The Hatchery is an immersive summer learning experience where participants apply design thinking and lean startup methods to develop solutions and test potential business ideas.  We want students who are passionate about learning the foundational skills of  entrepreneurship while working on problems that matter. Students in the Hatchery interact with each other, staff, faculty, and entrepreneurial experts and mentors to bring their own startup ideas to life. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Baker Institute is making plans for both in -person and virtual Hatchery options. A virtual Hatchery will include real-time interactions with Hatchery peers and experts, challenges and virtual pitches. We'll have peer feedback groups and online mentoring. Our virtual 2020 Hatchery experience was a great success, so we are confident we can provide an impactful program whether in-person or remotely. 

Monday- Friday

Start: May 24,  2021

End: July 2, 2021

Explore startup opportunities using:


Design Thinking

Lean Startup Method

Business Model Canvas

​Receive support through:


Guest Experts

Coaching & Mentoring

Each day, work with a community of students,​ faculty & staff who want to change the world and believe they can.

You’ll develop your own ideas, while constantly collaborating with cohort members.

Don’t forget the fun stuff!

Hatchery community events will bring the whole group together!



We want students in the Hatchery who are at every point in their entrepreneurial journey. We have three tracks geared towards meeting students were they are and providing the appropriate support. 

CreativitY Track

If you are passionate, hard working, and self motivated, this is the track for you. We will take you through the creative process from problem identification, creativity for innovation, and design thinking. You do not need to have your own idea for the Creativity Track. 

Innovation Track

For students who have identified and validated a real world challenge and are in the early stages of designing solutions. We will take you through the next steps toward validating your solutions, creating solid customer validation, and taking your project/idea to the next level.


For students who have a validated problem/need identified, basic customer feedback, a solution prototyped, and an understanding of their business model. We will provide students the dedicated time and network needed to continue the development of your project into a more advanced entrepreneurial venture. 


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Previous Years

Check out what students have to say about their Hatchery experience on the Baker Blog:


Hatchery Media

Students Display Entrepreneurial Ideas at Lehigh University’s Hatchery Program

The Lehigh Valley Insider - August 6, 2019

Students nest, hatch ideas at Lehigh U's 'Hatchery' program
PBS39 - August 6, 2019


The Hatchery summer program to explore applications of entrepreneurship

The Brown & White - April 10, 2018


Students gain entrepreneurship skills at the Hatchery

The Brown & White - September 10, 2018

Mentor Meet Up (video)

Baker Institute - July 12, 2018


Lehigh U. students cook up 'hackathon' to address food waste

lehighvalleylive.com - July 20, 2018

Food Waste Hackathon at Factory (video featuring Hatchery hackathon)

thePeakTV - August 3, 2018

Scenes from South Mountain: Demo Day

Lehigh University - August 10, 2018

Students 'Hatch,' Test 21 Potential Business Ideas

Lehigh University - August 13, 2018

Innovative ideas take flight at the Hatchery, EdTech nest reconstructs tutoring model

Lehigh Library & Technology Services - September 10, 2018 

Food Waste in the Valley (documentary special featuring Hatchery hackathon)

PBS39 - September 18, 2018 

Hatchery 2019 pictures     |     EUREKA! Pitch pictures                   |     Demo Day 08/01/19 pictures

Hatchery 2018 pictures     |     Hackathon 07/27-07/28 pictures     |     Demo Day 08/09/18 pictures


If you have any questions about the Hatchery we are here to help! 

Send us an email at bakerinfo@lehigh.edu