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How You Can Help

Fullfilling the promise of entrepreneurial education requires active engagement and support from successful entrepreneurs, business leaders and business service providers. If you would like to join us, please raise your hand for any of these opportunities by emailing Stefanie Spatola, Assistant Director, at sspatola@udel.edu.


Mentor a student business or an individual student so that they can benefit from the lessons you've learned.

Subject Matter Expert

Provide guidance to University-affiliated startups on specific technical and business issues.


Speak on your experiences and expertise in an entrepreneurship class, during a Free Lunch Friday session, or a Horn Program event like Fast Forward.

Advisory Board Member

Actively engage with students and the Director to provide leadership, resources, and connections to support the program's strategic initiatives.


Evaluate submissions for the Diamond Challenge for High School Entrepreneurs, Hen Hatch, the University's premier startup funding competition, or a pitch competition.

Business Service Provider

Support pre-screened, promising startups by joining our network of service providers who offer free & discounted services to University-affiliated startups.

In Residence

Spend a day or more at the VDC as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, angel investor, attorney, or business service provider in residence.

Corporate Partner

Sponsor a signature internship, youth education program, startup funding competition, or open innovation challenge.

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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