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The Hatchery is the all-inclusive resort of the student startup industry. That means your six-week ticket for the summer of 2022 includes exclusive access to the best of the best in Baker Institute resources and expert mentors - all the essentials, all in one place, all of it at your fingertips everyday while you take your ideas to the next level!

We know students are at different stages of the idea to launch continuum. Some have venture projects generating income. Some have an idea with an early prototype. Some have identified a problem they want to solve. And some want to make a difference in the world, but don't have an idea yet - and that's OK too! Whether you are cracking open ideas, hatching enterprises, or something in between, the Hatchery is your all-inclusive ticket to student entrepreneurship at Lehigh powered by the Baker Institute.


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)


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 asked 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


Applications are now open at:


For more information please contact Renée Baran at

Program Link:


The Baker Institute curates a special Hatchery experience for you based on where you are in your entrepreneurial journey...from "I've been thinking about it, but I don't know how to come up with an idea" to "I have the idea, the prototype, and the audience...what's next?!"

When you apply to join the Hatchery, we'll help you find your place. Whether you walk in with an idea or not - you will complete The Hatchery with the skills and experience to make a difference in the world.