“An entrepreneur does not seek to solve the problem right. An entrepreneur seeks to solve the right problem; a problem that leads to a method to make money. An entrepreneur’s job is not to build a product. An entrepreneur’s job is to build a method to make money. Too often folks miss these insights. If we grasped these insights, less time and money would be wasted. If we grasped these insights more value and good would be created.” – Vince DiFelice
Thanks to Vince DiFelice, faculty director of Venture Support, the finalists for Hen Hatch 2021, have pitched at the finals - and it was a success! The finalists this year have been from a wide range of industries, colleges, and interests. They came to display their startups at the final round of the competition on Decemebr 2, 2021
This final round featured a $50,000 prize pool, including in-kind gifts which ranged from resources, venture support to special mentorship and services. Horn Entrepreneurship is also continuing to support all teams in their startup growth. We are so proud of our finalists!
This year, we had well-renowned judges who spent extensive time reviewing and deciding on the top startups. A special thank you to our Hen Hatch 2021 judges:
Vijaya Rao - Founder & CEO of Techvio
Ryan Caplan - Co-Founder of Trovir
Lou Honick - CEO of Host Merchant Services
Mark Crawford - Managing Director of Stanley Ventures
Donna Fontana - (Retired) Senior Vice President, Broker Dealer Clearing and Bank Sales Fidelity Investments
Hen Hatch is honored to host amazing judges and we are grateful for their efforts. Additionally, we would like to thank our sponsors who make it possible for this competition to take place:
Finally, the moment you’ve all been waiting for.. OUR WINNERS! This year, we hosted three teams from each of the Pre- and Post-Revenue tracks to compete in the finals. The Hen Hatch 2021 Winners:
Share Wallet has received a $4,800 cash prize and in-kind gifts such as Devlin Law Firm providing legal services and filing fee for one trademark or patent application. In addition, Belfint Lyons Shuman (BLS) will also provide 10 hours of accounting services! Share Wallet will also receive $2500 to support participation in third party entrepreneurship competitions.
Supremely Sweet received a $2,300 cash prize and $2500 to support participation in third party entrepreneurship competitions.
Navigating Access received a $2,900 cash prize and $2500 to support participation in third party entrepreneurship competitions. In addition, Navigating Access received the Audience Choice Award for Most Motivated startup. With this award, Navigating Access now has $1000 to spend on expenses associated with the search for a business model as a member of VentureOn.
Pick-Up Sports received a $3,250 cash prize and $2500 to support participation in third party entrepreneurship competitions.
Up Cycle Design
Up Cycle Design received a $7,250 cash prize and 20 hours of business advisory services from Placers. Up Cycle Design also received $2500 to support participation in third party entrepreneurship competitions.
Stemmer received a $4,500 cash prize and 10 hrs of accounting service from BLS. Stemmer won the Audience Choice Award for Most Promising startup. This award comes with $1000 to spend on expenses associated with the search for a business model as a member of VentureOn. Lastly, Stemmer was awarded $2500 to support participation in third party entrepreneurship competitions.
Horn Entrepreneurship is extremely proud of all our finalists and this amazing program. We look forward to seeing all the success to come in the future!
About Horn Entrepreneurship
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.