Hatch This

Build a business in a weekend

A mash-up of, a hackathon, an accelerator, and a weekend-long party, Hatch This matches attendees in teams with expert mentorship to craft a startup and compete for prizes including seed funding and office space at Hatch Asheville, located at 45 S. French Broad in downtown.

Attendees should come ready to pitch a business idea or ready to offer your skills and join a team.  Once teams form, the real work begins: build a prototype, get real user feedback, pitch your deck in front of real investors, and win prizes.

November 3-5

You can be a coder, a designer, a programmer, an engineer, a strategist, a networker, an MBA, an entrepreneur, a finance-whiz, an inventor, an innovator, a doodler, an artist, a creator, a builder, an academic, a drop-out, an investor, a founder or a future co-founder – all are welcome to participate at Hatch This!

Final Pitch

81 Broadway
Asheville, NC
28801

Why should I attend

Hatch This?

Opportunities to get real feedback on your ideas is rare. Even more rare is to spend a weekend in a room with people like you who want to work on new ideas. This is your chance to pitch your idea, build a team, and win the support and resources you need to launch a successful business.

If you’re on this list, you should be here.
  • If you have an idea for a business
  • Freelancers
  • Students
  • Coders who want to solve a new problem
  • People looking for a Co-Founder
  • Job Seekers
  • Employers
  • Marketers
  • Front-End Devs
  • Mobile Devs
What’s included?
  • Meals
  • Collaboration Space
  • World-Class Mentors
  • Coffee
  • Beer
  • Over $15k in Cash and Prizes
Do I have to Pitch an idea?
Nope. We expect about 1/3 of attendees to pitch while the other 2/3 come to join a team and show off their skills.

Mentors

Allison Glackin

Mentor

I am known for my enthusiastic, inquisitive and flexible approach to qualitative research that delights clients. I have spent 25+ years leading qualitative research projects across a wide gamut of industries and for many Fortune 500 companies. My multi-industry perspective provides the opportunity to identify and employ the best-of-the-best research techniques which brings value to each project. My clients rely on me to identify unique consumer insights and deliver sound research results which build their businesses.

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.

Drew Price

Mentor

I am a passionate, product and customer-focused marketer. As head of product marketing at Grammarly, my focus is consistency in messaging and user-experience with any content we make public. I have nearly a decade of experience in Email Marketing, and it remains my super power.

Oh, and I am currently the Brand Steward at Grammarly and may appear in our commercials from time to time.*

Chris Buehler

Mentor

Versatile and enthusiastic entrepreneur who has started and/or substantially advanced numerous firms in a variety of technology and service industries. Well-rounded technology/operations executive with experience in domestic and international business development

Broad Experience in Wireless Technologies, Internet-of-Things, Telecommunications, and Aerospace Industries

Entrepreneurial leadership through entire life-cycle of a business: ``back-of-napkin`` concept creation, business formation, patent writing, fundraising, solution development, product launch.

Tommy Calhoun

Mentor

Gay W. Lam

Mentor

Small Business Owner/Entrepreneur. Creating products, building brands and leading an awesome team.

Bill Tate

Mentor

I lead private advisory boards for CEOs, business owners, and executives to help them step out of the day-to-day to think differently, gain insights, make better decisions, take bold action, and generate meaningful results.

Vistage Chair | Private Board Facilitator | CEO Coach & Advisor.

Chuck Johnson

Mentor

Adaptable marketing and R&D professional with a strong record of goal-oriented innovation to drive profitable business growth. Demonstrated strengths in strategic planning through program execution, staff and cross-functional team building and leadership, project management, and internal and external customer service.
Justin Agans

Justin Agans

Mentor

Just is a Startup Lawyer at Spengler & Agans, PLLC

Dawn Walker

Mentor

Serving the QSR and Foodservice channel for over 25 years through Global Sales and Business Development in the following areas:
• Food and beverage manufacturing (Pillsbury and Pepsi Cola)
• Contract Feeders (Aramark)
• Dispensing equipment manufacturing (Wunder-Bar)
• Packaging technology (Colder Products Company, Scholle Packaging and HAVI Global Solutions)

This deep market understanding from production, to packaging to dispensing and back of the house operations, assists me in the understanding required to customize turnkey solutions for you. In utilizing this systems approach based on individual needs, I can develop solutions that are customized for your operation based on your needs for today and tomorrow .

John White

Mentor

Specialties: Web Development, Interface Design, Usability Testing

Arthur Salido

Mentor

A research scientist, educator, business consultant, and market expert with over 20 years experience working in higher education and with private companies.
An accomplished communicator, passionate about helping individuals and organizations solve unique and diverse problems ranging from product quality, business strategy, funding opportunities, and customer acquisition to community engagement, economic development, and contemporary higher-ed issues.
Lisa Fournier

Dr. Lisa Fournier

Mentor

Lisa has over 25 years of experience in community-based businesses and emerging-growth companies across a variety of industries. Her role in these start-ups was to implement (proof-of-concept stage)--forming the business and co-creating scalable solutions with customers, suppliers, investors, and development teams. Lisa is currently Assistant Professor of Business and Entrepreneurship at Lenoir-Rhyne University Asheville.
Ryan Coffield

Ryan Coffield

Mentor

Ryan is a Business Attorney at The Van Winkle Law Firm, advising small and mid size business owners on corporate and tax issues, including formations, operations, and reorganizations.

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. (primarily 409A, ASC 820, carried interest, and purchase price allocations), and serves as factional Chief Financial Officer to clients in the Southeast helping them with matters related to due diligence, financial modeling, investment fundraising, investor relations, and business plan development.
Ted Pate

Ted Pate

Mentor

Ted is Co-Founder, CEO at Dig This Productions, LLC
William Heedy

William Heedy

Mentor

William Heedy is a registered patent attorney having experience in all matters related to U.S. and foreign patent preparation and prosecution, trademarks and copyrights. William is available to assist in matters relating to licensing, handling cease and desist disputes for patents and trademarks, and analyzing patent portfolios including due diligence for patent portfolio acquisitions. William is also a member of The Van Winkle Law Firm’s Litigation practice where he focuses on matters relating to intellectual property.
Jamie Gilpin

Jamie Gilpin

Mentor

A progressive finance professional with extensive experience as a leader of teams spread across disciplines and geographical locations. Strong background, education, and interest in renewable energy, sustainable economics, data analysis, international business, and finance. Entrepreneurial spirit has regularly brought success in building enthusiasm for the use of technology in non-technical environments. Personal interest for innovation has proved infectious and influenced others to deliver successful results.
Michael Shore

Michael Shore

Mentor

Clean energy companies are changing the world. I am helping them do it faster and better. My track record of success includes creating and growing clean technology companies, leading breakthrough solar and wind energy campaigns, and bringing diverse parties together to work towards common goals. I led my solar business to become a $100 million enterprise, raised oodles of capital, helped make my home state second only to California in solar development, and advised dozens of clean energy companies to become more profitable and more resilient.
Scott Shwarts

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.

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.

Josh Dorfman

Judge

Josh Dorfman is an environmental entrepreneur, author, and media personality committed to helping consumers easily and delightfully take steps to green their lives. Josh is perhaps best known as creator and host of The Lazy Environmentalist, an award-winning reality TV show on Sundance Channel, radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio, book series, and digital commerce company.

Josh currently leads Venture Asheville, a public-private initiative to build a high-growth entrepreneurial ecosystem in the mountains of Western North Carolina. He is also Director of Asheville Angels.

Mary Lynn Manns

Judge

Mary Lynn Manns is a professor on the Management faculty at UNC Asheville in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. She is the co-author of two popular books, Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas (2005) and More Fearless Change: Strategies for Making Your Ideas Happen (2015), which document the successful strategies used by leaders of change in many different types and sizes of organizations throughout the world.

Mary Lynn has given numerous presentations on change leadership throughout the world in many organizations that include Microsoft, Proctor & Gamble, Avon, and amazon.com. But her greatest thrill is coordinating the Ideas to Action initiative at UNC Asheville, which guides students as they work in interdisciplinary teams to design, develop, and defend their ideas for changing the world.

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.

Meg Ragland

Judge

Co-founder and President of Plum Print, a consumer-facing company that delivers your physical memories into the digital world. Starting with children's artwork, there is a vast world of memories that are lost in the digital age. Plum Print's mission is to make those memories live on forever; put them at arm's reach on a bookshelf, as well as in a safe spot in the cloud.

Cain McClary

Judge

Physician (Board Certified Pathologist) and enterpriser, leveraging a knowledge of the bench and the bedside as well as an extensive network of scientists, clinicians, entrepreneurs, and funders to guide and invest in young companies in the digital health, healthcare informatics, diagnostics, life science tools, and synthetic biology spaces. My experiences on both sides of the table are able to offer unique strategic insights and network opportunities to innovators and investors in these verticals. I like to call it ``translational entrepreneurship``.
Jim Moore

Jim Moore

Judge

Angel Investor, Business Performance Advisor

Jim is an active Angel Investor in Silicon Valley and Asheville area start-ups. Jim pursues investments in start-ups based on his experience of creating a digital eLearning company that he grew from idea to scale to private equity sale.

Investment focus is in MarTech, eCommerce and FinTech; particularly start-ups applying Blockchain technology for financial solutions. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur and angel investor, Jim had leadership positions at major global ad agencies around the world in the automotive and tech categories.

Special Guests

Juan Garzon

Juan Garzon

Pitch Workshop Expert

Hi, I'm Juan Garzón. I help small to midsize businesses develop messaging that engages and communicates value so that they can accelerate the growth of their business. Working with me, you will better understand your target audience is, how to reach them more effectively, and how to create a brand story that results in better sales conversations.

Juan is Director of PitchBreakfast and StartCharlotte and is Branding and Messaging Strategist at The Garzón Company. Juan will be conducting his specialized pitch workshop for Hatch This participants

Mayor Esther Manheimer

Mayor Esther Manheimer

Guest of Honor

Mayor Esther Manheimer will deliver closing remarks at the Final Pitch on Sunday. The Mayor is a staunch supporter of the Asheville small business community. In August 2017, she signed a proclamation declaring the second week of September “Asheville Entrepreneurship Week,” a celebration of Asheville’s growing startups and innovative businesses.

Esther was elected Mayor of Asheville in 2013 and is seeking re-election this November.

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