Since pivoting to delivering our support to founders online in early 2020, we’re increasingly supporting people from across the UK, having previously focussed on founders in London and the South East. Now more than one in three founders (35%) supported through our cohort programmes are based outside of London, from richly diverse communities across the UK, all the way from Bognor Regis to Edinburgh.
We supported 283 UK founders through our cohort programme over the last financial year and we asked them about the areas of knowledge and expertise they felt had seen the biggest improvements before and after completing a Hatch programme. Among the biggest changes were:
The founder felt better able to access the funding they need, up 66%.
The founder felt they were more capable of measuring the impact of their business, up by 62%
Having the skills and knowledge to measure and communicate their organisation’s impact, an increase of 47%.
Hatch supported more than 800 founders through the community programme in 2022-23, which includes one on one consultations and mentoring, networking events, panel discussions, talks masterclasses and pitch practice days. This wraparound of support means regardless of a founder’s stage of business, founders can come to the community team for a broad range of support for both themselves and their businesses.
The number of founders we supported through our events
All of the community programme is free to access
The number of community events we ran for founders
In addition to offering opportunities for Hatch’s partner organisations like the YUM! Foundation, BlackRock, UBS, and NatWest to engage in skilled volunteering and come face to face with the founders we support, we along with several Hatch graduates, spent the day at parliament in October 2022 for the launch of a powerful new report by partner Youth Business International (YBI). Having contributed to and supported the launch of Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs, Hatch’s founders shared their insight and experiences of what being a young founder means to MPs and members of the APPG for Entrepreneurship at the House of Lords.
The report itself highlights the huge potential for young entrepreneurs to do more good through social enterprises, and makes recommendations that will help promote, support and encourage young founders to take the entrepreneurial leap. View the full report here.
More than 25 of Hatch’s partners were involved in supporting our community
The number of social enterprises and capacity building organisations that make up the Collective Leadership Group (CLG)
Enterprise and Climate Engagement and Partnerships, Natwest
Head of Digital Market Management, Deutsche Bank