About Us

We support underrepresented entrepreneurs to develop the knowledge, confidence, and skills needed to launch and grow a business. We do this through delivering workshops, events, and 1:1 volunteering support, connecting entrepreneurs in a vibrant supportive community, and building networks and partnerships with other organisations who share our vision.

Since 2014, we’ve supported close to 8,000 founders, approximately 6,450 founders through our community events and mentoring, and 1,350 founders through our in-depth programmes such as Hatch Launchpads, Incubators and Accelerators, on their journey to build sustainable, impactful businesses, bringing them together with the experience and skills of  more than 1000 mentors and coaches in the process. Up until early 2020, the majority of the entrepreneurs we worked with were based in London and the South East. Having since taken our portfolio of support programmes online, increasingly we now work with entrepreneurs from right across the UK. 

Who We Help

We recognise that talent is equally distributed but opportunities are not. Too many people are unfairly prevented from realising their entrepreneurial potential to positively impact their own lives, the lives of others in the community and wider society. We’re working to change that by focusing our support on underrepresented founders, which includes women and other marginalised genders, racially minoritised groups, founders with disabilities, and those without a previous work or business background, as well as impact founders to launch, grow and thrive in their businesses.

7K+

7,800+ UK founders have been supported through our programmes and events since 2014.

84%

Of founders on our core programmes are women

64%

Of founders on our core programmes are from Black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds

70%

Of founders on our core programmes run an impact business

Awards and Recognition

  • We have appeared annually in the Pioneer’s Post NatWest SE100 Index since 2019, and were named as finalists three times in the Social Business Awards for the Trailblazing Newcomer (2016), Resilience (2019), and Equality (2023) categories, the last of which we were then named highly commended.
  • We won the Santander Changemaker Award, the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards, and Enterprising Britain Awards for Building Enterprise Skills (2017), and were named on the Social Enterprise Index (2022).
  • We were shortlisted for Charity of the Year and Digital Transformation of the Year in the Charity Times Awards (2022). In the prestigious Third Sector Awards we were shortlisted for Fundraising Team of the Year (2022) and the programmes team was named finalist in Frontline Team of the Year (2023).
  • We were nominated for, and named finalist in, the Best Value Collaboration Award from the Social Value Leadership Group for our partnership with Peabody Trust in 2023.
Natwest SE100 2023 Highly Commended Award Pioneers Posts's SE100 Top 100 2022 award Natwest's SE100 Top 100 2021 award Natwest's SE100 Finalist 2019 award Enterprising Britain Award The 30th lord mayor's dragon awards Community partners finalist 2017

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