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The Hatchery

The Hatchery


COA's venture incubator, aka The Hatchery, provides eligible students space and time to develop their for- or non-profit, as well as the potential of seed funding. Students selected for the Hatchery receive:

  • a 10 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

No other liberal arts undergraduate business program offers this resource; we regard it as key to fostering the transition from graduating student to functional entrepreneur.

The Sustainable Business program is overseen by Jay Friedlander, the Sharpe-McNally Chair of Green and Socially Responsible Business. It was founded with the generous support of Henry and Peggy Sharpe and Jay McNally '84.

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interested students have...

  • Received a Watson fellowship to spend a year studying sustainable business in India and China
  • Designed an emergency response system based on Google Maps for Cupertino, CA
  • Developed an energy efficiency consulting service
  • Designed a Community
    Supported Agriculture business with a non-profit component donating to food pantries
  • Launched ventures in areas including: technology, natural and organic foods, ecotourism, the arts, as well as non-profits

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