC.

Jiancheng "JC" Yang

Chemical Engineering Major, Minors in Economics & Entrepreneurial Studies
Founder of Express Lunch Box

Express Lunch Box is an app that allows users to order lunch from one of the most authentic Chinese restaurants in the area and pick up their orders at an on-campus delivery drop-off point, all from the convenience of their smart phones.

Aaron Kesler & Weihe Tian

Computer Science & Engineering Majors, Minor in Entrepreneurial Studies
Co-founders of STAK (Zapified)

The easiest way to buy and sell anything at the University of Delaware. Launching as an iPhone app in late September for the UD student community.

Austin Crouse

Mechanical Engineering Major, Minors in Entrepreneurial Studies & Mathematics
Founder of AJ Creative Ventures

With several years of experience in computer modeling, robotics & rapid prototyping (3D printing), we create new & innovative technologies. Our current project is a robot lawn mower that learns how you mow & repeats the pattern.


Becca Leisher

Economics Major, Minor in Business Administration
Founder of Beck & Call Delivery Service


Alex Razzook

Biomechanics & Movement Science Ph.D Candidate
Founder of Intelligent Digital Manufacturing, LLC


Yael Bloom & Tali Cohen

Entrepreneurship & Technology Innovation, MIS & Marketing Majors
Co-founders of Udwell


Donavan Trigg & Nishank Singh

MIS & Finance Majors
Co-founders of Waloopo


Tyler Sharp

Psychology Major
Founder of Stay Sharp


Matt Kroll

MBA Student
Founder of East Coast Float Spa


Nate Matheson & Matt Lenhard

Finance & Economics Majors
Co-founders of Shop Tutors


Sean Carey

Marketing Major
Founder of Awake







The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, 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 Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

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