Do you have a business idea but you’re not sure where to start? Our  Hackathon can help turn your business idea into a reality.

This one day Hackathon is an opportunity for people with a business idea and early stage entrepreneurs who want to get their ideas down on paper, brainstorm with other people in a similar position/stage and leave the session with a clear idea on what their idea could look like as a business.

Not only is this taster session a chance to meet other entrepreneurs and start building those all-important networks, you’ll get to develop your business ideas, get useful templates that’ll help you do that and practice communicating those ideas.

You’ll be gaining new skills to build your business ideas in a peer group, plus have the opportunity to meet other entrepreneurs who are further along in their journey, hear their story and take part in a live Q&A, giving you valuable insight into what life is like as an entrepreneur.

After this workshop, you’ll have a solid blueprint to help you build the foundations of your businesses, projects and ideas!

The group activities were most helpful. Love the initiative – super valuable. My next steps are to get on with it and get the idea into a reality whatever form it takes.

– Naila

The day kicks off with an inspiring panel discussion with a live Q&A

You’ll meet your peer group and share your ideas in a safe and encouraging space

You'll look at your customers and the problems you want to solve

You’ll dive into your unique value proposition

You’ll uncover key channels and potential metrics

You'll consider the finances you'll need

You’ll highlight your competition (or your potential partners and collaborators!)

You'll pitch your idea back to the group

Our founders’ stories

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14 May 2022


Location: Virtual, online via zoom


  • You want to increase your business knowledge, skills and confidence
  • You want to network and be part of a cohort of other entrepreneurs
  • You can commit to the full workshop
  • If you have any issues, please contact




Frequently asked questions

  • 9:30-10:30 Panel discussion from experienced entrepreneurs with Q&A from attendees
  • 10:30-11:00 Introductions from facilitators and attendees
  • 11:00-11:15 Break 
  • 11.15-11.45 Introduction to the Lean Business Model Canvas from facilitator
  • 11:45-12:15 Customers, Problem and Solution
  • 12:15-1:15 Lunch 
  • 1:15-2:00 Unique Value Proposition, Channels, Metrics, Cost, Revenue and Unfair Advantage
  • 2:00-2:15 Break 
  • 2:15-3:15 Sharing your Lean BMC back to the group
  • 3:15-3:30 Check out

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:

In each of our programmes you will get access to:

  • Expert-led workshops 
  • Facilitated group sessions with other entrepreneurs
  • 1-2-1 support 
  • Support developing and practicing your pitch 
  • Networking and events
  • Membership of Hatch’s community of founders

Until further notice we will continue to run all of our programmes online.

Like most early-stage programmes, Hatch cannot sign an NDA, but we won’t share any confidential information from the application process or interviews.

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.