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Startup Advising

Sponsored by the Horn Program in Entrepreneurship, startup advisors will be available free of cost select days throughout the fall semester. Startup advising will be held at the Venture Development Center, 132 E. Delaware Ave.

Fall Semester Schedule

  • Every Wednesday | 12 - 4 p.m. | Startup Advisor, John Currie
  • Third Friday of Every Month (10/17 & 11/21) | 12 - 3 p.m. | Startup Advisor, Brad Bono

Startup Advisors' Bios

John Currie | Founder of ITERATE Ventures

John is a senior executive and entrepreneur known for creating value from disruptive technologies. ITERATE Ventures was established in 2005 and provides strategic partnering services to take innovations to new markets, or finding innovations to fill a company’s product pipeline. ITERATE’s clients span a number of industry segments, including information technology, specialty chemicals, materials, medical products, media and entertainment and consumer products. Prior to founding ITERATE, Currie served as technology commercialization director at Sarnoff Corporation, the former RCA Laboratories, from 1994 to 2004. In this role, he worked on over 40 major commercial projects – next generation products and services – and helped to raise $45 million of technology seed funding. He also played a key role in creating and spinning out five new technology ventures based on Sarnoff’s innovative technologies.

Brad Bono | Chairman and CEO of Princeton Hosted Solutions

Bono is a graduate of UD and has a history of success in the telecommunications industry. Prior to his role at Princeton, Bono was founder and CEO of Magellan Hill Technologies LLC. In 2010, Magellan was the fastest growing telecommunications provider and sixth overall on the Wharton School’s “Philly 100” list; Line Systems Inc. acquired the company in January 2012. Bono was also cofounder of PaeTec Communications and served as co-chief operating officer from 2004-06. He began his career at PaeTec as the president of the Eastern region, and served as a member of the board of directors from the company’s inception in 1998. During his tenure, PaeTec grew from $150,000 in revenue in 1998 to over $500 million by 2005.

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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