About Us

About Us

Our staff and trustees are passionate about providing that crucial early stage support essential in enabling start-ups to become financially sustainable. We live and breathe entrepreneurship, we understand the path to success… and it’s a journey best taken together.

So, without further ado…

We need to support underreperesented entrepreneurs urgently and Hatch’s programmes are one great way we can super-charge this support!

Martha Lane Fox CBE


Our Purpose

We provide community-based entrepreneurship programmes to emerging entrepreneurs, through an eco-system of support that includes the provision of knowledge, mentorship and workspace.

Our Mission

We are creating a fairer society by supporting diverse and impact founders into business.

Our Practice

Is to help entrepreneurs develop the knowledge and skills needed to access meaningful self-employment opportunities, including starting or growing a business or social enterprise.

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Jessica Brown

Jessica Brown is the Social Investment Infrastructure Fund Manager at the Barrow Cadbury Trust. Jessica has responsibility to develop and deliver the infrastructure fund to strengthen and diversify the social investment market, which the Barrow Cadbury Trust manages in partnership with the Access Foundation. With a fund of £1.8m over three years, the investments and grants made by the fund will enhance existing infrastructure, bring new entrants into the sector and develop new tools and methods of data sharing to facilitate market-building. Jessica has experience in social investment, community finance and grant-making, having worked in leadership roles across social enterprises and charitable trusts in the UK and abroad for the past 15 years. Previous roles include Director of the Tellus Mater Foundation and Head of Access to Finance at the new economics foundation. Early in her career, Jessica worked in investment banking at Merrill Lynch in New York and London. Jessica has served as a trustee for several small charities and early stage social enterprises, and is currently Chair of Hatch Enterprise, a social enterprise incubator in South London.


Aman Johal

Before joining Big Society Capital with a focus on housing and employment, she worked for J.P. Morgan, leading the firm’s philanthropic programme across the UK on employment and skills. During her time there she also played a leadership role in the roll out of signature programmes and in building the visibility of the impact of the firm’s philanthropic efforts across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to this she held a number of positions across the non-profit and public sectors in the UK, including at the Young Foundation, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in public affairs for a national health charity and as a caseworker for a benevolent fund working on the frontline to administer support to beneficiaries.
Aman joined the board of Hatch to support its growth and social investment aspirations as well as its strategic ambitions to diversify entrepreneurship in the UK.
“I’ve known Hatch since its very beginning and I am extremely proud to support such an enterprising charity with a big mission to at its core”

Edmund Papworth

Edmund is a Partner with Jenson Solutions. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Grant Thornton UK LLP in London where he worked in audit, Corporate Finance, Project Finance and latterly the Government, Infrastructure and Advisory team. His career at Grant Thornton saw him work for both the private and public sectors as well as working internationally. He has worked across a range of sectors including transport, waste and renewable energy, urban regeneration, leisure and manufacturing, helping to bid large contracts, complete financial models and provide wider strategic and commercial advice. He is passionate about working with SME’s to drive growth in their business, explore new routes to market and maximise their sustainability. He is also a mentor for ICAS and Virgin Start Ups.


Thomas Schreiber

As angel investor and startup advisor, Thomas focuses on underrepresented founders that have a positive impact on society. He has been mentoring founders on a broad range of topics since 2013, supporting Google for Startups, Google’s internal incubator and Techstars.

With more than 20 years of experience in technology, media and privacy in a diverse set of roles including 14 years at Google, he has been responsible for strategy & operations, regional sales management, hands-on sales and project management. Thomas joined Shazam ($400m exit) as one of the first employees and worked on everything that needed to be done to launch the service and make it commercially successful. Thomas has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh.

Board Observers

Anne-Helene Sinha Teyssedre

For the last ten years, I have worked as a senior consultant, trainer, researcher and mentor with strategic management consultancies in France and UK.

Having obtained a business management degree, I have worked in many countries including Australia, France, India, Vietnam and UK and undertaken consultancy support work for major corporations, public organisations as well as a number of small enterprises and charities.

I have first-hand experience in the third sector having worked with numerous local and national charities, VCOs and social enterprises, helping them to diversify their income streams, apply for funding and grow successfully, I have also delivered a number of enterprise skills programmes, which has allowed me to mentor personally over 30 individual entrepreneurs.

Aisha Natamkar

A passionate, motivated individual who has a thirst for knowledge and is keen to learn. My varied roles allow me to combine my technical experience in investment analysis, structuring derivatives and designing complex structured solutions, with my ability to build strong relationships and communicate successfully as a salesperson to engage effectively in most industries.


Iqbal Wahhab


Iqbal Wahhab has lived in Britain for almost his whole life and in a career spanning 30 years he has built a reputation for delivering world-class excellence through his highly successful restaurant businesses, Roast and The Cinnamon Club. It was Iqbal’s early experience in the media which saw him run his own hospitality PR business and Indian food publication, Tandoori Magazine that launched his career in the restaurant industry.

In 2003 he co-authored The Cinnamon Club Cookbook and in 2005 opened the highly renowned Roast, the British restaurant and bar in Borough Market.

Iqbal has won a number of major awards and accolades during his career. He was voted one of the Top 10 Restaurateurs in Britain in an Independent on Sunday survey and listed in the Caterer Power 100, GQ 100 Most Connected and The Sunday Times Maserati Top 100 business start-up mentors. He has also received an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of East London and an Honorary Doctorate in Science from the University of West London.

He chairs two social enterprises – Mum’s The Chef and Bounce Back and is actively engaged in the prison reform agenda, social entrepreneurship and in the social investment sector.
What Iqbal said about joining Hatch as a Patron: “I’ve long watched how Brixton’s entrepreneurial talent has been growing in the past. There is a sense of people in Brixton and South London generally that they are building themselves into the centre. Hatch is empowering them to be part of this and being a patron with Hatch is a great way of getting involved in this movement.”

Since 2013, Hatch has pioneered a unique approach to enterprise incubation and entrepreneurship support activities across London, and we are one of the UK’s leading community enterprise charities tackling social inequality.

The communities in which we work face particular challenges associated with poverty and deprivation; our approach is a community-based intervention designed to build social capital locally through an ecosystem of support.

Through our dedicated interventions, we help diverse and underrepresented Change Makers to test, start and grow their ventures, giving particular support (financial and non-financial) to entrepreneurs from underrepresented groups. With each business that is launched and nurtured through our programmes we not only transform the lives of these entrepreneurs but also enable them to make an impact on their communities.

For our work to date, we have won the “Enterprising Britain 2017” Awards (‘Building Enterprise Skills’ category), were a Finalist in the 30th “Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards” in 2017 and were a SE100 Social Impact Finalist in 2016. Hatch is also a London Living Wage employer.

We work with two target groups:

Social Enterprises: They face all the regular startup challenges in addition to a whole other set, such as evaluating impact or legal and regulatory hurdles.
Female Founders: Many women find it difficult to get their business off the ground as they often face additional challenges not typically shared by their male counterparts.

The Problem

There is no doubt that starting a business is challenging. Start-up statistics indicate that 9 out of 10 entrepreneurs will fail within 3 years without dedicated, holistic support. This statistic is even more significant for entrepreneurs that don’t come from affluent families and who don’t have a support network available to them.

  • Lack of local support

  • Isolation

  • Limited start-up spaces

  • Lack of start-up finance

  • Lack of business skills

  • Access to networks

Our Solution

Our programmes help startups validate their business model, improve their marketing strategy and increase their sales. Throughout their journey with us, they build a strong community of peers, by exchanging ideas and swapping skills. At the end they receive on-going support from their mentors, that help them build and refine a powerful strategy to become sustainable in the long run.

Hatch Launchpad: Our early stage programme delivering personal coaching, business workshops and a testing ground for early stage business ideas.

Hatch Incubator: An immersive programme providing workshops, 1-2-1 coaching, mentoring, and access to work space. For established entrepreneurs.

Hatch Accelerator: An innovative business and leadership programme for entrepreneurs wanting to scale an existing business.

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Our Ambassadors

An ambassador’s role is to help us to grow and develop an awareness of what we do within their network whilst connecting with other supporters.

Richard Brophy

Consultant – Paddy Power Betfair

Esperanza Cerdan

Programme Director – Deutsche Bank

John Citron


Deuan German

Manager – Maroon Town

Thomas Grynbaum

M&A Associate – Rothschild

Robert von Kaufman

Deutsche Bank

Peter Krishan

Executive Director – JP Morgan

Carla Miller

Executive coach – Carla Miller Coaching & Consultancy

Hannah Mitchell

Head of Knowledge and Innovation – vinspired

Karen Pepper

Head of the UK & Ireland – Amazon Pay

Darrel Sheinman

Gearbox Records

Adrian Smalley

Programme Architect – Salesforce

Ready to start your journey with Hatch?