Horn Entrepreneurship

Horn Entrepreneurship students collaborating

Horn Entrepreneurship serves as the creative engine for entrepreneurship education and advancement at UD.

Built and actively supported by successful entrepreneurs, Horn Entrepreneurship empowers aspiring innovators as they pursue new ideas for a better world.

Horn Entrepreneurship is committed to supporting student success and cultivating a lifelong community of collaboration, connections and impact. 

We're powering a better world

University of Delaware is ranked among the best in the nation for entrepreneurial studies. 

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Entrepreneurship Ranking: youtube.com/watch?v=y1V8PG9E3Iw

Why study entrepreneurship at UD?

With the upheaval of the pandemic, now is the time to study entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship education teaches you how to adapt and thrive amidst rapid change, recognize opportunities and leverage connections and resources. 

Ranked as a top 50 entrepreneurship program, Horn Entrepreneurship is a University of Delaware-wide initiative. We work with and within all areas of study at the university.

Who we are

We are a team of dedicated people who believe that entrepreneurship education can change individual lives, our community and the world. Our team consists of PhDs, experienced entrepreneurs and entrepreneurially minded individuals. We provide a small school experience within a large research university (That’s a fancy way to say we will get to know each other!). Meet the faculty, staff and National Advisory Board and read about our impact and guiding principles.


What we do

We empower you, the current and future world changers. Entrepreneurship education is not just about starting your own business; it is about developing an entrepreneurial mindset & skillset - resilience, creativity, teamwork, problem solving, etc. Whether you want to be an entrepreneur, be innovative within an established company (intrapreneur) or tackle a social challenge (mission-driven business, nonprofit), an entrepreneurship education will support your goal. Read about how our students & alumni practice entrepreneurship on our blog.

Materials & Resources

Try before you buy

Choosing a university and area of study is a major decision. It needs to be a good fit. We welcome you to dig deeper.

Sit in on a Class

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We invite you to get firsthand experience with Horn Entrepreneurship by joining a virtual class. You will see the interaction between faculty and students, class content and the character of the entrepreneurship major. 

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Chat with a Student

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Hear the personal experiences of a current entrepreneurship major. You can get your questions answered about life inside or outside of the classroom. 


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Speak with an Advisor

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Learn more about the entrepreneurship major by speaking with the Academic Advisor. You will gain an understanding of how entrepreneurship majors navigate their academic experience at UD.


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The Venture Development Center

Home to UD's entrepreneurial community

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  • Miranda Petti

    Serving and Studying Abroad

    July 02, 2021 | Written by Jan Castro
    University of Delaware student Miranda Petti’s sophomore year looked a little different from that of her peers. A senior airman of the U.S. Air Force Reserve Command, Petti spent three semesters stationed at the Al Udeid Air Base in Doha, Qatar, over 6,000 miles away from her home in Whiting, New Jersey, while enrolled in classes at UD.
  • DBT unveils 2021 Top 40 Under 40 Class

    October 22, 2021 | Written by Delaware Business Times
    This year’s class comes from all corners of Delaware, representing for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations and the diverse community that serves them. Emerson Marine, a Horn Entrepreneurship team member, is honored.
  • Meet Greater Philadelphia's Inno Under 25

    September 21, 2021 | Written by Kennedy Rose
    Several UD graduates and current students are featured in this inaugural look at young innovators in the region. Among the UD-linked startups featured are Alchemize Fightware, Ultimate Tournament eSportsbook and social impact real estate investment firm Wilminvest.
  • Lignolix, Starting with Sustainable Ideas to Produce Real Market Value

    September 02, 2021 | Written by Vanessa Spence
    Imagine how a jar filled with a gooey brown liquid, the residual components of plant waste, would become the focus of a purposeful and sustainable use. In 2019, Eric Gottlieb, a post doc and Robert O’Dea , a graduate student, imagined the possibilities. Eric Gottlieb, now CEO of Lignolix, recalls the unappealing look of the lignin, a glue-like compound that provides rigidity in most plants.
  • 2021 Summer Founders Show Hard Work & Viable Startups at Demo Day

    August 25, 2021 | Written by Ryan Sigmund
    Horn Entrepreneurship’s Summer Founders Pre-accelerator came to an end with Demo Day on August 19, 2021. However, the founders continued progress towards more successful startups never ends.


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