Program Details

Dates

May 24th, 2021 - July 2, 2021

Day off: Memorial Day, May 31, 2021

Location

Virtual or In-Person - to be decided later in the Spring semester.

Application Deadline & Process 

Applications for the Hatchery will be rolling beginning December 3, 2020 and end on March 15, 2021. Interviews will be scheduled for all applicants, beginning on January 18th. Decisions will be rolling, as interviews are completed. More information about timing for decisions will be provided to applicants. 

 

Application:

  • 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. 

 

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,

(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:

(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. 

 

For Lehigh students: The only financial charge will be a $400 commitment fine if an accepted Hatchery student commits to the program and then reneges on that commitment. Accepted students will be asked to sign a commitment agreement. If a student leaves the program after signing that agreement, they will be fined $400. 

For non-Lehigh students: There is a $2,000 program fee. A $400 non-refundable deposit will be due on April 23, 2021 and the balance of $1600 will be due on May 7, 2021. 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-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 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!

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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