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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. The application period for the summer 2017 cohort has closed. Teams chosen to participate in the summer 2017 cohort are listed below. Applications for the 2018 cohort will be available in August 2017.

If you are a Drake University student and would like to participate in Hatchery coaching and mentoring sessions, please email


Meet the Summer 2017 Lorentzen Student Hatchery Cohort

  • Atomic Fizz: Sam Heacock
  • Enigma Shipping: Kaleigh DeBont & Seth Hartman
  • Sleister Brass: Colton Sleister
  • Yoke: Chintan Barot

Summer 2016 Lorentzen Student Hatchery Cohort

Summer 2015 Lorentzen Student Hatchery Participants

  • Glimpse: Ethan Turner & Johnathan Osifuye-White
  • Kelsi Ziemann Artistry: Kelsi Ziemann
  • Settled In: Alexi de Lathouder & Brayton Deprey
  • Snippster: Kai Asberry
  • Dates for Two: Garrett Carty, Chris Fairbank, Sam Lowry  & Braeden Stanley
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Lorentzen Hatchery in the News


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.


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


August 3, 2017
This alumnus redefined accounting and used his Drake education to launch a wildly successful and varied career.