Alumni, faculty and staff finalists for entrepreneurial program announced
9:51 a.m., March 23, 2012--The semifinal round of the alumni, faculty and staff track of Hen Hatch, the University of Delaware’s premier business startup funding competition, was held on Friday, March 16, at the Entrepreneurial Studies Program’s Venture Development Center.
Six teams delivered investor funding presentations for their businesses, ranging from a mobile application for people suffering from multiple sclerosis to a Social Security claim optimization service to an international banking service.
Underdogs no more
According to Dan Freeman, associate professor of business administration in the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics and faculty director of the Entrepreneurial Studies Program, “It was great to host some of our entrepreneurial alumni back on campus, especially the team that traveled all the way from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston to present.”
Freeman added, “This year is the first time we have included an alumni, faculty and staff track in our premier funding competition, and it’s definitely something we’ll be looking to continue in the years to come.”
A panel of experts evaluated the presentations and selected three teams to advance to the competition’s final round.
- Endevr, led by Pedro Moore, a 2006 management and marketing graduate;
- Nfoshare, led by Nikhil Paul, a 2009 honors electrical engineering graduate; and
- HapHunt, led by Benjamin Tang, a 2003 honors chemical engineering graduate and Eric Pridgen, a 2003 honors chemical engineering graduate.
The final round of Hen Hatch will take place during the 2012 UD President’s Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship to be held April 19 in the Multipurpose Rooms of the Trabant University Center. More than $40,000 in startup cash and services will be awarded to Hen Hatch finalists, and attendees will have a chance to win one of three special prizes.
Registration (free) is required to attend the final round of Hen Hatch. To register or view program details, visit this website.