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Hen Hatch is the University of Delaware’s premier startup funding competition. It provides entrepreneurial students, alumni, faculty, and staff with the opportunity to make connections and collect feedback on their ideas while competing for startup cash and prizes totaling $100,000.

Hen Hatch 2017 will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 5 to 9 p.m. at World Café Live at the Queen in Wilmington, Delaware. Admission to Hen Hatch is $20 for students and $50 for community members. Advance registration is required.

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Semifinalist Student Team Profiles

  • AndAgain: AndAgain is a denim apparel company with a focus on sustainability and consumer individualism. This team includes Morgan Young, College of Arts and Sciences, class of 2018, and Greg Harder, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, class of 2018.
  • BookBandit: BookBandit is your one-stop shop to find books at the lowest possible price. James Jannuzzio, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, class of 2017, developed this concept.
  • Chalo Inc.: Chalo is a transportation platform designed to increase the efficiency, convenience and safety of drivers. Suryansh Gputa, College of Engineering, class of 2020, developed this concept.
  • Dronespace: Dronespace provides aerial drone users with a low-cost, portable, modularly expandable space to fly drones safely. This team includes Adam Stager, College of Engineering, class of 2018; Eric Jackson, College of Engineering, class of 2017; Daniel McCaffery, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, class of 2017; and Chi Zhang, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, class of 2017.
  • GeoSwap: GeoSwap is a social networking app that lets you tap into the pulse of your city.. GeoSwap includes Jason Bamford and Keith Doggett, College of Engineering, class of 2017; and Jordan Gonzalez, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, class of 2017.
  • Influencia: Influencia is an influencer marketing platform that brings business and influencers together. Influencia was created by Danilo Vicioso, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, class of 2018.
  • InvestEgg: InvestEgg is an innovative web/mobile application used to coach people on good financial habits and investing. This team includes Anthony Rossi, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics and College of Engineering, class of 2018; Adam Stager and Duanyi Wei, College of Engineering, class of 2018.
  • N-Space Sensors – N-Space Sensors aims to supply novel multifunctional nanocomposite sensors for in situ quantitative structural health monitoring. This team includes Halo Liu, College of Engineering and College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, class of 2017; Hongbo Dai, College of Engineering, class of 2017; Dr. Erik Thostenson, associate professor, Mechanical engineering; and William Johnson, Business development Specialist, Office of Economic Innovation and Partnership.
  • Prominence – Prominence serves as an integrated social media and online shopping platform. This team includes Yiran Liu and Harrison Leavitt, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, class of 2017.
  • RevirescoReviresco is a social venture that works to bridge the civilian-military divide by engaging, educating and empowering society to go beyond saying “thank you for your service.” This team includes Micah Petersen, College of Arts and Sciences, and College of Earth, Ocean and Environment , class of 2017; Alessandro Chiodo, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, class of 2017; and Angel Ortiz, College of Arts and Sciences, class of 2017.
  • Revive – Revive helps women find a purpose for the clothing they no longer wear through the use of a mobile application. This team includes Rachel Weinberger, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, class of 2017; Emma Lynch, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, class of 2019; Avalon Greene, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, class of 2018; and Palina Ivanova, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, class of 2017.
  • SolaBrid – SolaBrid aims at realizing high efficiency and affordable solar by fabricating hybrid solar devices. Abhishek Iyer, College of Engineering, class of 2017, developed this concept.
  • Vote Lock – Vote Lock provides secure online voting solutions. This team includes Jonathan Wood and Corey Hahn, College of Engineering and Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, class of 2017.
  • Wilminvest – Wilminvest provides supported housing environments for third party community based organizations. This team includes Joel Amin, College of Arts and Sciences and Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, class of 2019, and Bryce Fender, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, class of 2019.

Semifinalist Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Team Profiles

  • 14 Rings LLC – 14 Rings LLC has developed software that allows entrepreneurs to establish many protected business units as Series LLC and automate critical record keeping functions. John Williams, Club Men’s Crew Assistant Coach, Athletics Department. Audonate – Audonate is an app that automatically rounds up and donates your spare change to any nonprofit. This team includes Adam Breese and Gordon Lippincott, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, class of 2016.
  • Changing the Cancer Conversation – Changing the Cancer Conversation features jewelry that represents the molecules of chemo treatment that a cancer patient receives. Lorrie Jackson, College of Arts and Sciences, class of 2002, is leading this initiative.
  • Crowdholding – Crowdholding allows startups to share future revenue as a reward (“crowdshares”) to the crowd for feedback and ideas that are up-voted and sorted by the crowd. Julie Frieswyk, lead, Youth Initiative, Horn Program in Entrepreneurship.
  • Resonate Forward, LLC – Resonate Forward, LLC is developing an in-home vibration therapy medical device that has been shown to improve the gait of people with Parkinson’s disease. This team includes Theresa Litherland, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, class of 2016; and Ingrid Pretzer-Aboff, ssociate professor, College of Health Sciences; Scott Jones, chairperson, professor of accounting, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics; and John Rabolt, Karl W. and Renate Böer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Strados Labs – Strados Labs offers Pulmawear, which aims to improve chronic respiratory disease management. Nick Delmonico, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, class of 2012.
  • TenantUTenantU is creating a new model for residential property management. This team includes Jacob Jeifa, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, class of 2016; Wilson Hsu, College of Engineering, class of 2015, Krzysztof Czerwinski, College of Engineering, class of 2016; and Alex Carr, College of Engineering, class of 2017.
  • Thimble – Thimble is a service to discover hidden fashion design talent and connect them to clients who want to repair or redesign their clothes. Rita Chang, College of Arts and Sciences, class of 2010, developed this concept.
  • Vibrating Therapeutic Apparel (VTA) – VTA offers wearable, therapeutic products that use vibration technology to help alleviate pain. This team includes Amira Idris, College of Engineering and Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, class of 2016, and Danielle Dubay-Betters, College of Arts and Sciences, class of 2017.
  • Virtual Home – Virtual Home generates immersive, interactive home environments representing options for customers buying new or upgrading existing homes. This team includes Art Trembanis, associate professor, College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, and Adam Stager, College of Engineering, class of 2018.

Two Competitive Tracks

Hen Hatch offers two competitive tracks:

  1. Student track, open to all undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled at least half time at the University of Delaware
  2. Alumni, faculty and staff track, open to all alumni, current or retired faculty and current or retired staff

The 2016 Winners

Student Track
  • $16,800: JADE Biotech – Elizabeth Soulas, Daniel Charytonowicz, John Lowman and Allison Lisberg
    This team of students from the College of Engineering created Chroma, a medical diagnostic device that helps deter theft of liquid narcotics in hospitals.
  • $13,200: Curing Cube – Farhad Baqi from the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, and Seyar Baqi and Edward Bayley from the College of Arts and Sciences
    This team created the Curing Cube, dental equipment that features LED light and cures dental products from all angles quickly, efficiently and without added heat.
  • $7,000: Joost Wafel Co. – Joost Elling from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
    Elling created a food manufacturing and sales business specializing in award-winning Stroopwafels, a Dutch cookie made from caramel sandwiched between two thin, crisp waffle layers. Joost Wafel Co. also won the Audience Choice award.
Alumni, Faculty, Staff Track
  • $21,500: Strataca Systems, LLC – John Erbey, 1993 alum from the College of Health Sciences
    Erbey, founder and CEO of Strataca, invented JuxtaFlow, a treatment for acute kidney injury.
  • $9,000: NERDit NOW – Jonathan Hoxter, 2012 alum from the Lerner College
    Hoxter created a mobile repair shop for cell phones, tablets and laptops.
  • $5,500: Flip – Chris Lin, 2015 alum from the College of Engineering
    Lin pitched the wallet he designed, which he calls the first of its kind. The Flip wallet makes cards and cash more accessible without adding bulk.

Three Rounds to Determine Award Winners

  1. Preliminary round
    Participants submit a 3-5 page written business concept for evaluation by seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, and business consultants.
  2. Semifinal round
    Participants who are judged as having submitted one of the 10 most promising business concepts to the student track and one of the 10 most promising business concepts to the alumni, faculty & staff track present a 7-minute pitch and answer questions from entrepreneurs and investors.
  3. Final round
    Participants who are judged as having submitted one of the 3 most promising business concepts in each track present a 7-minute pitch and answer questions from entrepreneurs and investors in front of a live audience.

2017 Schedule

November 28, 2016 Hen Hatch registration opens
January 23, 2017 Registration/submission deadline
February 13, 2017 Notification of semi-finalists
March 17, 2017 Semifinal presentations and selection of finalists in the student track
March 24, 2017 Semifinal presentations and selection of finalists in the AFS track
April 25, 2017 Final Presentations at World Café Live at the Queen