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Free Lunch Friday

Please join the Entrepreneurship Club each Friday afternoon to feed your brain with entrepreneurial knowledge. They have lined up a series of interesting entrepreneurs to share their wisdom and experiences with you. Each Friday we'll bring one to campus to give a brief talk and then answer your questions. Free Lunch Friday will be held at the Venture Development Center located at 132 E. Delaware Ave. from 12 - 1:30 p.m. every Friday.


Spring Semester Events

Friday, February 14 | "Semester Kick-off at the New Venture Development Center"


Friday, February 21 | “Staying Competitive as a Brick and Mortar Business in the Internet Era”Donna O'Dell Hoke, founder and owner of Unique Impressions


Friday, February 28 | “Encouraging Growth through Management” Thomas Kane, president of Network Building and Consulting


Friday, March 7 | “So I think I have a business… now I need fuel in the tank.” Navigating the World of Capitalizing New BusinessesSteve Friedman '82, Startup advisor & Horn Program advisory board member


Friday, March 14 | “Adapting to the Environment and Handling Rapid Growth” | Sean Darras '08, owner of Luxtech


Friday, March 21 | “Innovative Organization and Exit Strategies” | Phil Lavin, founder of Averion International


Friday, April 11 | “Bootstrapping and Hiring the Right People” | Dave Mays '04, owner of DJ Amaze, LLC


Friday, April 18 | Rob Cook, president & CEO at Speakman Company


Friday, April 25 | Dr. James Glancey, mechanical engineer, consultant & entrepreneur


Friday, May 2 | “Sustainable Business and Opportunity Creation” | Thomas Luginbill '09, owner & CEO of Solair Systems


Friday, May 9 | “Turning a Website into a 7-figure Business” | Harlan Landes ’98, founder of Consumerism Commentary


Friday, May 16 | Jill Ehrlich, fashion entrepreneur and owner of Style Studio by LuLu

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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