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Startup eXperience

Horn Program to hold information sessions for premier educational opportunity


10:24 a.m., Oct. 24, 2013--The Horn Program in Entrepreneurship is now accepting applications for the Startup eXperience, the program’s premier educational opportunity open to all University of Delaware students interested in learning how to bring new ideas to the marketplace.

Similar to the Lean Launchpad course – a central part of the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps Program offered at top-rated engineering and business programs like those at Stanford, MIT and Harvard – the Startup eXperience is designed to give students the knowledge, skills and connections to start a business, drive innovation within an established company and develop sustainable solutions to chronic social problems.

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The course is open to UD students at any level – undergraduate, master’s and doctoral – in all colleges and majors. Students can apply as individuals or in teams. Preference will be given to those who apply on or before Nov. 15.

According to Dan Freeman, associate professor of marketing and director of the Horn Program, ultimately everyone who enrolls will need to work as part of a startup team.

“We know how much work needs to get done and how difficult it is to overcome the adversity that all startups will face without social support,” said Freeman, “so we strongly discourage solo-preneurship.” 

A series of information sessions, designed to provide students with a detailed overview of the course and help them meet and mingle with potential teammates, will be held on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 29 – 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Venture Development Center, 196 S. College Avenue;
  • Friday, Nov. 1 – 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Lerner Hall Atrium, following the Horn Program’s Free Lunch Friday; and
  • Wednesday, Nov. 6 – 6-7 p.m. at 16 Mile Tap House, 115 E. Main Street.

Students are asked to RSVP to

About the Horn Program

The Horn Program in Entrepreneurship serves as the University of Delaware’s preeminent provider of entrepreneurial education. The program aims to improve social and economic wellbeing by offering inclusive, engaging and empowering educational programming for youths, undergraduate and graduate students; weaving innovation and entrepreneurship into the University’s cultural fabric; and unleashing pent up innovation by breaking down barriers and creating a robust resource ecosystem. 

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