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UD ranked a top school for budding entrepreneurs

Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine name UD a top school for undergraduate entrepreneurship studies

University of Delaware’s Horn Entrepreneurship program is one of the best in the nation, according to The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. The magazines’ joint ranking placed UD at #38 in its 2020 list of the top 50 undergraduate schools for entrepreneurial studies.

This marks the University’s first appearance on the list. UD’s inclusion celebrates its standing among the top 10% of such programs. Nationwide, more than 500 colleges and universities offer entrepreneurship programs, but few empower budding entrepreneurs the way Horn does. Horn Entrepreneurship began just seven years ago and has grown exponentially every year since, impacting thousands annually.  

Horn combines a personalized approach with lessons learned from successful entrepreneurs and evidence-based best practices. The resulting curricula go far beyond traditional classroom experiences. Blue Hens bent on changing the world learn by doing, building their own businesses from scratch with support from faculty, staff and business leaders. Participating students receive mentoring, professional development, valuable connections and funding opportunities. Last year, startups supported by Horn received more than $7.4 million in funding.  

“Cultivating a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship is an institutional priority at the University of Delaware. It is gratifying to see that Horn Entrepreneurship, one of our signature programs, is receiving this well-deserved recognition by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine,” said UD President Dennis Assanis. “The rapid growth and development of UD’s Horn program . Others are grabbing headlines: Vogue, Elle and WhoWhatWear have featured denim brand while Golf Digest named shirt manufacturer Tillinger one of the “.” Still others are helping to solve society’s problems: WilmInvest is piloting a housing program to fight homelessness and 360VR technology is and save lives.  

But, success in the startup world can be ephemeral, that’s why Horn doesn’t focus exclusively on new venture success. Rather, it emphasizes holistic preparation that includes developing the mindset, skillset and means needed to create value from new ideas and adapt, thrive and lead amidst rapid change.  Many graduates take this entrepreneurial mindset into positions with established companies, social ventures and startups dreamed up by others.  

“Startups provide an extremely powerful vehicle to accelerate learning. This is true for students. It has also been true for the Horn team, as we continuously strive to optimize the positive impact of entrepreneurship education on students, the University and the broader community,” Freeman said.

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