Thursday, December 11, 2014

Old Town Marquee, Lansing, Michigan

Countdown 5:00 PM

Drinks and Hors d'oeuvres

Beer, wine and appetizers provided.

Launch 6:00 PM

Keynote Address

Matt Jason and Jeremy Sprague, founders of Sleepwalker Spirits and Ale.

The Hatching @ LAUNCHED

The culmination of The Hatching startup pitch competition: winner awarded $10K in seed funding.

Innovator of the Year Award

Presented by Lansing Community College.

Orbit 7:00 PM

Celebration continues with music and entertainment.

Afterburn 8:00PM

Post-event party and networking at Dublin Square Irish Pub in East Lansing

Special Guests

Matt Jason

President, Sleepwalker Spirits

Matt Jason is a local award-winning educator who has worked in schools and with teachers in several different countries over the last 15 years. His fascination with all things food and beverage led him to learn more about the unique eating and drinking traditions of the world, and inspired him to open his own brewery and distillery in Lansing. Matt has brewed beer since he was 19, and over the last 6 years has worked with his partner, Jeremy Sprague, to learn all the ins and outs of commercial brewing and distilling in order to open their own community-owned business. At the moment, Matt staffs the Sleepwalker to-go room and manages the fundraising portion of the business.

Jeremy Sprague

VP Operations, Sleepwalker Spirits

Jeremy Sprague has been a fixture of the greater Lansing music scene for more than 20 years. His 24-year career as a highly demanded musician-entertainer provides him with a set of wide-ranging experiences in hundreds of restaurant and bar settings across the Midwest and New England. Jeremy is a fourth-generation performer, having grown up in the bar culture since the age of seven, and has been studying distilling and brewing for over six years, including having successfully completed the World Brewing Academy Concise Brewing Course from the Siebel Institute in Chicago. He currently performs five nights a week in a range of entertainment establishments as well as leading the brewing duties at Sleepwalker.

Chad Munce

Digital Media Strategist, MLive

Chad Munce is a digital media strategist for MLive Media Group, serving as resident “guru” at MLive Lansing for audience targeting, content marketing, search engine marketing and optimization, and social media strategy. Prior to that, Munce was business development manager for start-up software company Raystream and Group Executive of Marketing and Digital Imaging at Photo Marketing Association International in Jackson, Mich.

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