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This Month’s Hatching Names “Mini Maker Space” as Winner

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November 5, 2014

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This Month’s Hatching Names “Mini Maker Space” as Winner

Two new business ideas receive $1,000 each for startup costs

LANSING, MI- The Hatching pitch competition packed the house on Wednesday night at Beggar’s Banquet in East Lansing as it does each month. The winner this month was “Mini Maker Space”, a retail maker space geared towards the region’s youth. The winner, Melissa Rabideau Allen comes from a family of innovators as she is part of the team that brought the Poochie Bowl to market in 2013. Other ideas this month include a bracelet that holds Earth’s elements inside to make the wearer feel closer to the environment, and a grain thresher powered by a stationary bicycle to name a few.

Each month, Beggar’s Banquet in East Lansing provides the atmosphere for entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to judges and a packed audience.  Winners of The Hatching receive $1,000 from a monthly sponsor. This month’s sponsorship came from PNC Bank, as well as legal services provided by Loomis, Ewert, Parsley, Davis & Gotting P.C., a promotional pitch video produced by Michigan Creative, and 6 months free co-working space at the NEO Center. Additionally, Mini Maker Space will compete again against other monthly winners in December for the chance at receiving $10,000 towards their business. Each month, entrepreneurs are invited to submit their business startup idea to the website, Through a popular vote, five ideas move to the final stage and those entrepreneurs are asked to pitch at The Hatching.

“PNC is committed to developing strong communities and creating financial opportunities for individuals, families and businesses,” said PNC Regional President Tim Salisbury.  “That commitment includes supporting projects such as the Hatching, which encourages local entrepreneurs to develop business ideas that will help make the Lansing area a hotbed for startup companies.”

“The variety of new ideas and creative ways local entrepreneurs seek to create jobs and solve everyday challenges is remarkable,” said Paul Jaques, Director of Student and Community Engagement at Spartan Innovations. “Every month, both the presenters and the audience create a stronger community for supporting success and failure, making the Lansing area a great place to launch a startup.”

Additionally, the audience welcomed the ideas that were developed at last month’s Lansing Startup Weekend: Maker Edition, which took place at Lansing Community College West Campus. Five ideas were developed over of the course of the weekend and at the end of the 54 hours, the ideas were pitched to a panel of judges and mentors. At the Hatching event, three of these ideas were pitched once again, this time for a cash prize. Maizena, an advancement on 3D printing technology, walked away with the prize. Maizena has developed a way to use 3D printers to print in corn starch, a biodegradable substance rather than through plastic polymers which take years to biodegrade. 

“This month’s Hatching event was the best we have had thus far. We packed the room with individuals who truly care about seeing these companies succeed. We were also able to connect two different programs together in an experience beneficial to all who attended and participated,” said Tony Willis, Manager of Business Acceleration at LEAP. “We are working hard to develop a strong resource network for our startups and entrepreneurs through the LEAP’s Regional Innovation Network and these events are just the beginning.”

The Hatching is open to public and takes place each month. The next Hatching event will take place on, November 19th. To find the location of November’s event or to submit an idea, visit


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