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The Hatching will Celebrate its First Anniversary Wednesday

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June 24, 2014

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The Hatching will Celebrate its First Anniversary Wednesday

Local Pitch Competition invites entrepreneurs into the startup ecosystem

LANSING, MI- Tomorrow, the monthly pitch competition, The Hatching, will celebrate its first anniversary at Beggars Banquet in East Lansing. The competition was created by LEAP, Spartan Innovations and NEO Center as a monthly networking event and contest for budding entrepreneurs to experience pitching and development of their ideas into working, local businesses.

Since The Hatching’s inception in June 2013, there have been 95 new ideas submitted to website as well as 4,000 votes cast for these ideas. Thus far, 12 companies have been created generating 18 new jobs overall.

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 event. Each innovator has the opportunity to pitch their idea for five minutes in front of a panel of judges and their peers. The winning idea will receive $1,000 to be used for startup costs as well as legal services provided by Loomis, Ewert, Parsley, Davis & Gotting P.C. To receive funding, startup companies must create an LLC and be ready to start their businesses in the Lansing area. Each of the monthly winners will earn the opportunity to pitch again at The Hatching finale event held in December, for the chance to win $10,000 to cover business expenses.

“The Hatching connects people from all walks of life, including entrepreneurs, innovators, millionaires, students, inventors, faculty, and community leaders,” said Bob Trezise, President and CEO of LEAP. “Each event has its own class of entrepreneurs that will graduate into the entrepreneurial ecosystem LEAP and our partners are building and then will have access to every service and resource a new startup could imagine.”

The Hatching is open to public and takes place the last Wednesday of each month at Beggar’s Banquet in East Lansing at 6:00 p.m. You are invited to attend the first anniversary event on Wednesday, June 25th. To find out more information or to submit an idea, visit


The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is a coalition of area leaders committed to building a prosperous and vibrant region where business can thrive. To do this, we help entrepreneurs start new businesses, help existing businesses grow, and attract new businesses to the region. For more information about LEAP, please visit

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