Horn Program in Entrepreneurship
The University of Delaware Horn Program in Entrepreneurship ignites imaginations and empowers world changers through entrepreneurial education. Our offerings emphasize experiential learning, evidence-based entrepreneurship and active engagement with entrepreneurs, business leaders and others interested in entrepreneurship.
Horn Program courses and programs give students the knowledge, skills, connections and access to resources needed to successfully manifest innovation and thrive in a rapidly changing world.
Our degree programs serve the needs of students who may wish to launch a startup, develop sustainable solutions to important social problems or foster innovation for an established company. Our students learn how to recognize opportunity, generate ideas, validate innovative business models, gain buy in from others, bring new technologies to market and launch new ventures.
Undergraduate Major in Entrepreneurship & Technology Innovation
Undergraduate Minor in Entrepreneurial Studies
Undergraduate Minor in Social Entrepreneurship
- M.S. in Entrepreneurship and Design
- MBA Major in Entrepreneurial Studies
MBA Concentration in Entrepreneurial Studies
Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Technology Innovation
Want to learn more about our academic programs? Please email Tricia Monnig, Academic Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 302-831-4619. If you would like to schedule an appointment, be sure to include at least 3 dates & times that work with your schedule.
Venture Development Center (VDC)
The Horn Program’s Venture Development Center (VDC) serves as the home for entrepreneurial community on campus and an applied learning laboratory for students. The VDC provides resources and support to help hatch and grow student businesses. In addition, the VDC hosts activities and events that forge connections among university students, faculty, staff and the broader entrepreneurial community.
Signature Programs, Offerings and Workshops
Delaware Innovation Fellows
All UD students who are actively pursuing the launch and growth of a business are eligible to apply to become participants in VentureOn. Participants receive 24-hour access to the VDC, business advisory and other services as well as in-kind support. They also receive scheduling priority and invitations to special events as well as automatic enrollment into the flexible benefits program for copying & printing, media production, promotional, and supply needs. Apply online to the spring VentureOn Program. Applications will be accepted February 6-17, 2017.
Hen Hatch is the University of Delaware’s premier startup funding competition. It provides entrepreneurial students, alumni, faculty and staff with opportunities to make connections and collect feedback on their ideas while competing for startup cash and prizes totaling $100,000.
Full details on Hen Hatch 2017 will be available soon. Learn more about Hen Hatch.
First Step Grand Challenges
For detailed information, please visit: www.udel.edu/firststep
National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Program
The National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Sites Program provides specialized training and mini grants of $3,000 to teams interested in exploring the commercial viability of their ideas for products and businesses that are based on their own inventions, University intellectual property, or any STEM-related technology.
Blue Hen Proof-of-Concept Fund
The Horn Program in Entrepreneurship is pioneering an innovative model for the new Blue Hen Proof-of-Concept Fund that will allow University of Delaware technologists, including students, faculty, post-docs and staff, to build their prototypes based on meeting customer’s needs and wants.
Learning how to bring new ideas into the marketplace by actually doing 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. New this year, students can apply as an individual or as a team.
Free Lunch Fridays & Workshop Wednesdays
On Workshop Wednesdays, an expert leads a how-to workshop on a practical topic about starting your business. Fifteen-minute one-on-one meetings with the presenter will follow the workshop.
The Challenge Locator
Since 2012, more than 3,500 young people have participated in our youth programs, sponsored by the Paul and Linda McConnell Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative. These initiatives empower young people by helping them to recognize that everything in life was made by people and can be changed.
Diamond Challenge for High School Entrepreneurs
Youth Entrepreneurship Summit (YES!)
For more information about these opportunities, please contact Julie Frieswyk by phone at 302-831-1527 or by email at email@example.com.
How You Can Help
Fulfilling the promise of entrepreneurial education requires active engagement and support from successful entrepreneurs, business leaders and business service providers to serve as mentors, speakers, board members, judges, business service providers or through sponsorship or corporate partnership. If you would like to join us, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Horn Program receives full support for our administrative and instructional expenses from the Lerner College of Business & Economics. This enables us to utilize 100% of all gifts, grants, sponsorships and revenues generated by our own entrepreneurial activities to fund signature programs, new initiatives and other activities that make a positive impact.
Visit http://www.udel.edu/makeagift and designate Horn Program as the recipient of your support.