COA presents new Enterprise applicants

Posted Feb. 18, 2013, at 4:18 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 18, 2013, at 5:19 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 4:10 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.

Location: College of the Atlantic - McCormick Lecture Hall, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

For more information: Jay Friedlander; 207-288-5015;

BAR HARBOR, Maine — College of the Atlantic students are pitching their ideas for the college’s Sustainable Enterprise Incubator, also known as the Hatchery. The presentations will be a special Human Ecology Forum at 4:10 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27 in McCormick Lecture Hall. To be accepted into the term-long program, students must offer this public presentation of their proposal.

Past Hatchery students have worked on everything from biofuels and alternative energy to movie productions and urban agriculture. Students accepted into the program receive office space, mentoring, professional services, and potential access to funding.

COA is one of the few colleges in the United States to offer an undergraduate curriculum in sustainable business. The Hatchery is an essential part of this curriculum, linking classroom learning with intensive real world experiences.

The Hatchery provides a focused, catalytic environment for the ventures, as well as access to basic, critical resources and services to support the early stage of student-launched enterprises for twelve months. Through it, entrepreneurs from across campus can build their organizations for college credit—then move out into the world with tools to launch their enterprise.

Now moving into its fourth year, as many as 10% of graduating seniors have passed through the Hatchery, and more than half of the students involved have continued their enterprises. Past Hatchery residents have given the youth statement at UN Climate Negotiations, won statewide business plan competitions, received funding from angel investors and outside foundations including the National Science Foundation, a NASA Space Grant, and an EPA P3 award. Their efforts have been covered by dozens of articles ranging from local and regional media to national press such as CNN Money and Fox Business. The program itself was featured in a front-page article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

For more on the 4:10 Feb. 27 Hatchery presentations in COA’s McCormick Lecture Hall, contact Jay Friedlander at or 207-288-5015.

College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more, visit