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Hatch Powered By Bessel Accelerator Program

Hatch Powered by Bessel is a dynamic accelerator initiative dedicated to empowering emerging medtech ventures in unlocking groundbreaking solutions with global impact. Our intensive 10-week program commences with an immersive kickoff event and culminates in a celebratory finale in Fairhope, AL. Throughout the journey, startups benefit from unparalleled industry mentorship and strategic guidance, underpinned by the renowned Powered by Bessel framework curated by Chris Danek, a luminary in the life sciences realm.

Our mission is to equip medtech pioneers with the tools and insights necessary to cultivate sustainable, scalable innovations, fostering breakthroughs that transcend boundaries. By cultivating a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem, we provide founders with the resources essential for long-term success. Additionally, participating startups receive a modest stipend to alleviate travel expenses and may have access to potential funding opportunities upon program completion. Join us on this transformative journey, where innovation meets opportunity.

About Hatch

Hatch serves as the nucleus of an evolving innovation landscape within Baldwin County, AL, fostered through a collaborative effort between The City of Fairhope and the Baldwin Community and Economic Development Foundation. Positioned as a pivotal business resource hub, Hatch is dedicated to nurturing technology-based entrepreneurs, facilitating their learning and development journey. 

With a strategic focus on medtech startups, Hatch provides unparalleled access to vital resources, including USA Health South and the UAB Medical Center, leveraging the region’s robust healthcare infrastructure. As we prepare for future cohorts, we’re expanding our scope to include advanced manufacturing, capitalizing on the burgeoning automotive and aerospace sectors within the area. 

Baldwin County stands out as one of the top 50 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in the nation for job growth, earning recognition as one of Forbes’ best “small places for small business.” Renowned for its prowess in talent attraction, job creation, and business investment, the county epitomizes a fertile ground for entrepreneurial endeavors to flourish. Join us at Hatch as we catalyze innovation and drive economic prosperity within Baldwin County and beyond. 

About Bessel

Bessel is an impact accelerator for medtech companies. We’re on a mission to deliver health and wellness breakthroughs that scale. 

We deliver these breakthroughs by empowering startups and technical teams. We transform professionals and organizations by unlocking the full potential of teams, and we believe in combining design thinking, agile teamwork, medical device startup experience, and technical expertise. 

Powered by Bessel is an intensive program with specialized workshops and consulting for medtech startups. We supercharge startups’ strategy, fundraising, and execution with expert guidance from Chris Danek and a network of expert mentors. Our program shares a timeless, capital-efficient approach to navigating the complexities of medical device development and the constraints from diverse stakeholders. Powered by Bessel startups are located nationwide.  


Ryan Wicker

Strategic Advisor

Lauren Baker

Strategic Advisor

Nandini Venkatesh


Miguel Piedrahita


Surag Mantri


Jesse Carlson


Kavita Bouknight


Luis Baez


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