Venture competition

Horn Program helps entrepreneurial ideas hatch


9:50 a.m., Dec. 5, 2012--The Horn Program in Entrepreneurship has announced a call for business concept submissions for Hen Hatch 2013, the University of Delaware’s premier entrepreneurial funding competition that gives students, faculty, alumni and staff the opportunity to connect with peers and professionals while competing for prizes totaling more than $50,000.

Two competitive tracks in Hen Hatch allow a range of University community members to participate. A student track is open for all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at least half time at UD. A second competitive alumni, faculty, and staff track is also offered to all alumni, current or retired faculty, and current or retired staff.

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The deadline to submit business concepts is Tuesday, Jan. 15.

The competition will include three rounds to determine winners. Participants will submit a written business concept for evaluation by seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, and business consultants in the preliminary round. Those participants from each track with the top 10 business ideas will then present an investment pitch in the second round. 

The top three participants after the first two rounds will move on to the finals, which involve delivering presentations at the sixth annual President’s Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship to be held Thursday, April 18, on UD’s Newark campus.

For more information, including requirements and past winners, visit the Venture Development Center website or email

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