The Hatch 2023


Learn more about our E-week events and register today. We hope to see you there!

Entrepreneurship in Action

Entrepreneurship Week (E-Week) at BGSU is the most significant annual event for the Allen W. and Carol M. Schmidthorst College of Business. Each April, the college hosts entrepreneurial leaders from around the world to share their experience and expertise through presentations and other events including The Hatch, the Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Hall of Fame and the Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship. Several E-Week events are open to the general public.

E-Week is also a time to showcase the accomplishments of students, recognize alumni and have some fun. Each year, the programming is developed around a central theme, and the theme for 2023 is sustainability. Alumni and world-renowned speakers will discuss sustainable ventures within our communities, businesses, and everyday lives that create positive social impacts within our community.


E-Week 2023 Schedule

April 11-14, 2023

Tuesday, April 11

11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lunch and Learn: Young Entrepreneurs – Creating a Sustainable Life and Community
Young entrepreneurs will be discussing why they chose entrepreneurship, the process of starting their own companies and lessons learned.
Register for Lunch and Learn

Wednesday, April 12

11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lunch and Learn: Leveraging Digital Technology for a Sustainable Community and Business
Hear from two BGSU alumni on their careers in technology. They will discuss their career paths and share on the topics of intrapreneurship, imposter syndrome and understanding your value as an employee.
Register for Lunch and Learn

3:30-5 p.m.
Scholarship Honors and Awards Reception

Recognizing our 2022-23 scholarship recipients and donors - by invitation only.  

6-8:30 p.m.
Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Hall of Fame Ceremony

Help us honor three outstanding alumni joining the ranks of inductees who have demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit helping to shape our economies, drive growth, change industries and improve our quality of life.  
Register to attend Hall of Fame Ceremony

Thursday, April 13

1:30-4:15 p.m.
Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Hall of Fame Honoree Speaker Series
Join us in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater for Navigating Entrepreneurship and learn from our 2023 Hall of Fame honorees.

6-8 p.m.
The Hatch
Watch our Hatchlings student entrepreneurs present their business ideas to alumni investors, vying for funds to launch their businesses in a format similar to the popular television show “Shark Tank.”
View the livestream

Friday April 14

9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship
Culminating E-Week, this renowned program welcomes world-class entrepreneurs for a day of inspiring presentations.
Register to attend Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship

Student Success Stories

Learning about entrepreneurship and being inspired by the entrepreneurial leaders brought to campus has opened new career paths for many BGSU students. To date, more than $800,000 has been pledged for investment in student ideas through The Hatch, and those investments - along with the support of our alumni mentors - has made a significant impact.

To learn more, read some of our student success stories below.

2018 Hatchling galloping into success with Magna Halter

Sara Yarger '18 invents equine accessible technology

2020 Hatchling prepares to launch her product during the pandemic

Marissa Brubaker '19, '20 is persevering through challenges to bring revolutionary sports bras to market

Business ‘Hatched’ at BGSU featured on National morning show

Pieces of Me jewelry included in a segment about the top gifts for the 2019 holiday season

A BGSU alumnus works to keep the community clean with Hatch invention

Brandon Bayes '20 tests trash management prototypes in Bowling Green, Ohio

E-Week 2023 Sponsors

E-Week would not be possible without the generous support of our partners.

Thank you to those who support entrepreneurship at BGSU!

Diamond Sponsors

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J. Robert Sebo
Wood County Economic Development Commission

Gold Sponsor


Bronze Sponsors

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Supporting Sponsors

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Updated: 05/22/2023 09:15AM