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Contact Us

The Horn Program in Entrepreneurship is a university-wide enterprise, but our administrative home is in the Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics. Our daily operations occur at the Venture Development Center (VDC) located at 132 East Delaware Avenue, Suite 100, Newark, DE 19711 (Google Map).

The Venture Development Center is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. During the summer & winter session the VDC closes daily at 4 p.m. 

For more information about the Horn Program in Entrepreneurship please email us at hornprogram@udel.edu or reach us by phone at (302) 831-4393.

Driving Directions

When heading east on Delaware Avenue (one-way street), the Venture Development Center is located on the left side after the intersection of Academy Street & the newly constructed Washington House Condominiums. Our driveway is immediately before the building & reserved parking is available upon request. 
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Dan Freeman | Directorfreemand@udel.edu

Tony Middlebrooks | Director, Graduate Programstmiddleb@udel.edu

Julie Frieswyk | Manager, Youth Programs | julief@udel.edu

Tricia Monnig | Manager, Academic Enrichment | tmonnig@udel.edu

Vincent DiFelice | Manager, Venture Support | vincentd@udel.edu

Meg Marcozzi | Manager, Marketing and Events | megm@udel.edu

Lauren Cox-Ristenbatt | Venture Development Center Operations | laurencr@udel.edu

Sue Parkowski | Venture Development Center Operations | suep@udel.edu

Mona Parikh | Community Engagement Liaisonmparikh@udel.edu

Lizzie Allen | Business Administrator | eaallen@udel.edu

News Highlights

Hen Hatch winners

$100,000-plus prize pool shared between UD startups at Hen Hatch competition

Hen Hatch, UD's premier startup funding competition, held its final round and awarded a $100,000 prize pool to winners.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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