Department of Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management

Hospitality Entrepreneurship Summit

Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30, 2014

Saturday March 29: Clayton Conference Center
Sunday, March 30: Marriott Courtyard at the University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716

Registration fee - $25

Please contact:

Donna Laws

The University of Delaware’s Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management is hosting its seventh annual Hospitality Entrepreneurship Summit, Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30, 2014. The Summit is designed to educate and encourage promising underrepresented business and hospitality students to consider establishing businesses and/or franchises in the hospitality and tourism industry. The agenda focus is on entrepreneurship, small business planning and franchising. Invited participants include business and hospitality students from Mid-Atlantic historically black colleges and universities, University of Delaware and high schools from Delaware, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC. As part of the popular two-day conference, an annual business plan competition is held, which awards scholarship funds to students from the winning schools.

Dr. Francis Kwansa

The Hospitality Entrepreneurship Summit is proudly sponsored by ARAMARK.

Participating Colleges and Universities:
Cheyney University
College of Southern Maryland
Delaware State University
Lincoln University
Morgan State University
St. Johns University
University of District of Columbia
Virginia State University
Western Hospitality Institute

Participating High Schools:

Benjamin Franklin High School
Cedamore Corporation Einstein High School
Forestville Military Academy
Hartford Culinary Arts, Hospitality & Tourism Academy
Magruder High School
Mastbaum High School
Philadelphia Academies, Inc.


Previous years:
2009 Summit
2010 Summit
2011 Summit
2012 Summit
2013 Summit

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’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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