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Vision, Mission & Core Values

The Horn Program in Entrepreneurship serves as a preeminent provider of entrepreneurial education. We help to improve social and economic wellbeing by: (1) offering inclusive, engaging & empowering educational programming for youths, undergraduates & graduate students, (2) weaving innovation & entrepreneurship into the University’s cultural fabric and (3) unleashing pent up innovation by breaking down barriers and creating a robust resource ecosystem.

Three core values guide our impassioned pursuit of our program goals:


Offering educational opportunities for all and welcoming all ideas for new businesses and social enterprises. We are living this principle by offering courses and co-curricular activities that are open to any student on campus – undergraduate and graduate. We are also living it by offering educational opportunities and support for high school students, alumni, and community-based entrepreneurs.


Offering programming that attracts and holds interest and brings people together. We are living this principle through curricular and co-curricular programming that emphasizes hands-on involvement in the startup process and learning by doing. We are also living it by emphasizing alumni and community involvement in our courses, workshops, competitions, and other programming.


Giving the power of economic self-determination to program participants through their acquisition of entrepreneurial knowledge and skills. It also refers to the creation and maintenance of a robust resource ecosystem in which culture and other environmental factors support startup activity. We are living this principle by placing the emerging science of entrepreneurship, which focuses on customer development and lean startup principles, at the core of our educational programs. We are also living it by working to build a broad network of connections, mutually beneficial relationships, and sustainable funding streams to support entrepreneurial education and activity.

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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