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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
    COA professor takes Fulbright journey

    A Fulbright Specialist Award leads to a month-long teaching adventure in Colombia for College of the Atlantic business professor Jay Friedlander.

  • NEWS
    COA student is an Arctic Explorer winner
    Olivia Paruk ’24 is part of the winning team of the Arctic Opportunity Explorers program, an international collaboration to empower young people to become changemakers in the Arctic through sustainable entrepreneurship. The program is a collaboration between Copenhagen-based climate group Sustainia, five Scandinavian universities, and College of the Atlantic.
  • 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!