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U Delaware gets donation from ViaOne Services for program combining accelerator with summer job

By David Schwartz
Published: July 7th, 2020

Business support firm ViaOne Services announced a charitable donation to support the University of Delaware Horn Entrepreneurship Summer Founders Program. The company will also provide mentorship to participating student groups throughout the program.

The Summer Founders Program combines a startup accelerator with summer jobs that allow students to work full time over the course of the summer on their business or social venture without the demands of the academic year.

“We knew the Summer Founders Program was a good fit for us to contribute to because ViaOne’s leadership team takes the success of its internal mentoring program for our staff very seriously,” said company CEO David B. Dorwart.”We believe the value the Summer Founders Program brings to the ambitious minds in this region is truly important and benefits everyone.”

The program takes place over approximately 12 weeks from June to August. Each team of students receives up to a $10,000 grant and a stipend while working to develop their ventures. The also receive mentoring, educational sessions, and progress meetings with program advisors. The program is designed to provide more individualized mentorship for students to focus on unique and specific goals surrounding their start-up or social venture. It concludes with a Demo Day, which is a presentation to mentors, advisors, and stakeholders.

One of the key benefits the program brings to students is the access to mentors that can help them build a path toward accomplishing their goals. “I am honored to participate in the program mentoring and I am really looking forward to working with the students and sharing my experience, skills, and insight with them,” said Mr. Dorwart. He added, “I am interested in hearing their ideas and I am excited to meet the next generation of young leaders who will bring new innovations and a fresh perspective to our area.”

Source: Cision

Posted under: University-Industry Engagement Week

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