What is the Hatch Program?
Everything you need to validate your business idea
Validate your business idea with real customers and build your skills and network to help you progress your entrepreneurial journey.
- February 2022
- Virtual Program
- 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.
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Essential Skills you'll learn
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!
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.
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Applications to Hatch #2 will be opening soon!
Apply today to be in the running to secure a place in the Hatch Program
10 Jan-24 Jan 2022
Weekly info sessions
31 Jan-13 Feb 2022
Selection process commences
14 Feb 2022
21 Feb 2021
15 Nov 2021
Journey Starter Program Opens
Applications for Hatch #2 Opening Soon!
Hatch program pathway
Hatch is the first program in our F2F education pathway
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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?
How long is the program?
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:
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.
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?
Do you own my IP?
How many hours per week will I need to commit?
Approximately 5hrs including contact time.
How can I learn more or ask questions?
Email email@example.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.