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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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Finalist Student Team Profiles

  • 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; andJordan 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.
  • 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.

Finalist Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Team Profile

  • 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.
  • 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.

Thank You to Our Final Round Judges:

  • Mark A. Turner, President and CEO, WSFS Bank
  • Anthony P. Green, Ph.D., Vice President, Technology Commercialization Group, Ben Franklin Technology Parnters
  • Holly Flanagan, Managing Director, Gabriel Investments
  • Erica Nemser, Ph.D., CEO, Compact Membrane Systems
  • Frank Andreula, Managing Director; Global Head of Client Service, JP Morgan Chase & Co.
  • Brooks H. Pierce, CEO, BHP Consulting Group LLC
  • Ngozi Bell, Regional Advocate, Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration.

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