Since 2014, Hatch has pioneered a unique approach to entrepreneurship support activities, utilising a mix of exclusive events, peer support, hands-on seminars and 1:1 consultations to level the playing field and ensure all entrepreneurs, whatever their background, are given the chance to make their mark.
Hatch recognise that talent is equally distributed but opportunities are not. Too many people are unfairly prevented from realising their entrepreneurial potential to positively impact their own lives, the lives of others in the community and wider society. They’re working to change that by focusing support on underrepresented founders, which includes women and other marginalised genders, racially minoritised groups, founders with disabilities, and those without a previous work or business background, as well as impact founders to launch, grow and thrive in their businesses.
Funding from Postcode Innovation Trust, thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery, was used to deliver incubator and accelerator programmes, along with mentoring, for underrepresented founders.
Hatch also received funding for their Rapid Response and Rebuilding programme in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Social enterprises were supported with a 12-month programme, consisting of a six-month rapid response phase and a six-month rebuilding phase.