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Hen Hatch

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.

The 2016 final competition was held on April 25, 2016. The winners were:

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.

Thank you to our judges:

  • Terri Kelly, president and CEO of W.L. Gore & Associates
  • Ben du Pont, founder of yet2Ventures
  • Stephen Tang, president and CEO of the University City Science Center
  • Ralph J. Cetrulo III, partner, Stephano Slack LLC
  • Jim Kelly, EVP (ret.), Capital One
  • Karen Griffith Gryga, chief investment officer, DreamIt Ventures
  • John Doherty, SVP, Corporate Development and Verizon Ventures
  • Bill McKernan, CPA and trustee, Elliott Foundation
  • Chris Metz, CEO of Arctic Cat

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Belfint, Lyons, Shuman
  • Connolly Gallagher, LLP
  • Hunter Public Relations
  • Insperity
  • Iterate Ventures
  • Pepper Hamilton LLP
  • Socialmedialink
  • Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP

Details on Hen Hatch 2017 will be available soon. A general timeline:

  • December 2016: Hen Hatch registration opens
  • January 2017: Registration and submission deadline
  • February 2017: Notification of semifinalists
  • Mid-March 2017: Semifinal presentations and selection of finalists
  • April 2017: Innovation Showcase and Hen Hatch Final Round


2015 Finalists

Student Track

  • The Practice Set, led by Keith Doggett and Jordan Gonzalez
  • ProjectedU, led by Benjamin Rapkin and Austin Crouse
  • GoHappy, led by Elpiniki Apostolaki-Iosifidou

Alumni, Faculty and Staff Track

  • SimUCare, led by nursing faculty member Amy Cowperthwait and researcher Amy Bucha
  • Art Preservation Index, led by alumna Emily MacDonald-Korth
  • GoShare, led by alumnus Shaun Savage

2014 Finalists

Student Track

  • ShopTutors, (since pivoted to LendEdu) led by Nathaniel Matherson and Matt Lenhard
  • Udwell, led by Yael Bloom and Tali Cohen
  • Board to Death, led by Chris Melillo and Krista Adams

Alumni, Faculty and Staff Track

  • PenguinAds, (now Carvertise) led by Mac Nagaswami
  • Jaggery, led by Asmita and Anand Atre
  • Grasshopper Talent App, led by Liz Brenner, Nicole McCabe and Deb Stambaugh

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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