Calling all Blue Hen student entrepreneurs: apply to University of Delaware’s premier startup funding competition, Hen Hatch. This program is a once-a-year opportunity for UD students to put their best ideas forward and compete for a portion of a $50,000 prize pool. The submission deadline is September 15.
More than a Competition
Through the Hen Hatch process, UD students are able to share their business concepts with accomplished industry professionals, make connections, gather feedback and gain experience.
How it Works
There are 3 rounds – preliminary, semifinal and final – throughout the fall. During the Preliminary Round, judges will score your submitted written concept. The 10 most promising business concepts in each track will advance to the Semifinal Round. In this round, students will present a 7-minute pitch and answer questions from a judge panel composed of entrepreneurs and investors. The 3 most promising business concepts in each track will continue to the Final Round on November 16. At this event, finalists will present a 7-minute pitch and answer questions from entrepreneurs and investors in front of a live audience.
All University of Delaware undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled at least half time are eligible to apply./
The Final Round prize pool includes $50,000 and in-kind gifts ranging from support for conferences and competitions to special mentorship and services.