The Hatch 2022


The Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership hosted the 10th annual E-Week April 18 - 22 2022

10 Years of Entrepreneurship

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 2022 was Turning Lemons into Lemonade, inspired by the book "Plato's Lemonade Stand: Stirring Change into Something Great" by the Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship keynote speaker, Tom Morris.

The events in 2022 marked the 10th annual E-Week, and as we Hatched deals, honored new Hall of Fame inductees and learned how successful entrepreneurs have turned Lemons into Lemonade, we also celebrated the last decade by reflecting on all that we have accomplished.


A Message from Paul J. HookerPaul J. Hooker

It's hard to believe E-Week 2022 is already over! It was a week full of entrepreneurial spirit, and I hope event attendees walked away feeling just as inspired as I am about turning lemons into lemonade.

A special thanks to all the presenters who joined us for E-Week. The stories and presentations you gave have made such an impact and we're grateful for your time. 

Congratulations are in order for new Hall of Fame inductees Julie Brandle, Bruce Fisher, Mike Hart and Eric Nowlin. I also want to congratulate all the Hatchlings for their efforts. Deal or no deal, I am so proud of all you accomplished and wish you a future full of success. And of course, we so appreciate the work of the Hatch mentors who prepped the Hatchings over their ten-week journey, and the alumni investors who provided funding for the Hatchlings to continue to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. Without all of you, none of this would have been possible. 

As we learned this year, finding opportunity amidst adversity (turning lemons into lemonade) isn't always easy, but with some perseverance and a fresh perspective you may just find a way to succeed. And when you do, I promise that is the sweetest tasting lemonade. 

Until next time. Go Falcon entrepreneurs!

E-Week 2022 Photo Gallery

Check out all the memories we made!

E-Week Events

E-Week at BGSU is filled with a host of events including The Hatch, the Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Hall of Fame, and our grand finale, the Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship. Each year, there are many opportunities to engage through lunch and learns, panel discussions, presentations from world-renowned speakers and much more.

Click below to learn more about the E-Week 2022 events.

E-Week 2022 Virtual Events

We were thrilled to be able to share a few of the E-Week 2022 events virtually! Click to watch below!

For the complete list of E-Week 2022 events, check out the master schedule.

2022 Entrepreneur in Residence

mark bermanMark Berman '74, '76 CEO of CompliGlobe, served as our E-Week 2022 Entrepreneur in Residence.  It was wonderful to have him back on campus to to discuss innovations and entrepreneurial ideas with BGSU students.

8 facts about Mark Berman

  • Earned his B.A. and MFA from BGSU 
  • Successful career in financial services regulation law and compliance and international sports
  • Published books and articles on financial services regulation and hedge funds
  • Founded, coached, managed and played for the Great Britain Men’s National Softball Team (1995-2005, coach in 2018)
  • Helped re-write the rules of softball used in the Tokyo Olympics and was a Tokyo Olympic softball official (Jury of Appeal)
  • Dedicates a significant amount of time to pro bono work
  • Makes having fun a priority
  • A huge fan of SiFi novels

Learn more about Mark Berman


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 2022 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

PNC logo
J. Robert Sebo
Owens-Illinois logo
Wood County Economic Development Commission logo

Platinum Sponsors

A.A. Green Realty, Inc. logo

Gold Sponsors

Metis Construction Services logo
Heidelberg logo
Theresa Popp Braun, Ed.D
 JumpStart Inc.
USBeverage logo
Coca-Cola logo
GMC logo
CSI DMC Destination & Event Management logo
Nationwide logo

Bronze Sponsors

SCoB Student Ambassadors logo
Hanson Inc. logo
Hart Associates logo

Updated: 05/05/2022 08:47AM