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UChef Pitches Winning Business Idea at The Hatching

Tuesday, February 23, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Eric Dimoff
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The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) and Spartan Innovations hosted The Hatching, the monthly business pitch competition event on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at Dublin Square in East Lansing. Local entrepreneurs and supporters attended the event to cheer on the next big idea they’d like to see hatch in Lansing.

The winning idea, UChef, came from Michigan State University (MSU) student, Tapan Kataria. UChef is a meal planning, food delivery service that only takes 20 minutes to cook.

“UChef is entering a market space where we expect to see high growth. People value high quality, gourmet and delicious food. What they don’t want is hours of prep and cooking time. This will be a cool product to watch develop over the next year,” said Tony Willis, director of New Economy at LEAP.

The Hatching is part of a community-wide effort to support local entrepreneurs and make the Lansing region a great place to start a business. This event helps move new, local business ideas from concept to reality and provides winners with funding, legal support, market research, office space and more.

“At MSU we are happy to see undergraduates take entrepreneurship seriously and grab onto the many resources like the Hatching to bring their dreams to reality,” said Neil Kane, MSU’s first director of undergraduate entrepreneurship. He also works closely with existing entrepreneurship efforts across campus like Spartan Innovations, the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Hive and the Hatch.

Kane added, “there is no better way to prepare students for the world of the 21st century, whether they aspire to work for a large company, start their own business, go into academia or devote themselves to public service than through cultivating their skills in entrepreneurship.”

For more information about The Hatching or how entrepreneurs can submit ideas to be considered for the live pitch competition at one of the monthly Hatching events, visit


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