As I made my way to The Hatch last week, I feared I was going to look stupid. My media entrepreneurship class was meeting there and we all had to pitch startup ideas in front of the entire class. But I didn’t feel stupid at all. Instead, I gained a lot of knowledge and respect for startup ideas that day.
Getting to listen to Paul Jacques, the director, was inspiring. As a student who is already involved in a lot, I sometimes forget about the endless amount of resources available to people on campus. It’s amazing that students can come to the Hatch with a small idea and grow it into something tangible, something that’s successful.
It was unbelievable to hear Paul talk about the people he has worked with at the Hatch who have made millions with their product. Although entrepreneurship is not something I anticipate doing in my life beyond college, it’s nice to know that there is a space on campus for students to be creative, get resources and get help with their startup idea.
When it came to watching all of my classmates pitch their startup ideas, I was genuinely impressed. I couldn’t believe that everyone had such different ideas. And each idea ultimately aimed to solve a problem they—or other journalists—have experienced. Some of the ideas solved problems I have as a journalist that I couldn’t identify myself. Like, it’s hard to edit audio together to make a podcast; it’s difficult to determine which news is true and fake on social media sometimes and it’s frustrating to find news that’s relevant to your interests in one location. All of these problems led my classmates to think of an idea to solve these problems.
One idea that stood out to me was S.F.’s idea. It solved a problem in a simple, yet unique and fun way: Making a newspaper that is very design-centered and aesthetically pleasing would be something I would love to be involved in, especially since I want to go into print journalism and I care about the state of newspapers.
Like Paul said, you can be involved in ideas that aren’t necessarily your own. Since I’m not the best at coming up with ideas, at least I can be a part of someone else’s and help to make it grow into something bigger. I think the collaboration part of entrepreneurship was interesting to hear a little bit about.
Having class in the Hatch and pitching ideas actually felt comfortable to me, and it showed me how excited I am to work with my classmates to make something new and helpful for other students.