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Lorentzen Student Hatchery

Start a business. Get paid.

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 can earn up to $8,500. The application period for the summer 2019 cohort is now open. Applications are due at noon on Monday, January 28, 2019. Pitches will be scheduled early in the Spring 2019 semester. Students applying to the Hatchery are encouraged to take Entrepreneurship 101, attend DreamBuilder workshops, OR display equivalent knowledge.

Even if you are not chosen to receive a summer grant, Drake University students are welcome to participate in Hatchery coaching and mentoring sessions. Please email for more information.


Meet the Summer 2018 Lorentzen Student Hatchery Cohort

If you want to learn more about our students' experience in the Hatchery, be sure to stop by the presentations on Friday, November 2, in Levitt Hall.

Summer 2017 Lorentzen Student Hatchery Cohort

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.