Department of Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management

Hospitality Entrepreneurship Summit

Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30, 2014

Saturday March 29: Clayton Conference Center
Sunday, March 30: Marriott Courtyard at the University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716

Registration fee - $25

Please contact:

Donna Laws

The University of Delaware’s Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management is hosting its seventh annual Hospitality Entrepreneurship Summit, Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30, 2014. The Summit is designed to educate and encourage promising underrepresented business and hospitality students to consider establishing businesses and/or franchises in the hospitality and tourism industry. The agenda focus is on entrepreneurship, small business planning and franchising. Invited participants include business and hospitality students from Mid-Atlantic historically black colleges and universities, University of Delaware and high schools from Delaware, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC. As part of the popular two-day conference, an annual business plan competition is held, which awards scholarship funds to students from the winning schools.

Dr. Francis Kwansa

The Hospitality Entrepreneurship Summit is proudly sponsored by ARAMARK.

Participating Colleges and Universities:
Cheyney University
College of Southern Maryland
Delaware State University
Lincoln University
Morgan State University
St. Johns University
University of District of Columbia
Virginia State University
Western Hospitality Institute

Participating High Schools:

Benjamin Franklin High School
Cedamore Corporation Einstein High School
Forestville Military Academy
Hartford Culinary Arts, Hospitality & Tourism Academy
Magruder High School
Mastbaum High School
Philadelphia Academies, Inc.

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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