Hatch Demo Days Are Where Good Ideas Become the Best Ideas

Are you an early stage startup or team that has encountered a log jam? Need some fresh outlooks beyond the basics? Come and present your MVP to the varsity team of Asheville’s startup community and leave with advanced insight that will take your idea farther, faster. Bring your business plan, team, and your A-game as you network in a community of people that are committed to your success. On top of it all, our three finalists will come away with seed capital, mentorship, and other prizes to “hatch” their ideas. By the end of the day, you’ll be better equipped, better networked, and better resourced to take your company to the next level!

Don’t have a business plan to present, or have not yet formed your team? Come anyway! We’ll pair you up with an existing business so that you can learn along with them for the day. And, you’ll meet some of the coolest entrepreneurs and mentors in Asheville!


Hatch’s startup events are taking an active role in advancing Asheville’s startup community and we couldn’t do it without our AMAZING sponsors. Learn more by selecting “sponsorship opportunities” or “get in touch” below!

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Opportunities to get real feedback on your ideas are rare. Even more rare is to spend a day in a room with people like you who want to work on new ideas. This is your chance to present your idea, gain unparalleled feedback, and win resources to excel your growth forward!

If you’re on this list, you should be here.
  • If you have been working on a business
  • If you have an idea for a business
  • Freelancers
  • Students
  • Coders who want to solve a new problem
  • People looking for business partners
What’s included?
  • Coffee
  • Meals
  • Collaboration Space
  • World-Class Mentors
  • The potential to win seed money, and other prizes to “Hatch” your ideas.
Do I have to Present an Idea?
Nope. We expect about 1/2 of attendees to be startup teams while the other 1/2 can come to learn from the expert feedback, participate in the workshops, and network with the other attendees/mentors.

Saturday, April 7th
8:30AM – 9:00PM


Hatch AVL Foundation
45 S French Broad Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801

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Jon Jones


Anthroware is a mashup of anthropologists, designers, data-driven consultants, and technology builders. We solve tough problems that clients cant solve on their own by simplifying your processes: both human and digital.

My passion is people. Serving the Anthroware team, and serving our partners. I love creating delightful digital projects that make a difference. Software should get out of your way so you can get back to doing the things you love. My job is to pursue this goal for our partners. We build software for humans.

Lee Byberg


Lee has a variety of experience managing and leading companies. Beginning in the Petroleum industry, Lee became a Senior Economic Internal Consultant for Phillips Petroleum Company where he was responsible for the economics of a $300 million water injection project in Norway.

From 1996 through 2014, Lee Byberg was employed by Life-Science Innovations & Affiliated Companies (LSI), a engineering, agriculture, and bioscience company with over 1500 employees, where he served in multiple leadership roles with affiliated companies.

Since 2014, Lee has served as CEO of Rivendell Education Company, LLC, a company based in Minnesota focused on developing and licensing curriculum and critical thinking software in the field of education.

Bobby Norment


Bobby Norment has a history of successful entrepreneurship and organizational leadership in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. He was the Founder, President and CEO of Norment Industries for thirty years. Bobby led and managed the company’s growth from a very small company to a multimillion-dollar international conglomerate made up of four divisions doing work around the world.

Bobby Norment is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Rivendell Worldview Education Company, LLC, an educational services company that develops educational curriculums, methods, principles, and tools needed by local institutions to equip a generation of people for transformational purposes.

Emily Breedlove


Emily has spent the past 15+ years working in small business support and community development as both an entrepreneur and a resource provider. She has been working with programs such as the SBA funded ScaleUp WNC program, the new Certified Entrepreneurial Communities Program through Creative Economic Development Consulting, and, among other events, is the host of the Mompreneur Gathering and the Authentic Communities Summit.

Emily currently serves as the President of FemCity Asheville, a professional networking, training, and mentoring program serving women entrepreneurs of the Greater Asheville Area. She is a member of the leadership team for the Asheville 1 Million Cups, is a certified trainer in the REAL Entrepreneurship Curriculum, and serves as Board Treasurer for The Sequoyah Fund. Emily is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship. She has been a trainer and Keynote for the Brushy Fork Institute at Berea College since 2013.

Murphy Funkhouser Capps


Whether putting her client’s brands in the spotlight or entertaining audiences herself, Murphy Funkhouser Capps believes that “everyone has a story”.

Murphy is the CEO, co-founder and Creative Director at Kudzu Brands as well as a business speaker, educator, storyteller, and performer. She is known for her enthusiasm and passion for helping businesses grow. About Murphy, clients have said, “Murphy is gifted in sensing and expressing a business's personality and vision. She has a particular talent for seeing creative ways of sharing that personality and vision with the world.”

Murphy serves on the advisory board for The UNCA School of Business. She is a recent graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. Murphy is also the co-founder and facilitator of the Bonfire Storytelling for Business Conference.

Jael Rattigan


Jael Rattigan wants to live in a world where business is used as a force for good. As co-founder and co-CEO of French Broad Chocolates, she has been honored as Woman Up’s Best in Business and achieved the rigorous B corp certification for her purpose-driven company. When she’s not busy building a local chocolate empire, she is watching her two sons grow up way too fast or striding toward the finish line of her MBA. After a successful capital raise, Jael’s business is poised for an exciting year of growth, including two new production facilities and two retail cafes.

Justin Agans


Justin is a startup lawyer at Spengler & Agans. He works with startups and small to medium sized businesses on everything from formation to contracts to early stage funding. In addition to his background in the law, Justin has an M.B.A. with a focus on entrepreneurship and marketing strategy, which he uses to bring additional value to clients.

Anderson Ellis


Anderson T. Ellis is an attorney in the Van Winkle Law Firm’s Business practice group, where he works with businesses in all phases of corporate life, including entity choice, formation, operations, sale/purchase, and reorganizations. Anderson’s background in litigation allows him to assist businesses of all sizes with a wide variety of issues that may arise. Anderson grew up in Hendersonville, and now lives there with his wife, Brittany, and their rescue dog, Tipper. They enjoy hiking, cooking together, and frequenting the movies, and every now and then, Anderson will brew a batch of beer in his kitchen.

Tim Montgomery


Tim Montgomery has worked in finance and business valuation since 1996. Since 2008, he has focused on a select clientele of prominent venture capital and private equity firms as well as venture and angel backed companies. Tim performs business valuation analysis for companies across the U.S. ranging in size from idea stage through acquisition or IPO. Clients use his valuations primarily for tax, financial reporting, and due diligence purposes (409A, ASC 820, carried interest, and purchase price allocations).

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George Glackin

George Glackin


George is an experienced innovation and new business creation leader. Over a 35 year career at Procter & Gamble, George led teams in all phases of the innovation process from current business operations, upgrade initiatives, front end product and technology development, and disruptive new business creation. He led innovation efforts in all P&G sectors, and on major brands such as Pampers, Tide and Pantene.

George now invests and advises with the entrepreneur community in Asheville, NC, addressing the ideation, incubation and scale-up phases of new business creation. George is a founding Board member and President of Hatch AVL, an Asheville-based startup co-location and incubation facility.

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Session Speakers

Susan Cook


Susan Payne Cook joined MicroStrategy in 2014 as Executive Vice President, North American Sales. Cook brings nearly two decades of experience in analytics in large global technology companies. Most recently, she was a Vice President of Sales in both global and North American roles in the Business Analytics software brand at IBM, which included the Cognos, TM1 and SPSS products. She joined IBM as a Partner and Global Leader in the Business Analytics and Optimization practice within IBM Global Business Services. Prior to IBM, Cook was the Worldwide Vice President of the Business Intelligence Solutions group at HP that combined consulting services, infrastructure products, and third-party software to provide solutions to HP's largest and most complex global clients. Prior to HP, Cook spent six years at Oracle as a Group Vice President of Sales. For two of those years, she created and led the North America Business Intelligence sales organization, combining teams and technologies from acquisitions like Siebel and Hyperion. Prior to Oracle, she held leadership positions at Hyperion, CSC Consulting and EDS. She has a Finance degree from DePaul University in Chicago. She currently lives in Asheville with her husband, two daughters and two dogs.

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Mike Baer

Keynote Speaker

Mike Baer has helped launch businesses in over 25 countries, usually among the “poorest of the poor.” He and his organization, International Micro Enterprise Development (IMED), have started over two thousand businesses since 1998. Mike has also written several books including “Business as Mission”, “2IC”, “Street Level Romans”, and “How to Be Big and Yet Small”.

He and his wife live in Hendersonville, NC, where she operates an award winning B&B, the Elizabeth Leigh Inn. Mike is currently Chief Development Officer for EmployBridge, LLC, a $3B staffing company based in Atlanta.

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