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Hen Hatch Funding Competition

Hen Hatch is the University of Delaware’s premier startup funding competition. It provides entrepreneurial students, alumni, faculty, and staff with the opportunity to make connections and collect feedback on their ideas while competing for startup cash and prizes totaling $50,000.

Competitive Tracks

  • Students (undergradute & graduate)
  • Alumni, Faculty & Staff

Competitive Rounds

Preliminary Round

  • Participants submit a 3-5 page written business concept for evaluation by seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, and business consultants.

Semifinal Round

  • Participants who are judged as having submitted one of the best 10 business ideas to the student track and one of the 10 best business ideas to the alumni, faculty, & staff track present an investment pitch to a panel of seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, and business consultants.

Final Round

  • Participants who are judged as having submitted one of the best 3 business ideas in each track present an investment pitch to a panel of seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, and business consultants. The judging panel determines the allocation of prizes.


2016 Schedule

November 2015 | Hen Hatch 2016 Online Application Form using Pitchburner opens

January 2016 | Registration/submission deadline

February 2016 | Notification of semi-finalists

March 2016 | Semifinal presentations and selection of finalists in each track

April 2016 | Final round presentations at UD's Innnovation & Entrepreneurship Showcase


2015 Finalists

Student Track

  • GoHappy, led by electrical and computer engineering graduate student Elpiniki Apostolaki-Iosifidou
  • ProjectedU, led by entrepreneurship and technology innovation student Benjamin Rapkin and mechanical engineering student Austin Crouse
  • The Practice Set, led by electrical engineering student Keith Doggett and finance student Jordan Gonzalez

Alumni, Faculty and Staff Track

  • Art Preservation Index, led by alumna Emily MacDonald-Korth
  • SimUCare, led by nursing faculty members Amy Cowperthwait and Heiddy DiGregorio and alumni Amy Bucha and Robert Tilly
  • GoShare, led by alumnus Shaun Savage

2014 Finalists

Student Track

  • ShopTutors, led by Nathaniel Matherson and Matt Lenhard
  • Udwell, led by Yael Bloom and Tali Cohen
  • Board to Death, led by Chris Melillo and Krista Adams

Alumni, Faculty and Staff Track

  • PenguinAds, led by Mac Nagaswami
  • Jaggery, led by Asmita and Anand Atre
  • Grasshopper Talent App, led by Liz Brenner, Nicole McCabe and Deb Stambaugh

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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