Hen Hatch is the University of Delaware's premier startup funding competition. It provides students with the opportunity to make connections and collect feedback on their ideas while competing for startup funding awards and in-kind business services totaling over $50,000.
Two Competitive Tracks
Hen Hatch offers two competitive tracks: (1) a pre-revenue track, and (2) a post-revenue* track. Both tracks are open to all UD students. All University of Delaware undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled at least half-time are eligible to apply. Students must be in good standing and enrolled at least half-time to be eligible. Only team members with a UD affiliation will be allowed to present during the semifinal and final rounds of the competition; other team members may participate in Q & A.
*Revenue, for the purpose of this competition, is defined as consideration provided by a customer for value created by the startup as well as an equity investment. Revenue does NOT include grants, donations, prizes, awards, stipends, or sweat equity.
September 16 Applications close
The general application period begins August 15 at 12:00 AM. Complete Submissions by September 16, 2022, at 11:59 PM
Semifinalists are announced September 30th
Three Rounds to Determine Award Winners
- Preliminary round: Participants submit a 3-5 page business concept for evaluation by seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders.
- Semifinal round: Participants who are judged to have submitted one of the 10 most promising business concepts in the pre-revenue track and one of the 10 most promising business concepts in the revenue staff track will present a 7-minute pitch and answer questions from entrepreneurs and investors. Semi-Final rounds will take place on October 7 for the pre-revenue track and October 14 for the post-revenue track.
- Final round: Participants who are judged to have submitted one of the 3 most promising business concepts in each track present a 7-minute pitch and answer questions from entrepreneurs and investors in front of a live audience on December 1, 2022
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