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How You Can Help

Fullfilling the promise of entrepreneurial education requires active engagement and support from successful entrepreneurs, business leaders and business service providers. If you would like to join us, please raise your hand for any of these opportunities by emailing us at hornprogram@udel.edu.


Mentor a student business or an individual student so that they can benefit from the lessons you've learned.

Subject Matter Expert

Provide guidance to University-affiliated startups on specific technical and business issues.


Speak on your experiences and expertise in an entrepreneurship class, during a Free Lunch Friday session, or a Horn Program event like Fast Forward.

Advisory Board Member

Actively engage with students and the Director to provide leadership, resources, and connections to support the program's strategic initiatives.


Evaluate submissions for the Diamond Challenge for High School Entrepreneurs, Hen Hatch, the University's premier startup funding competition, or a pitch competition.

Business Service Provider

Support pre-screened, promising startups by joining our network of service providers who offer free & discounted services to University-affiliated startups.

In Residence

Spend a day or more at the VDC as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, angel investor, attorney, or business service provider in residence.

Corporate Partner

Sponsor a signature internship, youth education program, startup funding competition, or open innovation challenge.

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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