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Develop an enterprise as part of your education

COA’s venture incubator, aka the Hatchery, provides eligible students academic credit, professional services and access to seed funding to develop their for- or non-profit business. The Hatchery allows students to walk the entrepreneurial high wire with a safety net and support.

Offering academic credit aligns the entrepreneurial and educational interests of students, allowing them to start enterprises because of their education. This program is unique among liberal arts colleges.

Students selected for the Hatchery receive
  • A ten-week rapid prototype intensive
  • Office space & equipment
  • Business mentors from the MDI and COA communities
  • Personal support services to launch their enterprise
  • The potential of up to $5,000 in seed funding

Our approach

 What makes us different from other incubators and accelerators
  • Hatchery students pursue an enterprise for academic credit
  • Students participate in an interdisciplinary class setting with students from across the campus and around the world
  • Innovation happens at the crossroads with a mix of for- and non-profit ventures across industries and scales

Hatchery news:

  • NEWS
    Move Free moves forward!
    Two College of the Atlantic students are a step closer to winning $10,000 after successfully pitching Move Free, their sustainable, social apparel business, on the first round of Greenlight Maine Collegiate Edition, airing on Maine Public. Watch the episode here!
  • NEWS
    Move Free team aims for the green light
    Two College of the Atlantic students will pitch a sustainable athletic wear business and compete for a $10,000 prize on the televised Greenlight Maine Collegiate Business Pitch Competition.
  • NEWS
    Student Business Blends Environmentalism and Outdoor Recreation
    A new venture developed within College of the Atlantic’s sustainable business hatchery seeks to merge environmental responsibility with convenience and a love of nature. Beehive Mountain Equipment is starting off with manufacturing eco-friendly, water-resistant, reusable bags, but the sky is the limit for future projects, say the eager trio behind the business.