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What is the Hatch Program?

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Everything you need to validate your business idea

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Validate your business idea with real customers and build your skills and network to help you progress your entrepreneurial journey.

Applications opening again soon!

Key Information

When

- February 2022

Where

- Virtual Program

What's included

- Work on your startup idea with the guidance of experienced agrifood experts and coaches
- Tailored support to each individual or team
- Access a comprehensive platform of resources and tools
- Unlock the opportunity to progress your idea through F2F pathways (Eg. F2F Hone)
- Connect with a large network of like-minded individuals, entrepreneurs, producers and customers 
- Improve your understanding of startup best practice

 

The Hatch Program is exactly that- where ideas are ‘hatched’. It is a 6-week program that will help you to work out whether your idea is worth pursuing.. and what to do next! It will teach you the core skills you need to test your startup idea quickly and cheaply- and how to pivot if it turns out your initial idea isn’t going to succeed.

The program is designed for individuals and teams who have an idea to solve a problem on farm or for the agrifood industry. These ideas could be around agtech solutions such as hardware, software and implements or ideas for new value-added food products.

The idea can be ‘hatched’ by a producer or by other individuals and teams (such as developers, inventors, researchers, entrepreneurs and students) who are working on an idea to solve a problem for producers and agrifood industries.

The key focus of the Hatch program is to validate your idea with real customers and form a 3-month plan to progress your idea and give you the confidence to decide whether to take the leap and start a new business venture.
 

Program coaches

Learn more about our coaches here

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Essential Skills you'll learn

Program overview

The program is structured over an intensive 6 weeks and is focused on validating your idea with potential customers. It will support you to test your ideas, build capabilities and confidence to develop a plan to take the next step in your journey as an entrepreneur.

The Hatch Program provides tailored resources and tools, 1:1 coaching and access to a network of producers and community.
 

•    How to work out if your startup idea is any good
•    What mistakes cause startups to fail, and how to avoid them
•    How to test your idea with over 30 customers
•    How to build a minimum viable product and conduct purchase tests
•    Develop a 3-month plan to progress your business idea to the next stage

Take your place on the Hatch program today!

Applications opening again soon!

Still got questions?

Book a quick call with us 

Who should apply?

Do you want to work out whether your idea is worth pursuing?

Do you need help to build your team and meet your first co-founder?

The Hatch program is for tinkerers, thinkers and change-makers who are working on an idea for a new business venture:

•    Technology (Software and Hardware) that solves a problem on farm or for the agrifood industry
•    Value-added food products for consumers
•    Service based business ideas

You could be:

  • A producer with an idea

  • Be in a team with a producer

  • Be a researcher/research team with an idea ready for commercialisation

  • A developer with an idea

  • A student with an idea

  • A entrepreneur with an idea

  • Be an individual or team looking to work on a solution with producers

How to apply?

Applications for the Hatch Program will be opening again soon!

Please note, in order to be eligible for the Hatch Program you will need to complete the Journey Starter Online program in F2F HQ.

 

Once you have completed the Journey Starter Program we will help you to get ready for the selection process.  

We will also be hosting regular information sessions to help you on your journey. You can register for a session through the F2F HQ portal here.
 

The Hatch Program is for individuals or teams that have completed the Journey Starter online course in F2F HQ.

Need more Information on our HQ program? Learn More

 

Applications to Hatch #2 will be opening soon!

Application Timeline

Apply today to be in the running to secure a place in the Hatch Program

Phase 2:
10 Jan-24 Jan 2022

JAN

  • Weekly info sessions

Phase 3:
31 Jan-13 Feb 2022

JAN

  • Selection process commences 

Phase 4:
14 Feb 2022

FEB

  • Finalists announced

Phase 5:
21 Feb 2021

FEB

  • Program Launches

Phase 1:
15 Nov 2021

NOV

  • Applications Open

  • Journey Starter Program Opens

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Applications for Hatch #2 Opening Soon!

Hatch program pathway

Hatch is the first program in our F2F education pathway

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Program Pathways

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Say 'Hi' to our Alumni

Some of our incredible producers who have completed and F2F program. Meet all our alumni here

FAQ's

We've got the answers you need to learn more about our program

When do applications open?


Applications open on 15th November 2021. Once you submit your application form the F2F team will be in touch to get you started on the F2F Journey Starter online course in F2F HQ. This online course is a pre-requisite for the Hatch program.




How many teams will be selected?


In previous programs, we have selected between 10-15 teams.




How do I apply?


Submit an application form by clicking the button Apply Now. We will be in touch to get you onboarded to the Journey starter online course. Once you complete the online Journey Starter Program we will help you to get ready to pitch for a place in the Hatch Program.




When does the program kick off?


Mid-February 2022




How long is the program?


6 weeks




Where is the program located?


The program will be delivered fully remotely via online platforms.




Do I need to have an idea for a business or technology?


Yes. You do not have to have started building it though. And it does not have to be a technology. Value-added food products for consumers, food processing tech and value chain innovations are all welcome to apply.




Do I need to be a producer?


NO. The Hatch program is for tinkerers, thinkers and change makers. You could be a: - Producer with an idea - Be in a team with a producer - Be a researcher/research team with an idea ready for commercialisation - A tech developer - A student - An entrepreneur - Be an individual or team looking to work on a idea with producers




Is this the only Hatch program you will run?


No we will have another Hatch program launching late 2022




What are the key benefits?


This program is designed to help you validate the potential of your idea and determine how far you want to take it. each participant will have different goals suchs as industry impact, getting closer to customers, building a big tech company or creating additional revenue streams- that's ok! We will help you to get started and give you the tools you need to progress toward your goals. Things you will learn: - How to operate using start up best practice -How to know if your idea is worth pursuing -What resources will be required to achieve your goals and how to attract them




What else do I get?


You will receive expert coaching, weekly exercises, access to a national community of agrifood innovators.




How does the program work?


The program is over 6 weeks and you will have regular group and 1:1 check ins. You will have access to regular masterclasses and other tools.




Does it cost anything?


No




Do you own my IP?


No!




How many hours per week will I need to commit?


Approximately 5hrs including contact time.




How can I learn more or ask questions?


Email admin@farmers2founders.com or book in some 1:1 time with the team.




How do you select participants?


All participants interested in the Hatch Program will be required to complete the F2F Journey Starter online program in HQ. During our selection process we will choose a shortlist of candidates who we will contact for a 1:1 chat with the team. We will provide support in getting you ready if you are successful in making it to the shortlist.





Still got questions?

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