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University of Delaware - Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics

By Adam Sexton October 17, 2017

Founders, owners or leaders of companies received Blue Hen 17&43 awards

The University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics and Horn Entrepreneurship announce recipients of the inaugural Blue Hen 17&43 awards, which recognize UD students and alumni who have owned, founded or led promising new ventures and fast-growing companies. Forty-two Blue Hen businesses will receive the honor.

“UD’s new Blue Hen 17&43 Awards recognize and celebrate a special subset of our amazing UD family – the innovators, entrepreneurs and business leaders who have launched promising startups, guided the rapid growth of job-creating companies or done both,” said Dan Freeman, founding director of Horn Entrepreneurship.

Ventures recognized as most promising include (listed alphabetically):


BetterSkills Inc.

Bloom Daily Planners

CanSurround PBC


Extreme Scale Solutions


Global Accelerator network (GAN)



Manor of Hope

SRILX Products, LLC

Strataca Systems, LLC

TenantU Services, Inc.


TKo Hospitality Management


Fastest growing companies include (listed alphabetically):


Alternative Energy Development Group LLC


Belfint, Lyons & Shuman, P.A.

Biocom Purchasing Group

Brighton Cromwell

Bubbakoo’s Burritos

Diamond State Financial Group, LLC

Elite PT, LLC

EWC Controls, Inc.

Ferris Home Improvements

gBuild Construction

Grill Grate

IronLinx Transportation, LLC

KCI Technologies

KMRD Partners, Inc.

Lang Development Group

Lavida Hospitality


Mercantile Processing, Inc.

Princeton Hosted Solutions, LLC.


The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation

The Siegfried Group, LLP

Urban Furniture Outlet, Inc.

Ventures considered for the “most promising” list were formed five years ago or less and were selected on the basis of documented milestones, capital raised, revenue and overall business potential. Fastest growing companies experienced growth rates in excess of 10 percent per year over the last three years and generated at least $1 million in annual revenue.

Information on the companies and their founders is available at http://horn.udel.edu/2017-1743-winners.

About Horn Entrepreneurship

Horn Entrepreneurship serves as the University of Delaware’s creative engine for entrepreneurship education and advancement. Built and actively supported by successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders, Horn Entrepreneurship empowers aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs as they pursue new ideas for a better world.