Take Your Concept to the Next Level

All UD students who are actively pursuing the launch and growth of a business are eligible to apply to become participants in VentureOn. Participants receive 24-hour access to the VDC, business advisory and other services as well as in-kind support. They also receive scheduling priority and invitations to special events as well as automatic enrollment into the flexible benefits program for copying & printing, media production, promotional, and supply needs. 

Spring 2023 Schedule


December 2, 2022

Applications open for VentureOn 

February 27, 2023

Applications due for VentureOn 

Just getting started in the world of startups?

Check out the VDC Community Sessions every Wednesday night 6 - 7 p.m. at the Venture Development Center at 132 E. Delaware Ave., Newark, DE 19711. VDC Community Sessions are for anyone interested in entrepreneurship, whether you have an idea you want to develop, you want to get inspired to create a new idea, or you want to join a community of people trying to navigate the world of entrepreneurship together. Community Sessions will help you develop personally and professionally through exercises like idea creation, goal planning and constant feedback. All UD students are welcome. No obligations. No commitments. 

  • Bridget Bergan interacting with an elderly woman at a ReTeen event

    ReTeen: Living and Learning for Retirees

    January 11, 2023 | Written by Yashlee Francois
    Founded by Nate George along with Bridget Bergan back in Sep. 2021, ReTeen is a startup that recommends personalized activities and plans social events for retirees to do during retirement that will keep them lively, social, and healthy.
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    November 10, 2022 | Written by Ryan Sigmund
    VentureOn is a semester-long application-based program that offers students a chance to validate a problem and build a viable solution in resolving a chosen area of personal interest. Ventures range from social, to business, to product ideas.
  • From Horn to Beyond! Lilly Checkoff and Her Life as a Horn Graduate

    November 01, 2022 | Written by Kaylin Atkinson
    University of Delaware 2022 graduate and former Horn Ambassador Lilly Checkoff began her start in entrepreneurship at a very young age. With her non-profit Tools For School, she provided thousands of backpacks and school supplies for underprivileged children.