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Lorentzen Student Hatchery

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The Lorentzen Student Hatchery is a unique program aimed at fostering student startups. Entrepreneurship Centers staff provide guidance and support, access to mentors and experts, and more to Drake University students accepted to the Hatchery. Students of any major, undergraduate and graduate, are welcome to apply to the Hatchery for the opportunity to get paid while working on their own startup.  Teams (two or more people) can earn up to $10,000.


Summer 2015 Lorentzen Student Hatchery Participants

The Entrepreneurship Centers would like to thank everyone who submitted applications and presented for the summer 2015 session. Out of the thirteen applicants, five businesses were chosen to participate. They are:

We look forward to working with our Lorentzen Hatchery students and the others who applied to the program in developing their businesses.



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If you are interested in getting paid to start a business over the summer, applications for the next round of Hatchery participants will be available in October 2015. 2015 Lorentzen Hatchery cohort presentations are scheduled for Friday, October 2, 2015.

To get updates on the next round, please enter your contact information here.


About the Hatchery

John Lorentzen (Drake B.A. and B.S.B.A in Political Science, Economics, and Management, 1977) founded the Hatchery with the intent to help Drake University students get a head start on creating their own business through a generous donation to the program.


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If you have any questions, please contact the Entrepreneurship Center in Aliber Hall or email us.


July 17, 2015
Sammons Enterprises, Inc., parent company of Des Moines-based Sammons Financial Group, has donated $1 million to Drake University for the Sammons Endowed Professorship in Actuarial Science, a program that supports a new or existing professor of actuarial science and will be used to retain or attract outstanding faculty members.