Delaware Startup Launchpad

About the Program

The Delaware Founders Initiative’s Delaware Startup Launchpad program, which is co-produced by Horn Entrepreneurship at the University of Delaware and the Delaware Small Business Development Center, is a mini-accelerator which provides training and mentorship to support team-based customer discovery research aimed at investigating the commercial viability and societal impact of novel products, processes, or services.

Who Should Apply

All teams consisting of at least two team members who are interested in exploring the commercial potential of their technology or idea or who want to innovate within their established company. Teams may include additional members, including an external mentor, as desired. Teams applying without an external mentor may be assigned to a mentor for the duration of the training program.


  • TRAINING: Four sessions introducing the lean startup methodology and guiding teams through customer discovery research – customer, problem, solution and value proposition testing.
  • MENTORSHIP: Hands-on mentorship from experienced business owners and entrepreneurs in the Delaware area.
  • RESOURCES: Access to Horn Entrepreneurship’s Startup Village, which is a group of service providers in categories such as Human Resources/Payroll, Accounting/Finance, Legal, Fundraising, Marketing/Advertising, and Prototyping/Manufacturing that provide free 30-minute one-on-one advising sessions to entrepreneurs. Teams will also be invited on tours to local innovation spaces.
  • FOLLOW-ON OPPORTUNITIES: Upon completion, teams will have access to advanced startup educational workshops and additional mentorship.

Application & Award Process

Apply online:

Applications due: March 1st by 5:00pm

All applications received by the deadline will be reviewed by the DFI Review Committee and evaluated based on project potential and team commitment. Decisions will be announced by March 6th. Accepted teams must then participate in the training program beginning on March 25th.

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Curriculum Found Here

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