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The Hatching

You bring the idea. We help with the rest.

The Hatching is a business pitch competition open to entrepreneurs in Clinton, Eaton, Ingham and Shiawassee counties, aiming to create an inspiring entrepreneurship environment for a more innovative region.

Participants have the opportunity to win a first-place prize of $2,000 or runner-up prize of $1,000 and are connected to a network of local resource providers and individuals dedicated to helping aspiring entrepreneurs succeed.

LEAP invites all startups working on a product or service with a potential for positive local or global impact on physical, economic and social challenges to apply.

Here’s how to #HatchYourHustle

Step One: Submit your idea by the date indicated using the “Enter Now” button on the left. Up to 7 entrepreneurs will be selected to move on to step two.

Step Two: Pitch your idea at the Hatching event! You will have five minutes to pitch your idea live in front of an in-person audience and virtual audience via Facebook livestream. Make sure to invite your friends and family to cheer you on!

Step Three: Win! All Hatching winners receive a cash prize and additional business support to get their new venture up and going. Those who aren’t selected by judges as winners will stay connected to a network of local resource providers and individuals dedicated to helping aspiring entrepreneurs succeed.

You are eligible if you…

  • Are a resident of Clinton, Eaton, Ingham or Shiawassee County, Michigan,
  • Have not legally established a business OR have legally established a business three years or fewer before the event date and have two or fewer employees,
  • Are over 18 OR are under 18 and will be accompanied to the event by a parent or legal guardian.

Next Event

May 5, 2022 at 6 p.m.

Allen Neighborhood Center
1611 E Kalamazoo St, Lansing, MI 48912

Sponsors

Venture

Michigan Economic Development Corporation logo to highlight venture level sponsorship of LEAP's 2022 Hatching event series.

Angel

Lake Trust Credit Union logo to highlight angel level sponsorship of LEAP's 2022 Hatching event series.

Seed

CASE Credit Union logo to highlight seed level sponsorship of LEAP's 2022 Hatching event series.

AF Group Company logo to highlight seed level sponsorship of LEAP's 2022 Hatching event series.

Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Michigan State University logo to highlight seed level sponsorship of LEAP's 2022 Hatching event series.

Become a Hatching Sponsor