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!

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WHY SHOULD I ATTEND

HATCH DEMO DAY?

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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Mentors

Jon Jones

Mentor

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

Mentor

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

Mentor

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

Mentor

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

Mentor

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.

Mike Baer

Mentor

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.

Justin Agans

Mentor

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

Mentor

Anderson T. Ellis is an attorney in the Van Winkle Law Firm’s Business practice group in Asheville, where he works with businesses in all phases of corporate life, including entity choice, formation, operations, sale/purchase, and reorganizations. Before joining Van Winkle, Anderson practiced mostly litigation outside of Nashville, Tennessee, and in Buncombe and surrounding counties. Anderson’s litigation background allows him to assist businesses of all sizes with a wide variety of issues that may arise. Anderson has appeared on behalf of his clients in the state and federal courts of Tennessee and North Carolina, and was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in April 2017.

Tim Montgomery

Mentor

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).

Chris Buehler

Mentor

Chris holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A & M University, and a Master’s degree in International Business Management from Thunderbird. Chris began his career in the aerospace/defense communications industry and in the 1990’s he transitioned into the commercial wireless communications with Andrew Corporation and Nortel Networks. Chris was instrumental in introducing and expanding digital wireless technologies into the North American, Asian, and European markets. After repatriating, he was VP and General Manager for Flextronics Network Services. He later moved to Goodman Networks to spearhead the company’s aggressive growth, helping the firm reach $125M in annual revenue in 2006.

In 2007 Chris co-founded EmFinders, an emergency locating solution for the critical missing persons such as wandering children with Autism or elderly suffering from dementia. The company’s solution was utilized by law enforcement over 150 times to successfully locate and recover missing persons. He sold his stake in the company in 2012 to a subsidiary of Liberty Media. In 2013, Chris served as the Chief Operating Officer of BridgeMetrics, an IT marketing technology firm. Later that year, he helped launch Magnifects, which was developing a new fuel-conditioning solution to improve combustion efficiency of certain petroleum fuels. In 2015, Chris helped launch WHRZT, a mobile-asset tracking solution. As Chief Technical Officer of WHRZT, Chris’s team rapidly developed a complete commercial solution involving wireless hardware, cloud-based middleware, and a smartphone app. Chris has co-authored four US patents in the fields of wireless and wearable technologies.

Scott Shwarts

Mentor

Accomplished executive with a proven track record of leadership and vision in planning, executing and developing great products and growing sustainable organizations. Crackerjack at building and leading a team of the best and brightest people whom excel in execution.

Allison Glackin

Mentor

People want to tell me their stories and companies need these stories as the foundation for identifying powerful business strategies. I am passionate about giving consumers a voice, helping clients hear that voice and working with companies to transform the voice of their consumers into actionable initiatives.

I am young-at-heart but have 28 years of research experience using a wide range of qualitative methodologies across many different industries. In addition to moderating I have developed training materials for client companies and market research professionals, spoken about qualitative research at association conferences and been a Moderator Manager at Ipsos.

I have a B.S. from Duke University in Biomedical Engineering and worked for Procter & Gamble for 6 years prior to launching my career as a moderator in 1989. I live with my husband in Asheville, NC and, when not working, can be found on hiking and mountain bike trails and, occasionally, in a craft brewery.

Ursula Jorch

Mentor

Ursula Jorch is an international business coach and consultant who mentors business owners who want to have income and impact in their business, in their community, and beyond. Through impact-focused strategy, marketing, and systems, Ursula works with entrepreneurs and companies to establish a solid foundation that increases and sustains their financial success.

Clients have described working with Ursula as, “I couldn’t have done it without your guidance and support” and “I’m constantly in awe of the knowledge and value that you offer…I feel grateful to be working with you.”

In her 20+ years as an entrepreneur creating and building multiple startups herself, Ursula has coached many high-impact business people to create significant positive change in the world through development and growth of their own successful business.

Find Ursula at WorkAlchemy.com along with free resources, and on iTunes for her popular podcast, Work Alchemy: The Impact Interviews with guests as diverse as Seth Godin and Marianne Williamson.

Clark Harris

Mentor

Clark is an artist at heart and his vision has helped grow the LoLo Gifts program from a simple idea to a scaling business in just over 2 years. Clark also is a certified Deep-water-tech diver as well as a private pilot and knows how to stay cool under pressure. Clark is a native of Wilson, NC, but it could be argued his true home is in the woods or on the banks of a river with a fly rod. He also spent 100 days in silence on a fundraising campaign in honor of his late mother to ``Silence Cancer``. Clark loves helping people take ideas from their head and into the world and playing a part in that creative process.

Jason Stewart

Mentor

Jason Stewart is Co-Founder/CTO of Anthroware, an on-demand innovation force. Breaking the mold of “software shops”, Anthroware takes a consultative approach to evaluate current flow-states, then groups strategists, artists, and engineers together to solve complex problems. Jason leads his team to identify the waste and rework in companies and creates beautiful digital tools that people love to use, while lowering overhead and increasing throughput.

A Native Californian, Jason began his career in IT almost 20 years ago as a database and systems architect. In the Education field, Jason has spoken at conferences on the role technology can facilitate data analysis for student achievement in Special Education classes. His belief in never accepting the status quo and passion for product development, led Jason to co-found Anthroware in 2013.

Outside of Anthroware, Jason can be found reading everything there is, playing his ukulele, or playing with Zeke, his music-loving toddler.

More Mentors

To Be Announced...

Judges

George Glackin

George Glackin

Judge

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.

Jael Rattigan

Judge

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.

Tom Ryan

Judge

Professionally, I’m an entrepreneur both in practice and in spirit, but I’m also an investor, coach, mentor, trusted advisor, and friend to many business owners and operators. My mission is to help entrepreneurs and business owners everywhere succeed both in business and in life.
I have been described as a guru, teacher, coach, mentor, therapist, and startup whisperer. I have a knack for helping people find the answers to their most important business questions within them and making the complex seem simple. I’m also a natural born fixer and love to solve problems.

Marty Moran

Judge

Marty is the founder of Clear Path LLC, a management consulting company which provides planning services, advisory services, and interim leadership for business owners, organizations, and communities; and, the co-founder of Glen Street Capital, a family-owned, Asheville, NC based, investment and holding partnership actively seeking acquisitions in the southeast.

Marty has owned business and worked in a number of different industries, including distribution, manufacturing, consulting, fitness, and software as a service, for companies such as Surebridge, the Valspar Corporation, Anderson Consulting’s Strategy Group, and McMaster-Carr Supply Company. Throughout that time period, Marty held various general management and leadership roles, such as Director of Sales and Marketing, Director of Strategic Planning, Director of Information Technology, and Business Manager.

Currently, Marty serves on the Board of Directors for Massman Automation and has served on the Board/Advisory Boards for Endurable Building Products, Marco, Adjuvant Technologies, Range Systems, American Time and Signal, and UpNorth Baskets.

Marty is serving/has served in a number of community volunteer roles, including assistant coach for the UNC Asheville Women’s swim program and the St. Cloud State Men’s and Women’s swim programs, in various roles for the Greater St. Cloud Development corporation Board, as the Board President for the St Cloud Area YMCA, in various roles for the Anderson Center Board in St. Cloud, the Morgan Family Foundation Board, and the Children’s Day Montessori Board.

Marty graduated with a M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a B.S. from the University of Michigan. He enjoys competitive swimming and triathlons. Marty and his wife live in Asheville, NC with their two children.

Session Speakers

Susan Cook

Speaker

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.

Chris Buehler

Speaker

Chris holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A & M University, and a Master’s degree in International Business Management from Thunderbird. Chris began his career in the aerospace/defense communications industry and in the 1990’s he transitioned into the commercial wireless communications with Andrew Corporation and Nortel Networks. Chris was instrumental in introducing and expanding digital wireless technologies into the North American, Asian, and European markets. After repatriating, he was VP and General Manager for Flextronics Network Services. He later moved to Goodman Networks to spearhead the company’s aggressive growth, helping the firm reach $125M in annual revenue in 2006.

In 2007 Chris co-founded EmFinders, an emergency locating solution for the critical missing persons such as wandering children with Autism or elderly suffering from dementia. The company’s solution was utilized by law enforcement over 150 times to successfully locate and recover missing persons. He sold his stake in the company in 2012 to a subsidiary of Liberty Media. In 2013, Chris served as the Chief Operating Officer of BridgeMetrics, an IT marketing technology firm. Later that year, he helped launch Magnifects, which was developing a new fuel-conditioning solution to improve combustion efficiency of certain petroleum fuels. In 2015, Chris helped launch WHRZT, a mobile-asset tracking solution. As Chief Technical Officer of WHRZT, Chris’s team rapidly developed a complete commercial solution involving wireless hardware, cloud-based middleware, and a smartphone app. Chris has co-authored four US patents in the fields of wireless and wearable technologies.

Scott Shwarts

Speaker

Accomplished executive with a proven track record of leadership and vision in planning, executing and developing great products and growing sustainable organizations. Crackerjack at building and leading a team of the best and brightest people whom excel in execution.

Phillip Davis

Speaker

Phil Davis is a nationally recognized author, speaker and branding expert, specializing in brand development, brand alignment and brand clarity. With more than 25 years of company branding and marketing experience, Phil has personally named over 250 regional, national and international businesses, products and services. His list of branded clients includes PODS (Portable On Demand Storage), Team Logic IT, RallyHouse and Hotel Arras here in Asheville. Phil has worked with startups to Fortune 500 firms, and while the size of the companies may vary, the branding issues are frequently similar in nature -- the need for better clarity, direction and vision. Phil’s naming firm, Tungsten Branding, Inc., is a reflection of this conviction. His goal of creating brilliance and clarity is demonstrated in his commitment to help his clients achieve brand excellence. This commitment led to a Top 5 Global Naming Firm designation by Clutch.

In between naming projects, Phil has penned over 50 articles on naming and branding as well as speaking on the subject to numerous business and industry trade groups nationwide. He has written or been quoted in Entrepreneur, Inc, AdAge, The Washington Post, Salon, Bloomberg's Business Week, TV Guide, AOL Small Business, D&B's AllBusiness.com, as well as numerous industry trade publications. He also hosts a national podcast, Brilliant Branding, which airs live on the VoiceAmerica Business channel Thursday 12pm eastern/9am pacific.

When not naming and branding, Davis resides with his wife, numerous kids and three dogs in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina

Special Guests

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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