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Startup eXperience

Interested in learning how to bring new ideas into the marketplace by actually trying to do it? 

The Startup eXperience is the Horn Program’s premier educational opportunity.  It is comprised of two courses in which student teams attempt to conceive, validate, and launch high growth potential businesses. Faculty will guide students as they search for viable business models using customer development and lean startup principles. Investors, seasoned entrepreneurs, and technical experts will also provide guidance.

Through participation in the Startup eXperience, students will acquire valuable knowledge and skills pertinent to launching a startup, working for an emerging technology company, or fostering innovation for a large enterprise. They will learn how to recognize and ideate around opportunity, conduct proof of concept testing, bootstrap resources, develop viable business models, bring new technologies to market, and launch and grow new ventures. They may also succeed in making a job for themselves by creating a viable startup.

All students - undergraduate and graduate - from all colleges and majors, can apply for admission. The next session will begin in spring 2014 (Startup eXperience 1) and continue into fall 2014 (Startup eXperience II). New this year, students can apply as an individual or as a team. 


Application Process

The application processed is closed for 2014 but will reopen again for spring 2015.

This course is open to ALL students with no pre-requisites. However, preference is given to students who:

  • Apply before November 15

  • Demonstrate an interest in entrepreneurship and/or technology innovation

  • Have a strong record of academic achievement

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Have taken ENTR350

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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