Over 6 months you will grow your connections, access mentorship, and have access to expert led workshops to level up your marketing, turnover, and investment.
Being on the programme has helped me and my business grow by increasing the size and quality of my network, giving me a relevant peer group. It’s the most useful thing I’ve done to transition from founder to CEO.
24 hours of expert-led masterclasses on topics including strategy, finance, leadership, marketing, HR, operations, sales and pitching.
24 hours of facilitated peer learning, peer coaching, and accountability groups. Gain fascinating insights, exchange ideas and swap skills with like-minded individuals.
Showcase your business to a panel of experts and get actionable feedback on how to take your business to the next level.
Interview stage: Ongoing
Hackathons are for anyone who has a business idea and wants to learn more about becoming an entrepreneur. Over two days, you will learn about the entrepreneurial skills you need to bring your business idea to life.
Launchpads are for entrepreneurs who have a business idea, understand the problem they are trying to solve, and are ready to start their entrepreneurial journey. Over six workshops, you will learn the basics of entrepreneurial mindset, business strategy, finance, marketing and pitching that you need to get your business off the ground.
Incubators are for entrepreneurs who have been running their business for some time and are ready to start focusing on growth and expanding their team. Over nine workshops, you will learn the skills you need in business modelling, product/market fit, finance, legal, branding, wellbeing and pitching in order to make your side hustle your full-time job.
Accelerators are business and leadership programmes that have been designed for entrepreneurs who are ready to scale their business and impact. Over twelve workshops, you will evaluate your personal leadership strengths and the opportunities for your business to grow, and tap into the knowledge of the other entrepreneurs on the programme to plan your path to sustainable growth.
You can see all the programmes we’re currently offering on our programmes page: www.hatchenterprise.org/our-programmes
Hatch programmes are for entrepreneurs based in the UK. Every programme we run has different application criteria that allows us to best tailor our support.
This New Founders programme aims to level the playing field in entrepreneurship, so we welcome and prioritise applications from underrepresented groups including Black, Asian, and Ethnic Minority founders, women and other marginalised genders, disabled founders, and LGBTQIA+ founders. Some cohorts are reserved for entrepreneurs who meet specific criteria, which you can see on each application form.
The New Founders Launchpad is suitable for you if you:
The New Founders Incubator is suitable for you if you:
The New Founders Accelerator is suitable for you if you:
The New Founders Hackathon is suitable for you if you:
You can express your interest in one of our programmes using the application form. Try to answer the questions in as much detail as possible, as we don’t ask applicants to submit a business plan or model. The programme manager will then be in touch to let you know if you are invited to an interview as the next stage. In the interview, we will ask questions about yourself and your business to see if you are a good fit for the programme. After the interview, we’ll let you know if you have been selected to take part in the programme.
In each of our programmes you will get access to:
Until further notice we will continue to run all of our programmes online.
If you would like to apply for a bursary sign-up to the programme using the application form above and if your application is successful you will be invited to an online interview, during this interview you can ask about applying for a bursary place.
No. Hatch’s programmes provide support to entrepreneurs, but we don’t take any equity or stake in your business.
Like most early-stage programmes, Hatch cannot sign an NDA, but we won’t share any confidential information from the application process or interviews.
Most of the Hatch team either have been or are entrepreneurs, so we understand how tricky it is to commit to recurring meetings when life is so busy. However, one of the most encouraging pieces of feedback we receive from entrepreneurs is that our programmes allow them to take a step back, to work on the business rather than in it. Therefore we ask that participants attend at least 75% of all workshops and events.
After you finish the programme, you will become part of the Hatch community. You can continue to interact with other entrepreneurs, join events, and share news and opportunities.
For the Hackathon, you are both welcome to book places separately and take part together.
For the Launchpad, Incubator and Accelerator programmes, we ask that there is one primary founder who takes part in the programme and attends the workshops. Co-founders or business partners are welcome to attend some events and 121 support alongside the main founder.