Celebrating Our Team: We’ve Been Shortlisted for Three Awards

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✩ Hatch has been shortlisted for three awards; two from Charity Times for ‘Charity of the Year’ and ‘Digital Transformation of the Year’, and one from Third Sector for ‘Fundraising Team of the Year’ ✩

"Building and growing any organisation is not easy. In fact, we know from hard experience that many founders do not make it past their third year, the much feared startup valley of death. For the first 3 years Hatch was an experiment on whether we could build an organisation that would deliver impactful enterprise support to underrepresented founders and whether there was appetite from partners, funders and investors to help us do that. We always say that it “takes a village to support a founder” and its true. We wouldn’t have been here if it wasn’t for the trust, engagement and continual investment of our partners and funders, which really helped us build an inclusive, impactful enterprise support ecosystem."

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The Charity Times Awards return for their 23rd Year with the objective of recognising and celebrating the outstanding development in various fields of charity management and supporters of the sector.

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The Charity of the Year will be awarded to a UK-registered charity that consistently delivered outstanding service to its beneficiaries, promoted and raised its cause, been clear in its goals and strategy, and demonstrated excellence all round.

Since Hatch started in 2014, our mission has been to support underrepresented founders to start and grow businesses as a way of creating a fairer society. We are proud to say that we have now supported a total of 6,800 underrepresented founders through our programmes.

In the past year we have supported 744 founders, 80% of which were women or another marginalised gender, 71% were ethnic minorities, and 16% had a disability.

These huge feats would never have been possible without the holistic support of our community and collaborative efforts across all Hatch teams, our partners, and funders.

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The Digital Transformation of the Year award is designed for charities who are able to evidence a total overhaul of their digital operations throughout the pandemic. 

Hatch is a charity that thrives on human connection, so moving everything to digital delivery during the pandemic wasn’t easy.

Yet over the last two years, we’ve delivered more workshops, talks and free events, and supported more founders from diverse backgrounds than ever before.  

Digital delivery has not only provided benefits for our founders, but also the entire Hatch team, with digital collaboration meaning that needs arising due to health, religion, lifestyle, and more can be accommodated.

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One of Third Sector’s most important  missions is to recognise the achievements of charities making a difference to society. They pride themselves on providing a platform for educating and inspiring the sector by promoting examples of best practice of those working to achieve this goal.

The Fundraising Team of the Year is awarded on the basis of innovation and quantifiable results that achieve or exceed the aims of campaigns during the past year with evidence of how strong teamwork led to fruitful results for the charity.

As we approach our ten year anniversary as a charity, we continue our ambitious growth trajectory and are actively building  a supportive ecosystem for underrepresented founders across the UK.

Due to the fundraising team’s efforts, Hatch is in the best position possible to continue growing and supporting existing and new beneficiaries across the country.

Doubling Hatch’s income in the space of a year is no mean feat, yet that’s what Hatch’s fundraising team has achieved.

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They have been actively diversifying our income, and have continued to build more partnerships with brands such as Patagonia that are making a difference to UK changemakers supporting ethnic minorities to access the outdoors.

Not bad for a team of four, three of whom had not even started at the start of the financial year. 

"We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for this award, which honours the efforts of our small team and the generosity of our partners who share our vision of building a fairer world through entrepreneurship. It is thanks to their commitment that Hatch has just celebrated its most successful year to date."


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Rebekah Capon, Director of Development

As Director of Development, Rebekah designs, develops and implements Hatch’s five year fundraising and business plans, and keeps the wider fundraising team motivated and inspired.

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Deryl Thatcher, Head of Corporate Partnerships

Deryl is our Head of Corporate Partnerships, championing support from brands and organisations that have been an integral factor in our growth.

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Rosie Pannell, Head of Philanthropy

Rosie is our Head of Philanthropy, building meaningful relationships with trusts, foundations and individuals that share Hatch’s vision to create a more inclusive society through entrepreneurship.

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Seema Pirbhai, Fundraising and Partnerships Coordinator

Seema is our Fundraising and Partnerships Coordinator, advocating for inclusivity, diversity, gender and race equality in her role at Hatch.

✩ We are honoured to have been shortlisted for these awards, and  we are so inspired by the achievements of the other shortlisted charities, so it is a privilege to be recognised alongside them.

Find out who else has been shortlisted for the Charity Times and Third Sector awards.

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