Program Details

Dates

May 25th, 2022 - Hatchery Kick-Off Day; Cohort Receives Prep-Work for Following Week

May 31, 2022 - June 30, 2022: Hatchery Program Dates (M-F 9AM-5PM)

Location

The Baker Institute is currently planning an in-person Hatchery 2022 experience that will be hosted on the Lehigh University campus. 

Application Deadline & Process 

1st Round Early Decision: The Hatchery 2022 application will offer an early decision deadline of Friday, December 3, 2021 at noon. Students who are accepted in the early decision round of applications will be notified on Friday, December 10, 2021. Students who applied for early decision but are not accepted will be automatically considered in the second round of the application process. 

 

Second Round: After the early decision deadline, the Hatchery 2022 application will be open for a second round of applicants until the cohort is complete. Application available here.

 

Application:

  • Written Application: Your essay or video response to the prompt in the written application will be the primary component used in determining your place in the program. Take the time to write or record something that shows us who you are! 

  • Interview: Following the written application review you may be asked to participate in an interview.

  • Note: The reviewing group may request additional information about the applicant before making final decisions.

  • Students will have one week from receiving an offer of acceptance to commit or decline. 

 

Time Commitment

This is a Monday through Friday program. From years of testing we have learned that the immersive, intensive, and dedicated nature of the program is critical to its success. We do not allow additional courses to be taken or any job that would interfere with the program commitment. Courses and jobs that are completed outside of the 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM time commitment are permitted. 

Hatchery Eligibility

For Lehigh University students: 

(1) Must be full time students or on a case-by-case basis, those students graduating in May before the program starts,

(2) must be in good academic standing, 

(3) may not be on disciplinary probation during the time of program, 

(4) must have their Bursar/financial accounts paid in full, 

(5) if applying with an idea/project/venture that is already operating as a business (i.e. a formed legal entity, selling products or services,  raising funds, etc.) applicant must disclose status and details of said business including, but not limited to, type of entity, EIN, owners/partners/investors., and 

(6) if planning to enroll in a course or take a job, it may not conflict with full time program dates and times. 

For non-Lehigh University students:

If you are a non-Lehigh student interested in applying to the Hatchery, please email us at bakerinfo@lehigh.edu to inquire about the application process and program fees.

FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS 

The Hatchery has no program fee for Lehigh University students. The Baker Institute is committed to a diversity of thought and opinions, and by having no program fee for Lehigh students, this opportunity is available, regardless of financial ability, to all students who qualify. 

Not only will there be no cost to you for this full time six- week program but for those with demonstrated need there are cost of living grants available as well.   

 

Once we understand your needs we will provide direct financial support as well as assistance in identifying other financial support opportunities. There will be questions directly in the Hatchery application where you can note that you are in need of financial support for cost of living. 

 

Please keep in mind:

  - You will not be aske to commit to the program until your finances have been finalized

  - Applications will be reviewed needs blind meaning requests for cost of living grants or other financial support will not affect our decision about you as a candidate for the program

   - The program occurs between 9am-5pm Monday - Friday allowing participants to hold a job during non program hours

Housing

The Hatchery does not provide or coordinate summer housing. You may find on-campus summer housing or off-campus housing.

 

ACADEMIC Credit

There is no credit associated with the Hatchery. 

Summer Sessions Office Information:

https://summer.lehigh.edu/visiting-college-students

 
 
 

FAQs

What is an idea accelerator?

Simply put, the Hatchery allows students to accelerate solutions for identified problems at a rate faster than they could do on their own. The Hatchery gives you the time and place to see if your ideas can change the world. 

Do I need to have an idea for a startup to apply?

Nope! We will provide you the tools and knowledge to think more like an entrepreneur and from there you'll come up with an idea to work on this summer.

But what if I have an idea?

Great! The best Nest to consider would be Venture Nest: LaunchBayC, as it is not topically based and will contain many different types of projects. 

Can I join as part of a team?

Yes, team applicants are welcome. We ask that each team member individually apply and indicate in their application that they are part of a team. 

Can any student be a part of the Hatchery?

Yup! As long as you meet these requirements, we accept undergrads and graduate students, from all colleges and majors. 

What is an idea accelerator?

Simply put, the Hatchery allows students to accelerate solutions for identified problems at a rate faster than they could do on their own. The Hatchery gives you the time and place to see if your ideas can change the world. 

Do I need to have an idea for a startup to apply?

Nope! The Hatch Ideas Track is perfect for you. We will provide you the tools and knowledge to think more like an entrepreneur and from there you'll come up with an idea to work on this summer.

But what if I have an idea?

Great! You will still benefit from the hands-on learning that results during the Hatchery.  

Can I join as part of a team?

Yes, team applicants are welcome. We ask that each team member individually apply and indicate in their application that they are part of a team. 

Can any student be a part of the Hatchery?

Yep! As long as you meet these requirements, we accept undergrads and graduate students, from all colleges and majors. 

What if I miss the application deadline?

Please contact bakerinfo@lehigh.edu if you are interested in applying to the Hatchery.

Why is it no longer for credit?

We want students to focus 100% on their ideas, without worrying about the accompanying grade. If you are interested in summer courses, you are able to register for courses during the second summer session. 

Why is it no longer the full summer?

We've shortened the program to keep the energy high, the project goals clear, and allow for students to continue to work on their project independently during the second half of the summer or pursue courses or short term internships to gain additional experience. 

Will it be in-person or virtual?

Currently, the Baker Institute team is planning a fully in-person Hatchery 2022 experience. Should current circumstances change as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will make virtual accommodations as needed and notify applicants/ participants of any changes. 

Will the Tracks

 interact with each other?

Each Track makes up the overarching Hatchery and all students are part of the Hatchery community. There will be common programs and opportunties throughout the summer for Hatchery students to interact with  and learn from one another and have fun!

QUESTIONS? 

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

Send us an email at bakerinfo@lehigh.edu