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Vision, Mission & Core Values

The Horn Program in Entrepreneurship serves as a preeminent provider of educational programming for youths, university students, alumni and the broader community. Our programs build on the emerging science of entrepreneurship to give participants the knowledge, skills and connections needed to thrive in today's rapidly changing world.

Our mission of the program is to promote free enterprise and human well-being by delivering empowering educational programming, promoting innovation and supporting the startup activities of UD-affiliated and community-based entrepreneurs.

Three core values guide our 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 $1.5 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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