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As a top tier Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Delaware State University (DSU) serves a diverse student population that spans six colleges, 54 undergraduate degree programs, 25 Masters degree programs and five doctoral degree programs. With strong research and business curriculum, DSU is using its intellectual resources to promote the economic well-being of the state of Delaware.
Founded in 2011, DSU’s University Center for Economic Development and Trade (UCEDT) was created with the goal of promoting and supporting entrepreneurship and workforce development. As an EDA University Center, building relationships and connections between the university and the economic development community is a key priority. In this role, UCEDT provides technical assistance to local governments, such as feasibility and impact studies, as well as strategic support and guidance on international trade initiatives for Delaware companies.
In 2014, the Center worked to establish First State Moves the Nation, a jobs and business accelerator in Milford. In collaboration with First State Manufacturing and the City of Milford, UCEDT assists businesses participating in the accelerator program with technical assistance and legal services, as well as provides virtual accelerator services.