Venture Development

Activate Your Passion

Horn Entrepreneurship’s Venture Support and Commercialization programs provide a continuum of guidance and valuable resources to members of the UD community as they pursue new ideas for a better world, explore their professional interests and activate their passions.


The past year has been the most transformative of my life. Being immersed in a startup atmosphere, and developing a degree of expertise in the biotech space specifically, has been invaluable for both my personal and career growth.

- John Lowman

Signature Programs

International Students

International students on F-1 and J-1 visas are strongly encouraged to discuss any entrepreneurship, start-up, or volunteer opportunities with the Center for Global Programs and Services prior to accepting the position. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security restricts certain practical training options (whether paid or unpaid) for F-1 and J-1 students unless they have prior authorization from the government. Please note that even if an international student is not being paid or is volunteering, they may still require authorization.

If you are an F-1 or J-1 international student considering work, volunteering, self-employment, or start-up ventures (even if they are part of a class project or as part of your program of study), please contact an immigration advisor at OISS to discuss your options and requirements for maintaining status in the U.S. Additional information can be found on the OISS Employment page.

  • Making Broader Impacts: Announcing the New Innovation Delaware Fellowship Program

    July 14, 2023 | Written by Daniel J. Freeman
    Delaware’s research scientists, graduate students and innovators now have an exceptional opportunity to learn about, and gain first-hand experience with the process of translating their ideas, discoveries and inventions from the laboratory to the marketplace – the Innovation Delaware (InDE) Fellowship program.
  • Announcing the 12th Annual Deshpande Symposium Award Winners

    June 30, 2023 | VentureWell
    University of Delaware Horn Entrepreneurship's Social Entrepreneurship Initiative was recognized at the Deshpande Symposium on Innovation & Entrepreneurship as its 2023 awardee for Excellence in Curriculum Innovation in Entrepreneurship.
  • Burn Social: Innovation In Three Dimensions

    June 29, 2023 | Written by Yashlee Francois
    Cute and personalized cookie cutters, hands-free door openers, and an “impossible floating” table are all imaginative ideas brought to life by the wonders of the 3D printing world. More specifically brought to life by the innovative mind of Richard Hayburn and his business Burn Social LLC., who have made it a mission to bring everyone’s imagination to life, whether it's the imagination of an established engineer or an artistic 8-year-old.