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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.

2015 Schedule

Week of November 17, 2014 | Hen Hatch 2015 Online Application Form using Pitchburner Opens

January 19, 2015 | Registration/submission deadline

February 20, 2015 | Notification of semi-finalists

March 13 & 20, 2015 | Semifinal presentations and selection of finalists in each track

April 28, 2015 | Final round presentations at UD's Innovation & Entrpreneurship Showcase


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.

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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