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Hatching Winner Provides “Thught”-ful Gifts

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August 1, 2014

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Hatching Winner Provides “Thught”-ful Gifts

New application will allow people to contribute to special gift giving 

LANSING, MI- Amongst a packed house, The Hatching added another great idea to the funded cohort of new businesses Wednesday night. Mark Omwansa, developer of the app Thughts, walked away with the prize. Thughts is a web and mobile application that allows a group of people to contribute towards a gift for a mutual friend on special occasions.

As a winner of The Hatching, Omwansa will receive $1,000 from monthly sponsor, Jackson National Life Insurance Company, as well as legal services provided by Loomis, Ewert, Parsley, Davis & Gotting P.C. and a promotional pitch video produced by Michigan Creative. Additionally, Thughts will compete again against other monthly winners in December for the chance at receiving $10,000 towards their business.

“Thughts is a great idea that will allow friends to come together to contribute money toward a gift for a mutual partner. The idea also shows promise to become a platform for companies highlighting new products and engage earlier adopters,” said Tony Willis, Manager of Business Acceleration at LEAP.

The Hatching 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. 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. Each innovator has the opportunity to pitch their idea for five minutes in front of a panel of judges and their peers.

“Every month, we see a new set of market-driven, creative ideas from people who lacked an opportunity to explore them with a supportive, startup-focused group,” said Brian Abraham, Executive Director of Spartan Innovations. “The Hatching and other events like the GreenLight Entrepreneurial Bootcamp and Lansing Maker Week bring innovation to the forefront, and allow people to come together, develop their ideas, and take them to market.”

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. The next Hatching event will take place on, August 27th. 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.
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