UChef Pitches Winning Business Idea at The Hatching

The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) and Spartan Innovations hosted The Hatching, the monthly business pitch competition event on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 at Dublin Square in East Lansing. Local entrepreneurs and supporters attended the event to cheer on the next big idea they’d like to see hatch in Lansing. The winning idea, UChef, came from Michigan State University (MSU) student, Tapan Kataria. UChef is a meal planning, food delivery service that only takes 20 minutes to cook. “UChef is entering a market space where we expect to see high growth. People value high quality, gourmet and delicious food. What they don’t want is hours of prep and cooking time. This will be a cool product to watch develop over the next year,” said Tony Willis, director of New Economy at LEAP. The Hatching is part of a community-wide effort to support local entrepreneurs and make the Lansing region a great place to start a business. This event helps move new, local business ideas from concept to reality and provides winners with funding, legal support, market research, office space and more. For more information about The Hatching or how entrepreneurs can submit ideas to be considered for the live pitch competition at one of the monthly Hatching events, visit thehatching.org.

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