In order to apply directly to the Hatch Cohort, you will need to demonstrate the following criteria: 

  • I have interviewed at least 30 potential customers and conducted initial market research.
  • Attend the Jumpstart Friday session
  • From this research and interviews I have validated the following:

1. My initial target customer identifies with the problem I am solving. 
2. My initial target customers are interested in the solution I am developing to the problem. 
3. My solution has unique value proposition compared to existing alternatives.

If you would like to apply for Hatch in Spring 2018, please fill out this form.


  • Attend 75% of program workshops and complete in-class activities;  some workshops may be taken off from requirements on a case-by-case basis
  • Participate in advising sessions with assigned Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR)
  • Customer discovery and experimentation  
  • Final presentation


  • “The Startup Owner’s Manual” by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf
  • Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works” by Ash Maurya


  • Utilize office space 10-15 hours a month
  • Seek seed funding: E-fund, Pitch Dingman Competition, Cupid's Cup
  • Participate in Terp Marketplace and legal office hours
  • Attend Dingman Center events


  • “Business Model Generation” by Alex Osterwalder
  • “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries
  • “Lean Analytics” by Alistair Croll and Ben Yoskovitz
  • Continual iteration of Lean Canvas
  • Develop and iterate on Problem/Solution
  • Identify key metrics and business model
  • Completion of in-class activities
  • Develop your pitches
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