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Inspired by the success of its Horn Program in Entrepreneurship, the University of Delaware will help Delaware State cultivate its business chops.

The University of Delaware launched its hugely successful Horn Program in Entrepreneurship program five years ago next month, and the school received a pretty awesome anniversary present: a $60,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to help spread innovation across Delaware. Specifically, UD will partner with Delaware State University to develop DSU’s entrepreneurship education programs, as well as promote innovation and entrepreneurship at both universities. “The partnership will help DSU get its technology and commercialization procedures and practices in place as well as bring teams from DSU into our I-Corps Sites Program,” said Horn Director of Commercialization Programs Christina Pellicane. The UD/DSU partnership promotes diversity on a couple of fronts: DSU is a Historically Black College (HBCU), and it's in Dover, which is known more for its Air Force base, NASCAR speedway and poultry farms than innovative startups (though that's starting to change). “[The partnership] will help our program attract and retain diverse entrepreneurs,” said Pellicane. “If we create an inclusive environment rather than just a diverse environment, it will hopefully allow for greater entrepreneurial success for all of our innovators in the future. The facts show, diverse startup teams simply do better."

Correction: TEDxPhiladelphia is scheduled for June 11, not July 11. (1/15/15, 10:13 a.m.)

The latest edition of TEDxPhiladelphia is slated for Thursday, June 11. And until Feb. 6, you have a chance to shape the lineup.
Nominate a speaker
The event returned last year after a two-year hiatus. It featured accessibility advocate Austin Seraphin, one-time mayoral candidate Terry Gillen and investor Richard Vague, among others. Here’s our recap of the best speakers from TEDxPhiladelphia 2014.
While last year’s theme was “The New Workshop of the World,” this year’s is “And Justice for All” — the kicker of the Pledge of Allegiance.
“This exploration of access and equity will showcase great ideas for building a more just city,” TEDxPhiladelphia organizers wrote in an email.
If you’re casting around for a good tech-related fit, check out our Access vertical for stories of people working to bridge the digital divide and increase diversity in tech.

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