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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.

Pitches have been pitched and the businesses have been selected. Meet the Summer 2016 Lorentzen Student Hatchery Cohort!

  • AceShakers: Mark Fouad
  • Books & Keap: Mike Coltrain
  • Flipped Art: Alex Peterson & Whitney Leming Salisbury
  • Seec: Hannah Keisker
  • SoccerLab 360: Nicholas Manzoni & Thomas Poll

Stay tuned for summer programming information and updates on the businesses. If you are a Drake University student and would like to participate in some of the Hatchery coaching and mentoring sessions, please email


Summer 2015 Lorentzen Student Hatchery Participants

Five businesses participated in the Summer 2015 Hatchery. 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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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.


Lorentzen Hatchery in the News

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


August 3, 2016
Four young African professionals who studied business and entrepreneurship at Drake University this summer have received federal grants of up to $25,000 to support social enterprises in their home countries.
July 29, 2016