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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 about $50,000. The final round will be held on Wednesday, April 30 and is open to the community. > Details & Registration

Competitive Tracks

  • Students
  • Alumni, faculty and staff


Competitive Rounds

Preliminary Round

  • Participants submit a 3-5 page 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.



January 20, 2014Submission deadline (submit concepts to hornprogram@udel.edu)

February 21, 2014Notification of semi-finalists

March 14 & 21, 2014Semi-final presentations and selection of finalists

April 7-16, 2014 | Finalist rehearsals

April 30, 2014Final round presentations


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

Grasshopper Talent App, led by Liz Brenner, Nicole McCabe and Deb Stambaugh

Jaggery, led by Asmita and Anand Atre

PenguinAds, led by Mac Nagaswami

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.4 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Fund, 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 Anu Sivaraman, who is among Social Media Marketing Magazine’s “Top 100 Marketing Professors on Twitter” and MBAprograms.org’s “Top 50 Marketing Professors on Twitter” - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer experience-driven learning and emphasize evidence-based analytics methods to enrich the student experience. Here, finance students visit New York City’s financial districts for a first-hand look at markets trading and to meet with UD alumni.

Charles W. Horn, AS75, and wife Patricia, recently made a $3 million commitment to enhance and expand entrepreneurial studies.

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