Celebrating our Fifth Year

Download Summer Founders Demo Day 2020 Program

At anytime you may fill in the form to the right and request a team to contact you.




Summer Founders is University of Delaware’s 12-week pre-accelerator for student startups. Student founders work full-time on their startups and receive mentorship, education and resources to develop and advance their concepts.


Since the inception of Summer Founders in 2016, 20 of 31 UD startups launched and raised more than 3.1 million in follow-on funding. Ventures such as 360VR Technology and AndAgain worked side by side with social ventures like Wilminvest and Lazarus Rising. While not every Summer Founder launches a company, each benefits. Some find a career aligned with their unique interests and passions. Cassidy Nalbone through her startup in the concert venue market created a job with the band Metallica. Matt Phifer’s startup in the physical therapy space led to a position at a multi-location therapy firm and launching a new line of business for the company. John Lowman through his startup in the pharma space is now employed by a venture-backed biotech company. Whether the outcome is a career or startup, most participants point to Summer Founders as a life-changing experience and one of their most influential college experiences.


Horn Entrepreneurship serves as the creative engine for entrepreneurship education and advancement at the University of Delaware. Currently ranked among the best entrepreneurship programs in the US, Horn Entrepreneurship was built and is actively supported by successful entrepreneurs, empowering aspiring innovators as they pursue new ideas for a better world.



AUGUST 25, 2020

1:00 p.m. Welcome

1:10 – 3:45 p.m. Presentations*

3:45 – 3:55 p.m. Award Ceremony

3:55 – 4:05 p.m. Networking

4:05 p.m. Closing Remarks

*Guests are invited to participate in an Audience Choice Poll at the conclusion of the presentations. A link will be provided in the zoom chat.



Office Hours Information:

Each Team is available for Office Hours following the virtual event from event end to 5:00 p.m. today (Aug. 25) and tomorrow (Aug. 26) from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Zoom IDs are listed in the program , chat saved after the event or listed below.

To contact them use their individual meeting link, simply open your zoom account and place their zoom meeting link in the web browser bar.  They may have waiting room enabled if they are already speaking with someone, however they will be aware your are waiting.



Alternatively, you can fill in the form at the top of this page, and the team will contact you for a different, more suitable time.

Download Summer Founders Demo Day 2020 Program


Matthew Saponaro: mattsap@aiwhoo.com
Zoom Info: 592 382 9304

A.I. Whoo LLC empowers professionals with the ability to ethically capture data, extract meaningful insights, and inform actions to improve and promote engagement outcomes.

710 903 9387 (password: 1R76HF)
Alchemize Fightwear is a women’s Mixed Martial Arts gear and apparel company. A portion of all our proceeds are donated to trauma recovery and women’s self defense initiatives.
Suryanuj Gupta & Shahroze Ali: backyardgig@aol.com
Zoom Info: 790 054 4630
Backyard Gig is a two-sided marketplace where residents or small businesses can post a need for various outdoor help gigs.
John-Carlos Saponara: jsapo@udel.edu
Zoom Info : 892 859 0488
Blue Tusk aims to provide proactive data analytics to the manufacturing business. Finding and diagnosing productivity bottlenecks before they cause slowdowns or breakage of factory equipment.
Denney’s Delights
Anthony Denney: anthdenn@udel.edu
Zoom Info: 530 588 1910
Denney’s Delights creates candy that is inclusive of the vegan diet. They include sustainable packaging and believe candy should be for everyone while still supporting our planet.
Tom Rodgers: tmrodger@udel.edu
Zoom Info: 664 025 8885
Diginuiti offers innovative marketing services done by students, with the guidance of marketing professionals, to businesses struggling to reach and connect with their GenZ audience.
April Singleton: apsing@udel.edu
Isabelle Hughes: ihughes@udel.edu
Alvaro Buenano: Nightend@udel.edu
Zoom Info: 983 699 0194
EQuip is a revenue generating non-profit that aims to uplift high school social advocates through programming, mentorship and community networks. A fee-based, year-long experience will self driven social change, entrepreneurial mindset, and instill emotional intelligence.
Lily Wolfe: lilyw@udel.edu
Isadora Weinfeld: isadora@udel.edu
Zoom Info: 299 577 1666
Empowering a community for female founders of consumer packaged food and beverage products. Usually underrepresented, we provide a space to connect, provide resources to be successful in the consumer packaged goods space.
Brianna Bannach: bbannach@udel.edu
Zoom Info: 289 549 4171
Flourina has designed a bra that allows women to adjust the band of a sports-bra style to their unique size. We aim to enable women to feel comfortable in their own skin.
Green Room Surf
Keil McMenaman: kielmcm@udel.edu
Tate Nelson: taten@udel.edu
Zoom Info: 672 232 0381
Green Room Surf aims towards reducing environmental impact of production and material choice of surfboards that is sustainable for environmental concerns.
Kim Shitong Jiang: Jiangkimjiang@udel.edu
Zoom Info: 463 286 5817
iCommunicate eases the challenge of communicating with people from different countries and cultures by providing information on speaking habits.
Lauren Burkett: laurenbu@udel.edu
Susan Varghese: susanvar@udel.edu
Zoom Info: 641 210 2919
Imperium provides heart patients and their caregivers suggestions and guidance for heart health after a new diagnosis.
The Mental Health Gym
Michael Shumate: mikets@udel.edu
Zoom Info: 377 094 6554
Keyhole Studios created a “Mental Health Gym” a game-like platform where families and communities can learn about mental health, and social challenges surrounding it.
Mason Faust:  mkfaust@udel.edu
Markos Zerefos:  mdz@udel.edu
Henry du Pont:  hdupont@udel.edu
Zoom Info: 473 867 3650
Nuvensus is creating a new, more precise way to invest in real estate by using aproprietary data interpretation that outperforms commercial real estate investment benchmarks by using various data providers and applying advanced modeling architectures.
Blake Armentano: armen@udel.edu
Zoom Info: 323 548 2363
Oh-So Cycle is an indoor cycling studio located in Newark, DE. Oh-So Cycle offers at-home bike rentals with access to Oh-So Cycle’s virtual classes. Next step is to expand the studio to a full fitness and wellness center both traditionally and virtually.
Richard Hayburn: rhayburn@udel.edu
Zoom Info: 980 228 31669
PrintAble aims to work in the area of assistive technology for completing everyday tasks for people with disabilities or for use in physical therapy after injury.
Dan Goodman:  dgoodman@udel.edu
Alexander Pickett:  aepick@udel.edu
Zoom Info: 299 162 3138
Ultimate Tournament is an ESports betting platform for betting on a wider variety of games, tournaments, and Live streamers.
UP Cycle
Sierra RyanWallick: sryanwal@udel.edu
Zoom Info: 415 265 3330
UP Cycle provides a zero-waste circular process to support a consumer sustainable mindset We prevent clothes and other fabric from ending up in landfills and employ our local community to create our products.