Open for business

Venture Development Center, new home for student entrepreneurs

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Startup eXperience

Horn Program's premier educational opportunity

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Startup winners

Finalists awarded at Hen Hatch final round

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App launched

UD graduates create Anniversary app

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The University of Delaware Horn Program in Entrepreneurship seeks to foster innovation & entrepreneurship by providing world-class educational opportunities and serving as a catalyst for the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Our program provides a solid foundation of curricular, co-curricular and outreach programming. On the curricular side, students learn through an undergraduate major and minor or an MBA concentration. Co-curricular activities include the Venture Development Center, an entrepreneurial hub that promotes the growth of entrepreneurial endeavors and economic development for students; a startup funding competition called Hen Hatch; and an outreach component, Fast Forward (formerly the President's Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship).

News Highlights

Nov. 7: Pitch Party

UD's Horn Program holds competition for best entrepreneurial ideas

The Horn Program in Entrepreneurship at UD will hold a "Pitch Your Path" competition on Nov. 7 for students with ideas for new businesses.

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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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