Are you a Disabled or neurodivergent entrepreneur ready to launch your business idea? Our new Launchpad is tailored specifically for Disabled and neurodivergent founders at the start of their entrepreneurial journey.

Over this three-month programme, you’ll join a cohort of early-stage founders to explore essential business topics and learn from Disability advocates and industry experts. From marketing and finance to pitching and networking, you’ll gain the skills and confidence to build a strong business foundation. Apply for our Launchpad now and join a community of like-minded entrepreneurs who will support you on your journey.

£1K

Graduates can apply through a competitive process for up to £1k of funding.

.My perspective is multi-faceted, shaped by my identity as a woman, my upbringing in council estates, my Kurdish heritage, and living with a disability. Organisations like Hatch have been instrumental in offering essential tools and resources tailored for individuals like me.

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About the Programme

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Eligibility Criteria:

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  • You have an idea and want to launch your own business

  • You identify as disabled or neurodivergent

  • You are based in the UK

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Expert-Led Sessions

12 hours of expert-led masterclasses on mission development, business modelling, product/market fit, branding, sales, marketing, funding, and pitching, featuring Disability advocates and business specialists

Cohort-Based Peer Learning

12+ hours of peer learning and peer coaching, plus informal drop in advice sessions. Gain fascinating insights, exchange ideas and swap skills with like-minded individuals.

1-2-1 Support

Access to mentors to support you with navigating your business challenges.

Demo Day

Showcase your business to a panel of experts and get actionable feedback on how to take your business to the next level.

+122%

Launchpad founders said their confidence in being able to access the funding they need increased by 122%

+111%

Launchpad founders said their ability to measure the impact of their business went up by 111%.

+89%

Launchpad founders said their ability to communicate the impact their organisation was having went up by 89%.

“The mentoring was definitely the thing that helped me the most. If I need any help with anything they’ll give me a mentor that is specific to my needs,.. They’ve given me something that I never ever thought would be possible. I am a founder, I am a boss of my business”

Sylvia Mac

Founder Love Disfigure. Launchpad Graduate

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Programme Schedule

The programme takes place online and consists of 6 expert-led sessions, 6 workshops and a pitch day. 

1

What is the problem I want to solve?:

Creating your vision, mission, impact and values

  • Expert session: Wed 2 Oct 6pm-8pm
  • Workshop: Wed 9 Oct 6pm-8pm

2

How will I solve the problem?:

Business model and strategy: The Lean Business Model Canvas

  • Expert session: Wed 16 Oct 6pm-8pm
  • Workshop: Wed 23 Oct 6pm-8pm

3

Will my plan work?:

Product/market fit and identifying your customer

  • Expert session: Wed 30 Oct 6pm-8pm
  • Workshop: Wed 6 Nov 6pm-8pm

4

How much will it cost?:

Costing, pricing and finance

  • Expert session: Wed 13 Nov 6pm-8pm
  • Workshop: Wed 20 Nov 6pm-8pm

5

How will I sell it?:

Branding, marketing, and sale

  • Expert session: Wed 27 Nov 6pm-8pm
  • Workshop: Wed 4 Dec 6pm-8pm

6

How will I fund it?: 

Funding and accessing funding through pitching

  • Expert session: Wed 8 Jan 6pm-8pm
  • Workshop: Wed 15 Jan 6pm-8pm

7

Demo Day:

Pitching your business to friendly Dragons

  • Wed 22 Jan 10am-12pm

8

Graduation Day:

Graduation celebration

  • Wed 22 Jan 6pm-8pm

Accessibility

Our goal is to make our programs as accessible as possible. Each program is designed with input from our cohorts and tailored to meet the unique needs of each group. During the application process, we will ask you to detail any accessibility needs we can support you with.

If you would like to request support in completing your application (e.g. transcribing your application answers), or to discuss your accessibility needs please book a call with us or email programmes@hatchenterprise.org

  • Assistance completing the application form via Zoom or phone call 
  • Alternate application form formats (large print, audio)
  • Providing interview questions ahead of time
  • Captions enabled on all sessions
  • Option to have the camera off
  • Session materials sent in advance 
  • Support workers are welcome to join sessions as well as AI notetakers upon permission from all cohort participants. 
  • Additional support from the programming team, including 1:1 sessions
  • Experts and facilitators representative of the cohort
  • Frequent breaks
  • Expert sessions are recorded for review afterwards as many times as you’d like
  • Flexibility around attendance, e.g., if you cannot attend a session, we can offer a 1:1 catch-up with the programme manager

Who we are

Hatch is a charity that supports underrepresented entrepreneurs from across the UK to imagine, launch, and grow businesses and organisations that are sustainable, successful, and have a positive and lasting impact on their communities.  We’re working towards a fairer society by helping develop these founders’ skills, knowledge and confidence through our support programmes designed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs.

We’re not typical of the third sector. Although we’re a charity, as entrepreneurs ourselves we know what it takes to grow a business. We recognise that talent is equally distributed across society, but opportunities are not. Too many people from underrepresented backgrounds are unfairly prevented from realising their entrepreneurial potential to positively impact their own lives, the lives of others in their community and wider society. We’re working to change that by creating an inclusive ecosystem where everyone has access to the power of entrepreneurship to create a fairer economy.

Consequently, while much of our work and support is accessible to all, we focus on supporting founders who are women, from an ethnic minority background, or live with a disability or are neurodivergent – essentially anyone who might typically get overlooked when it comes to getting what they need to launch and grow an organisation in the UK.

7k+

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

84%
More than 8 in 10 of founders on our longer term support programmes are women or identify as women.
64%
More than 6 in 10 of founders on our longer term support programmes are from an ethnic minority background.

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Michelle Adams

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I have had such a great experience with Hatch on the Female Founders Incubator Course from start to finish. I cannot thank them enough for all the advice, tips and help I have received throughout. I would 100% recommend Hatch to anyone who is starting a business or have already formed and running one.

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Ruth Sturdy

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Doing the Hatch Female Founders course was a huge turning point for me and my small business. The support was superb and the knowledge gained is something I will forever be grateful for. Huge thanks to the wonderful team that make up Hatch.

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Price:

FREE

This programme is valued at over £1500, but thanks to the generosity of our partner the programme is provided free of charge.

Date of next programme:

2nd Oct 2024 – 22nd Jan 2025

Application deadline: 19th August 2024
Location:  Online
Do you have any questions? Are you unsure if this is the right course for you? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by booking a call, or emailing our team at programmes@hatchenterprise.org.

Frequently asked questions

You can apply for this programme if you identify as disabled or neurodivergent, are based in the UK, and want to launch your own business or have just launched your business but need support with the basics.

You can find a step-by-step guide to our application process here.

All of the sessions take place online and are conducted through Zoom.

No, you will not need to prove to us in any way that you have a disability. During the application process we will ask you to share any accessibility needs you have so that we can tailor the programme to best suit you and the group.

This programme is designed specifically for disabled and neurodiverse founders. The content of the programme will be co-designed based on the group’s needs and will feature Disability advocates and business experts representative of the cohort.

Yes, support workers and PAs are welcome to join our sessions. We cannot offer funding for support worker or PA hours for the duration of the programme.

Much of the learning in our programmes is through peer-to-peer support and coaching. Each session will involve whole group discussions and smaller breakout room sessions (groups of 2 – 6 people), in which all participants are encouraged to participate. If requested, you will be sent the session materials beforehand, which will include group discussion points for you to prepare. We always aim to ensure these group sessions are safe spaces, where we hope you feel comfortable to participate and share. If you are hesitant about this for any reason please reach out to Niamh, who is happy to discuss this with you in more detail. You can book a call with Niamh, or email her at programmes@hatchenterprise.org.

Our accessibility supports include, but are not limited to:

  • Assistance completing the application form via Zoom or phone call
  • Alternate application form formats (large print, audio)
  • Providing interview questions ahead of time
  • Captions enabled on all sessions
  • Option to have the camera off
  • Session materials sent in advance
  • Support workers are welcome to join sessions, as well as AI notetakers upon permission from all cohort participants. 
  • Additional support from the programming team, including 1:1 sessions
  • Experts and facilitators representative of the cohort
  • Frequent breaks
  • Expert sessions are recorded for review afterwards as many times as you’d like
  • Flexibility around attendance, e.g., if you cannot attend a session, we can offer a 1:1 catch-up with the programme manager

We understand this list does not fully depict the access needs we can accommodate, and our Marketing and Recruitment Manager, Niamh, is here to assist you and answer your questions. Please email programmes@hatchenterprise.org or book a video or phone call with Niamh to discuss the programme and any support you require.