Program Details

Dates

May 19th, 2020 - July 3, 2020

Day off: Memorial Day, May 25, 2020

Location

Wilbur Powerhouse

Application Deadline & Process 

There are two application deadlines: December 2, 2019 and March 16, 2020. All applications submitted by December 2, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST will be considered for the December 2019 interviews/acceptance cycle. All those received after December 3, 2019 at 12:00 AM EST will be considered for the March 2020 interviews/acceptance cycle. Space in the Hatchery is limited, so early applications are encouraged. 

- Written Application:  The brief open ended questions in the application will be the primary components used to determine if you advance to the interview round.

- 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. All offers will be made by April 1, 2020. 

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 allowed. 

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 may be considered,

(2) must be in good academic standing,

(3) may not be on disciplinary probation at the time of application,

(4) must have their Bursar 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) may not be planning to take courses that overlap with the program dates.

For non-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 may be considered,

(2) must be in good academic standing,

(3) may not be on disciplinary probation at the time of application,

(4) must have their home institution 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) may not be planning to take courses that overlap with the program dates.

Associated Costs 

The Hatchery 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. There is a $400 refundable deposit that allows us to ensure the students who have committed to the program will remain so and make our cohort the strongest it can be.

 

For Lehigh students: The only financial commitment is a $400 refundable commitment deposit.

The deposit for students accepted in December is due on March 1, 2020.

For students accepted in April, the deposit is due April 22, 2020.

Students who are accepted in, commit, and complete the program will also have their deposit refunded after July 3, 2020. Students who are accepted, commit, submit the deposit and renege on that commitment will not receive their deposit back. More information regarding how the deposit will be collected will be sent to those who have been accepted. 

For non-Lehigh students: In addition to the $400 refundable commitment deposit, there is a $2,000 program fee. More information regarding when and how the deposit and fee will be collected will be sent to those who have been accepted. 

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-students

 

Intellectual Property

This document defines the intellectual property relationship, conditions and terms of based on your participation in the Hatchery. 

Student Acknowledgement Agreement and Release

This document defines the conditions and terms of your participation in the Hatchery. 

 
 
 

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 Creativity 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?

Yup! 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 Erik Hummel 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. 

Why is there a refundable deposit?

The Hatchery 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. The deposit allows us to ensure the students who have committed to the program will remain so and make our cohort the strongest it can be.

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!

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?

Think you have what it takes to make a great egg for the Hatchery?

 

The Hatchery is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

 Applications are now live for Summer 2020.

QUESTIONS? 

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

Send us an email at bakerinfo@lehigh.edu

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